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Dave Carter’s film to be shown at baseball HOF

     Mark Maynard

     The Independent Sep 4, 2010

A little piece of Ashland is going to be in Cooperstown the first weekend in October.

A portion of Dave Carter’s documentary on Ashland’s Central Park has been selected to be shown at the Fifth Annual Baseball Film Festival Oct. 1 through 3 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Carter submitted the full version of the “Ashland’s Field of Dreams” documentary last summer and was rejected. However, this year he submitted a shorter 11-minute version of the documentary and it was selected.

Carter, who grew up in Flatwoods and now lives in Florida, was ecstatic with the news.

“I’m going to Cooperstown for the first time and to have them applauding my work is pretty neat,” he said. “It’s a big thrill.”

Carter said the 11-minute documentary keeps the opening with Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman narrating about the 1950s in Ashland. Carter uses the five recreated scenes from Central Park that he narrated as the short film’s core. It closes with one of local songwriter Ryan Parker’s songs. Carter named the short film “Baseball, I Love You.”

He received the news on Thursday and has since told his wife, good friend Gary Wright and the Ashland newspaper about the honor.

“I was kind of like (Bert) Blyleven waiting for his chance,” Carter said of receiving the selection from the film committee.

The film will be one of several baseball-dedicated works shown during the weekend. It starts with a reception and interview program honoring the film “61*” and featuring Bob Costas and Billy Crystal. Carter will receive two credentialed passes to the museum for the entire weekend and passes to the Friday evening reception.

“The little boy in Flatwoods thought he might be there as a New York Yankee but since the Yankees had other plans for me, this is pretty special to be there as a filmmaker,” he said. “I’m so humbled.”

Carter’s full-length hour-long documentary, “Ashland’s Field of Dreams,” premiered at the Paramount Arts Center last August and played to rave reviews from an approving Ashland-based audience. The documentary was shown numerous times on KET in the past year. 

The baseball film was a labor of love. Being selected with a work so dear to his heart humbled Carter, who has won several filmmaking awards in his career.

“I put a year of my life into this and it was worth every second of it,” he said.