Film to be made about Charleston's race-splitting 1950s Little League team

Image by Little League BaseballImage by 20080623cannonstreetboys.jpg The Cannon Street YMCA Little League All Stars in 2002 at Charleston Riverdogs game. The youth are local Little Leaguers wearing replica uniforms of those in 1955.

A yet-to-be-made local short film, "The Cannon Street Boys," inspired by the Cannon Street YMCA Little League All Stars won a 2008 Production Fund Grant from the South Carolina Film Commission.

The Cannon Street All Starts were an all-black team of Little Leaguers from Charleston that made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. But once there, they were told they could not complete because of their race. (read more about the issue)

Filmmakers Joe Pinto, Ben Hammock, and Jason Scott will work Trident Technical College to make "The Cannon Street Boys," which should start filming in mid-October.

Kevin Young wrote into The Post and Courier about the casting of Cannon Street Boys on June 19:
As of this moment, Hammock and company are still seeking black males ages 10-14 years of age with baseball and/or acting experience. If you'd like to learn more, e-mail the filmmakers at, or listen to the local 1250 WTMA morning show on Friday morning. Go, Ben, go.

Two other projects received awards: Erik Adolphson's "Civil," a film set at the end of the Civil War, and producer Tim Davis's "Appalachian Dreams," a short feature using live action and computer animation about a pair of shoes that comes to life and begin to dance.

The Film Production Fund aims to promote "collaborative production and educational efforts between institutions of higher learning in South Carolina and motion picture related entities."