EFFA

  • Format Feature Film
  • Status In Development
  • Genre Drama | Historical
  • Audience Adults
  • Rating PG-13
  • Synopsis

    I didn’t look like my Negro sisters. So when I went to places for Negroes only, people said I was in the wrong place. They were right. I never belonged in places that separated Negroes and whites. But take me to a baseball stadium—and I could see freedom forever! Yankee Stadium is where I met Abraham Lincoln Manley. That old man loved me so much, he took me—a young light-skinned girl—to Tiffany’s and bought me a five-carat diamond. Then do you know what he bought me? A baseball team!! A baseball team!! Abe made me co-owner of the Newark Eagles! And then he made me manager, 'cause he believed in me even before I did. But I still kept fighting for civil rights. Because prejudice wasn’t going away. Why should I? Some people called me a sore spot. But others called me a game changer. Because I knew when to swing. When to bunt. And when to walk away. Our most important success was the Eagles' victory in the Negro League World series! Some of our top players—Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, Satchel Paige and Don Newcome—went on to the majors. So many others followed them there, that in 1948, Abe and I sold the team. Abe passed a few years later, but I kept working to make sure that the men of the Negro League weren’t forgotten. It was a glorious time both on the field and off. I lived and breathed that dusty game. Oh, I loved baseball.

    Effa Manley

Synopsis

An American Baseball Legend

I didn’t look like my Negro sisters. So when I went to places for Negroes only, people said I was in the wrong place. They were right. I never belonged in places that separated Negroes and whites. But take me to a baseball stadium—and I could see freedom forever! Yankee Stadium is where I met Abraham Lincoln Manley. That old man loved me so much, he took me—a young light-skinned girl—to Tiffany’s and bought me a five-carat diamond. Then do you know what he bought me? A baseball team!! A baseball team!! Abe made me co-owner of the Newark Eagles! And then he made me manager, 'cause he believed in me even before I did. But I still kept fighting for civil rights. Because prejudice wasn’t going away. Why should I? Some people called me a sore spot. But others called me a game changer. Because I knew when to swing. When to bunt. And when to walk away. Our most important success was the Eagles' victory in the Negro League World series! Some of our top players—Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, Satchel Paige and Don Newcome—went on to the majors. So many others followed them there, that in 1948, Abe and I sold the team. Abe passed a few years later, but I kept working to make sure that the men of the Negro League weren’t forgotten. It was a glorious time both on the field and off. I lived and breathed that dusty game. Oh, I loved baseball.

Effa Manley

  • Writer Jill Garson

    Jill is a screenwriter known for Candy Stripers (2006), She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

  • Producers Laura Archibald

    Laura Archibald is the CEO of Red Jasper Films, a film production company focusing on historic and biographically oriented feature films and documentaries. Their eclectic catalogue includes films that cover the history of music in the 60’s, Negro league baseball in the 40’s and the political and social history of Cuba through the eyes of an outsider.

    Frank Capra III

    Frank Capra III was born on July 16, 1959 in San Diego, California, USA. He is an assistant director and producer, known for Escape from New York (1981), Firestarter(1984) and R.I.P.D (2013).

    Tim Moore

    Tim Moore is a producer and production manager, known for The Land of Blood and Honey  (2011), Millon Dollar Baby (2004) and Roadhouse1989).

    Michael Schroeder

    Award Winning Writer/Director Michael Schroeder, initially hired as a Director who could deliver a film on time and on budget, he soon became known for his ability to work with actors, his style in lighting and intriguing camera work; what the New York Times labeled in one of their reviews as 'snazzy' shooting.

  • Executive Producer Suzanne Lyons Suzanne Lyons is president/producer of Snowfall Films, Inc. and to date has produced or executive produced twelve feature films, ranging from comedy (Undertaking Betty) to drama (The Calling, Jericho Mansions) to cult classics (Candy Stripers).
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    EFFA - Pitch Deck
    31/07/2020
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