ABOUT THE FILM

Grounders is a heartfelt personal documentary about a women’s softball league in Brooklyn, New York: the games, the teams, and the players that take the field.

Exploring the dynamic personalities and compelling life stories of a diverse group of women, Grounders captures an inside view of a unique sub-culture, and a thoughtful and uplifting revelation of their community emerges.

With Brooklyn as the backdrop, and connections that blur the boundaries of race, class, age, religion, and sexual orientation, these women have many stories to tell about why they are there.

The Grounders documentary is for anyone who has ever thrown a ball, high-fived a teammate, or cheered from the bleachers.

ABOUT THE FILM

Grounders is a heartfelt personal documentary about a women’s softball league in Brooklyn, New York: the games, the teams, and the players that take the field.

Exploring the dynamic personalities and compelling life stories of a diverse group of women, Grounders captures an inside view of a unique sub-culture, and a thoughtful and uplifting revelation of their community emerges.

With Brooklyn as the backdrop, and connections that blur the boundaries of race, class, age, religion, and sexual orientation, these women have many stories to tell about why they are there.

The Grounders documentary is for anyone who has ever thrown a ball, high-fived a teammate, or cheered from the bleachers.

NEWS & MEDIA

Grounders in GO! Magazine

See Grounders Director Melanie Hope in GO! Magazine Summer 2016 Issue's "Special Feature: 100 Women We Love." You can also read online, here.  

THE GROUNDERS CREW

MELANIE HOPE
Director/Producer

Melanie Hope is a filmmaker, poet and playwright based in Brooklyn, USA. Her work has appeared in the Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival, Inside Out Collective (Toronto, Canada), Frameline, and Women in the Director’s Chair (Chicago).

After years of developing the ideas that inspired Grounders she is thrilled to see it take form.

TERESA TORCHIANO
Cinematographer

Teresa Torchiano is a Brooklyn based filmmaker with a background in fine art, documentary film, education and nonprofit social justice work. She began her career in documentary film as First Assistant Editor on the film Trouble the Water (2008) which was nominated for an Academy Award and winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. From there, she worked with Spitfire Pictures on various music documentaries before pursuing her own independent work. She currently runs her own production company in Brooklyn, NY specializing in short films and videos for nonprofit organizations, musicians, families and individuals.

LEIGH KLONSKY
Photographer

Leigh Klonsky is a photographer and educator based in Brooklyn. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BFA and from Brooklyn College with an MA in Education. She also studied photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Maine Media Workshops. Leigh combines her background in fine art with her decade long career in education to create visually compelling, compositionally dynamic photographs that tell stories about people and their communities. Her photographic work can be seen in variety of personal, collaborative and commercial projects.

ELIZA MITNICK
Editor

Eliza Mitnick is documentary film editor born and raised in NYC. With a BA from University of Chicago in Comparative Race and Ethnic studies, Eliza has a keen eye and passion for examining stories about social issues, movements, and the triumph of every day people against all odds. After receiving a certification in Avid Media Composer from The Edit Center, Eliza has gone on to work as assistant editor on many exciting projects. Eliza has always believed in the power of storytelling and is thrilled to have the chance to help tell the story of a such a special community as the Prospect Park Women’s Softball League.

CONTRIBUTE

Thank you for wanting to help fund Grounders. Three contribution options are available.

Option 1: Through PayPal (credit cards accepted; no account required).

Option 2: Donate through our fiscal sponsor: Women Make Movies (WMM)

Option 3: Donations by post. Send check or money order payable to “Women Make Movies” (spelled out, not abbreviated) and write the name of the project, “Grounders,” in the memo line. Send to

Women Make Movies
115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10001

CONTRIBUTE

Thank you for wanting to help fund Grounders. Three contribution options are available.

Option 1: Through PayPal (credit cards accepted; no account required).

Option 2: Donate through our fiscal sponsor: Women Make Movies (WMM)

Option 3: Donations by post. Send check or money order payable to “Women Make Movies” (spelled out, not abbreviated) and write the name of the project, “Grounders,” in the memo line. Send to

Women Make Movies
115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10001

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