I've been creating a bunch of Video Essays for the online video streaming service, Fandor, during the last month. For those of you who don't know, Video Essays are short videos that share something about either the process of filmmaking, about creative people in the business, past and present, or simply point out something interesting about a particular approach or philosophy having to do with the filmmaking industry. Here is one I made called, FENCED OUT. In the movie, FENCES, originally a play by August Wilson, the main character Troy, played by Denzel Washington, is a garbage man who was a former Negro League Baseball star. When the color line was broken by Jackie Robinson in 1946, Major League Baseball become integrated and so the Negro Leagues went out of business. Unfortunately, Troy was too old to be brought into the majors by that time.
This video shows what the Negro Leagues were all about. It's a fascinating story of a successful franchise with stellar players who, if playing today, would be among baseball's biggest stars.