A year-and-a-half after it was filmed in and around the Quad-Cities, the baseball movie “Sugar” will step up to the plate in an area theater.
Doug Miller, the Davenport-based field producer for the movie, said a premiere at Showcase Cinemas 53 in Davenport is set for April 24. The movie opens April 3 in New York and Los Angeles.
“There was no way we weren’t going to screen it in Davenport,” co-producer Jeremy Kipp Walker said in a telephone interview Wednesday from New York. “Even if it was direct-to-DVD, we’d screen it in Davenport.”
The movie, about a Dominican Republic baseball player’s travails through minor league baseball, includes several scenes shot in the former John O’Donnell Stadium, now Modern Woodmen Park, on the Davenport riverfront.
The movie was filmed in four other cities, including Burlington, Iowa, as well as in the Dominican Republic, Phoenix and New York City.
“Definitely, the Iowa section was the best of it,” Walker said.
The movie was successful last year at the Sundance and Toronto International Film festivals and was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.
Miller said tentative plans on April 24 call for a screening of the movie, followed by a question-answer session with the filmmakers as well as a private reception.
Walker said his co-producers, Jamie Patricof and Paul Mezey, are planning to attend, as are the writers-directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
The filmmakers also are scheduled to conduct a master class with area college and high school filmmaking students.
“We enjoy that, coming back and being able to talk about it,” Walker said. “We can share the experience.”
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