2020 Festival

Archived: Stealing Home

Director in attendance.
Cost: $5
Tickets: at the door only
Location: 2500 S. Washington Ave.

*Alcohol offered at this event

Lansing Public Media Center / 2500 S Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910

Documentary Feature, Short Film

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Stealing Home

To the City of Detroit, it’s a nine-acre abandoned lot. But to generations of baseball fans it still feels like home. After Tiger stadium was demolished in 2009, blight sprung up. But a group of citizens took action, chopping down weeds, mowing the grass, and lovingly maintaining the ball field. In a city facing bankruptcy it sounds like a feel-good story. But city officials want to sell the land. They see these volunteers as trespassers. But the grounds crew keeps going, tirelessly spending their time, energy, and money to preserve the field. Can a baseball field be considered sacred ground? Why is it important for cities to preserve memory? Can the grounds crew save the field? Or will they be thrown out stealing home?


Jason Roche / 2013 / 87 minutes / English / USA

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The car that was once the quintessential image of the American Dream is all but dead – at least for most people. There are some, however, who still cling to the station wagon and what it represents in American culture. Wagonmasters, a documentary film, offers glimpses into the lives of such wagon enthusiasts, and tells the story of the station wagon as it represents a changing America over the last one hundred years.

Sam Smartt / 2012 / 19 minutes / English / USA