If you thought winning a State Championship was hard, try getting a feature film made. The biggest challenge for any movie is to raise the necessary production funds.
That’s exactly the challenge facing a group of Louisiana filmmakers. Their dream is to make the film STATE, a story inspired by the lives of two very dynamic and successful fast-pitch softball coaches.
Residents of Ascension parish in Louisiana were devastated to hear the news that arch rival coaches, Jimmy Iturralde and Ed Aycock, both had terminal cancer and only months to live. The lives of these two men is the inspiration behind STATE and serve as a tribute to their passion for life and the athletes they coached.
The production team says: “It has become our passion to tell the inspiring story of STATE. We look forward to seeing this movie become a reality. Along with Tom McCarthy and the PFX Tour athletes, we believe this movie can impact the sport of girl’s fast pitch softball and provide a positive role model for young female athletes. We’ve discovered a glaring gap of positive sports movies for the young female athlete and the international demand for inspirational sports movies that feature female athlete as the primary actors.
Our goals for this movie are very simple. We desire to honor this sport and provide positive role models for young female athletes.”
Hollywood may seem like the obvious first stop to get a film financed but studios aren’t too keen on trying something new. And a girls softball film has never been made before.
In an effort to get Hollywood to believe that girls fastpitch has a big enough fan base to support a movie, the production team has created an innovative way for you to help. They’ve set up an online destination statethemovie.net