“Is This Heaven?”

Being an uber-awesome-baseball nerd certainly has its perks, and for me, one them has been getting to know Keith Carmack.

As many of you may know, Keith is our Podmaster (podcast director, editor and all-around-everything guy) and while he’s not making us sound good, he’s working very hard on a fantastic project that I’d like to share with you.

It’s a feature-length independent documentary entitled “Is This Heaven?” chronicling the fascinating life and career of Negro League star and Hall of Famer, Pete Hill, a man who hit 28 homeruns the same year Babe Ruth hit 29 (1919) and who may have the longest hitting streak in baseball history.

He may have been one of the greatest of all time but somehow this champion of America’s past time was almost completely forgotten.

After a storied career and incredible life everything about the man is lost, maybe even the man himself. However, a struggle to find the truth is underway. Independent historians and baseball fans have begun a long journey to restore a legacy. “Is This Heaven?” takes a look at the seemingly impossible task of righting the wrongs that have been done to Pete Hill posthumously.

Undercard Films

Here is the teaser:

“Is This Heaven?” Teaser from Undercard Films on Vimeo.

Since we first met, Keith has been working very diligently on this project and I have been very impressed with his progress.  He has worked with Negro League scholars, Pete Hill descendants and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

He got on base.  Moved to second.  Moved to third, and now he and his crew are ready to come home.  But, like any indie project, they need help.  Please visit Keith’s “Is This Heaven?” Kickstarter page to see how you can help see this project to completion.  Every little bit helps.

And baseball will never forget you for it.

Peace,

Jeff

7 Comments

I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of Pete Hill before but sounds like his story is worth telling. Tell your friend good luck with the project.

That’s the mission, Blue Jays Nest, to inform. Will pass on the message!
–Jeff

It’s so sad how the legacies of so many great Negro League players have been forgotten. I read a column in Sports Illustrated recently about a guy who is trying to get headstones for unmarked graves of former players. It’s great that people like him and your friend are finally honoring these players like they always deserved.
Catherine

What a great project! Indie films are the best and I hope this one succeeds in finding an audience. Very deserving.

Catherine — Yes, that’s a great way of putting it. It’s important to remember the past, especially for a group of athletes who were never given a fair shake.
Jane — I agree. I think this will hit home with the big baseball fanatics like us!
–Jeff

Ugh. I have a friend finishing up his MA in history and multi-media (basically a degree in making documentaries) and those copyright costs for clip inclusion are a stone plated B. Best of luck to Keith and company. This looks like a great project and I would love to see the finished film.
– Kristen

Catherine – I’m friends with the guy in the SI article. He plays a major roll in the doc.

-Keith

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