Cuba and Baseball Feature Documentary the Bases are Loaded in National DVD Release on October 31st

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Hall of Famer Monte Irvin returns to Cuba after 50 years in this compelling film.

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Cuba and baseball film The Bases Are Loaded (4th Street Films) has been acquired for distribution by Passion River Films and will be available on DVD via Netflix and other major retailers on October 31st (MSRP $24.95). The DVD offers viewers an exclusive opportunity to experience Cuba and its thriving baseball culture with a never-before-seen reunion between Monte Irvin and Connie Marrero, captured just before the embargo tightened its grip.

In The Bases Are Loaded Baseball Hall of Fame legend Monte Irvin returns to Cuba to reunite with former teammate and Cuban baseball icon Connie Marrero after a 50-year separation. The film reveals the cultural, social, and political complexities of Cuban baseball and America's relationship with the island nation, while highlighting the players' unique friendship. Backed by a soundtrack of Cuban contemporary and traditional music, the documentary brings audiences on a unique journey through the gritty and beautiful streets of Havana.

Film Critic and NPR/XM Satellite Radio Airtalk Host Larry Mantle calls The Bases Are Loaded, "A touching look at the power of America's pastime to bridge significant gaps in culture and language. This film is for anyone who appreciates baseball's remarkable history and the warmth of the Cuban people."

Bases Director Jeffrey Nagel has a family history steeped in baseball -- two of his great uncles Gene and Bill Lillard played for the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League with Joe DiMaggio before moving east to play with the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Athletics respectively. This, along with a passion for travel, inspired the director to capture a trip to Cuba on camera. When Baseball Hall of Fame legend Monte Irvin joined the travel group, the story of The Bases Are Loaded was born.

About 4th Street Films:

4th Street Films is a production company that produces films, commercials and other creative content for cross-platform media. The Bases Are Loaded is the company's premiere feature documentary. For additional information, please visit

About Passion River Films:

Since 1998, Passion River Films has been devoted to acquiring, distributing, and representing unique independent films and documentaries. As a film distributor, they also offer marketing services to marketing services to filmmakers self-distributing their independent film. For more information please visit

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