Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Yankles - Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You

What happens when a group of yeshiva students form a baseball team and the only coach they can find is a paroled drunk driver?

A funny film called The Yankles. 

The Yankles, a new independent film, is about Charlie Jones, a professional baseball player who was released from the Los Angeles Spirits because of a drinking problem. Upon being paroled from prison after serving time for his third drunk driving conviction, Charlie endeavors to serve 192 hours mandatory community service by coaching baseball. To Charlie's dismay, however, he is shunned by mainstream society because of the controversy surrounding his early parole and prior convictions. 

Charlie soon discovers that the only people willing to give him a second chance are a group of Jewish, orthodox, yeshiva students who formed an upstart baseball team called The Yankles. Fortunately for Charlie, The Yankles are as desperate for a coach as he is for community service. After a rough start, Charlie finds a home with The Yankles. With Charlie's help, The Yankles strive for success on the field, while Charlie works to rebuild his reputation in society and his relationship with those whom he wronged in the past. 

If you plan to be in Omaha between August 24 and September 2, you'll be among the lucky few who will be able to attend a screening of The Yankles at the Ninth Annual Jewish Omaha Film Festival.  Otherwise, you'll just have to join us in waiting until the DVD is released or shown at a film festival in your area.  In the meantime, take a look at the trailer.  Enjoy!

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