“The Parallel Game,” an award-winning short film based on African American baseball and history, created and produced by Eric Newland and George Dalton, will kick off the seventh annual Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. “The Parallel Game” takes its roots in Pittsburgh’s Hill District arching from The Great Migration through the Double V campaign orchestrated by The Pittsburgh Courier.

The premise of “The Parallel Game” is that Negro League Baseball set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement and opened the doors for Jackie Robinson and those who came after him. “The Parallel Game” relied on the generosity of the Carnegie Museum of Art and Curator of Fine Arts, Louise Lippincott, making available the photo archives of Charles “Teenie” Harris, interviews with University of Pittsburgh history professors Laurence Glasco and Rob Ruck along with former Courier managing editor Ulish Carter and Pittsburgh’s own Robert Goode.

“The Parallel Game” concludes with compelling outtakes with former Negro League players Buck O’Neil, Double Duty Radcliffe and Gene Benson. These men were “hidden figures” before such a phrase was coined. The Parallel Game brings to life this important slice of American History, June 24 at 10 a.m.


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