Heading Home - The Tale Of Team Israel

HEADING HOME - The Tale of Team Israel

In spite of the stereotype that Jews are more cerebral than athletic, the list of Jewish baseball players increases every year. HEADING HOME follows a team of current and former Jewish Major League Baseball players on their first trip to Israel and their journey to capture Israel’s first baseball championship.

Thanks to legends like Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg and modern players like Shawn Green and Alex Bregman, Jews have always had a deep connection to baseball – watching it, arguing about it, playing it and even excelling in it on the highest professional level. Many of those pro players have not had much exposure to Judaism, much less visited Israel. Several Jewish baseball players agree to play for Team Israel at the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn in the fall of 2016, winning and making it for the first time in the country’s history to the World Baseball Classic in South Korea in March 2017. Prior to that, the delegation of American-based baseball players make a historic visit to the Promised Land, a “birthright” trip of sorts for the majority of them. While visiting Israel on a 10-day whirlwind trip, the group experienced huge laughs, unexpected tears, and a ton of soul-searching.

While throwing curve balls, turning double plays, and stealing home are everyday occurences for these Jewish baseball players, HEADING HOME steals the game and hearts of everyone who loves the game.

USA * 2017 * 92 minutes * English * Documentary

Starring:  Ike Davis, Sam Fuld, Ryan Lavarnway, Cody Decker, Josh Zeid, Joc Pederson, Gabe Kapler, Brad Ausmus, Kevin Youkilis, Ian Kinsler, Nate Freiman

Director: Daniel A. Miller



SPEAKER at Harkins Shea 14:

Seth Kramer, Co-Director of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Seth Kramer is a three-time Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and cofounder of Ironbound Films. His most recent film HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL takes a front-row, pumpkin-carriage seat for Team Israel’s Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic. Seth studied filmmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Red Hook, New York, with his wife Kristen and their daughter Lillian.