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Co Host: Monica Rosales, Executive Director of DOCMIAMI.

Land of the Rising Fastball and intrepid filmmaker Lance Miccio tell the history of baseball in Japan. From the early days of 1872 till today and as seen through the eyes of those who lived it and those who love it .

A documentary team of American and Japanese filmmakers journey across the USA and Japan visting the "Castles of Baseball" such as "Hanshin Koshein Stadium" in Osaka . In Fukuoka the" Yahoo Dome" while also visiting the home of "The Baystars "in Yokohamma, the Tokyo Dome aka The Big Egg and Jingu stadium in Tokyo .

The filmmakers submerge themselves in the Yakyu aka Baseball culture . During their travels, they interview Hall of Fame players Sachio Kinugasa and Sekine Junzo plus former Red Sox outfielder and World Series winner Gabe Kapler and former Baltimore Oriole and Angel slugger Doug DeCinces who hit the first homerun in the Tokyo Dome as a member of the Yakult Swallows .Those also incuded are Yale Anthropology Chair William Kelly , Japan 'Hall of Fame Curator' Miwako Atarashi, Sports writers Deanna Rubin and JapaneseBaseball.com founder Michael Westbay .

The film is richly narrated by Jeffrey Buckner Ford , aka Buck Ford . Miccio's uses a rich tapestry of imagery in this well crafted project that along with a compelling score by Charlie McAlsiter is woven with Buck Ford's narration to give the viewer a new sense of the history of Japan's national pastime" "BASEBALL"