Below is the press release for THE LOST SON OF HAVANA, making its Boston premiere this weekend at the IFFB.
BP is doing our best to give coverage of films appearing at the IFFB this week despite having been denied press credentials – stay tuned for more updates…
Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
Present the New England Premiere of
“THE LOST SON OF HAVANA”
Documentary on Red Sox Legend Luis Tiant
At The Independent Film Festival Boston
Saturday, April 25th at 8:00pm
At the Somerville Theater Davis Square
Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Chris Cooper
Directed by Jonathan Hock
Luis Tiant will attend the premiere screening along with Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Chris Cooper, Director Jonathan Hock and many other actors and former and current Red Sox players.
Hollywood heavyweights Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly continue to celebrate their love of baseball, and the Boston Red Sox in particular, with THE LOST SON OF HAVANA, their first time producing a documentary. A deeply personal film about future Hall of Fame pitcher Luis Tiant’s journey back to his native homeland of Cuba for the first time in 46 years, THE LOST SON OF HAVANA was written and directed by Jonathan Hock, whose previous documentaries include “The Streak,” “Michael Jordan To The Max,” and the award-winning “Through the Fire.”
Though Luis Tiant gained his fame as a Major League Baseball player pitching for six teams throughout the 1960s-1980s, his longest and most storied years with the Red Sox, his story is not only about sports. Always a larger-than-life, charismatic personality on the field and off, “El Tiant” is not, by nature, a political man and yet his whole existence straddles the greatest political gulf of the last century and places him squarely on the last battlefield of the Cold War.
The documentary follows Tiant, now aged 67, as he confronts his guilt for leaving his impoverished homeland to pursue his dreams of baseball, juxtaposed with old friends and teammates’ reminiscences about his incredible career. Face to face with his own mortality, Tiant comes to terms with how the Cuban-American conflict has shaped his identity and his career.