Independent Film Chronicling Improbable Success of the 2005 Gibsonburg, Ohio, High School Baseball Team to Begin Ohio Theatre Run

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A feature film written, directed and produced by a Central Ohio entrepreneur will open in movie theatres across the state on June 7, 2013. The 90-minute film is based on the Gibsonburg high school baseball team’s improbable 2005 State Championship and is produced by Xcelerate Media Production Company, LLC.

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Baseball in many ways parallels life...It is a sport where you experience failure more than you encounter success...When you think of it in these terms Gibsonburg is a story that will resonate with everyone, regardless of whether you're a baseball fan.

The independent film, "Gibsonburg," is scheduled for an Ohio theatrical release June 7 through 13, 2013, at over 30 theatres across the state. The film will make its Ohio premiere – complete with a reception and red carpet walkway – on Wednesday, June 5, at the Marcus Cinema at Crosswoods in Columbus, Ohio.

The movie details the Gibsonburg high school baseball team's inspiring 2005 season. The team faced a disappointing regular season that ended in a dismal record of 6 wins and 17 losses. But everything changed in postseason play when the underdogs won eight straight, postseason games to win the state’s Division IV State Championship.

The movie is based on a book written in 2011 by Columbus businessman Bob Mahaffey. Convinced the story would translate well to the screen, Mahaffey then wrote a screenplay. The journey from screenplay to the Ohio premiere is nothing short of extraordinary, considering Mahaffey, president of Columbus-based Xcelerate Media, has no movie-making experience.

“I was convinced the story of this team winning despite all odds was one that would resonate with people of all ages,” Mahaffey explained. “But with little resources and no experience, I had to figure out a plan to make a major motion picture.”

Mahaffey turned to creative, hard-working college film students to get the job done. He recruited some 50 college students across Ohio to create his vision. Students handled everything from acting to lighting, sound, editing and cinematography. The film was shot during the summer of 2011 for approximately $250,000. In exchange for their work, students will collectively share in 50 percent of the film’s profits.

Last year, Gibsonburg premiered at the Dances With Films Festival at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film was one of 21 selected out of some 1,500 entries. A distribution deal was then cut with a Nashville company that includes a DVD release as well as video-on-demand availability. Over 30 Ohio theatres are scheduled to show the film June 7 through June 13. Mahaffey is confident the audience will take away the message he set out to convey: A story of inspiration, hope and perseverance.

“Baseball in many ways parallels life,” Mahaffey said. “It is a sport where you experience failure more than you encounter success. You have to be mentally prepared to overcome the odds that are stacked against you and learn to work hard to face the next pitch, the next at bat, the next game. You have to believe in yourself when others may not. When you think of it in these terms, Gibsonburg is a story that will resonate with everyone, regardless of whether you’re a baseball fan.”

Mahaffey also said the film fulfills a dream of his own. “I wanted to make a work of art that everyone involved could be proud of,” he said. “It has been my lifelong passion. In the end, life is most meaningful when we do the things we believe in. If you do that, you win.”

June 5, 2013

What: Red carpet arrivals, reception, Ohio premiere of Gibsonburg
Where: Marcus Cinema Crosswoods
             200 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus Ohio
When: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
             5:45pm Reception
             6:45 Red Carpet Arrivals        
             7:15 Screening

For more information contact Bob Mahaffey at: bmahaffey(at)xceleratemedia(dot)com

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