Monday, September 30, 2013

Larry Towell Article on BLOUIN ARTINFO

"Photographer Larry Towell Plays Songs for Humanity"

"Larry Towell is best known as an award-winning Canadian photographer with a portfolio of images captured in conflict zones around the world, yet a September 12 performance of songs from his new album “Blood in the Soil,” also revealed a musician, a storyteller, and a poet..."- Robyn Fadden, BLOUIN ARTINFO

To read full article: http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/958370/photographer-larry-towell-plays-songs-for-humanity

Larry Towell Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=15

Saturday, September 28, 2013

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 28

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER- WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?

Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought after.

3:15 PM 
HIGH NOON

Dir. Fred Zinnemann (USA: 1952), 85 min. 
This Western Classic stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.  On the same day Will Kane married and retired from being the town Marshal, he finds out a criminal he helped convict, Frank Miller, is set to arrive in town on the noon train.  Frank was sentenced to death but after his charges were dropped due to a legal technical error Frank declared he would seek revenge on Will.  Deciding it would be wrong to leave town, Will stays and hopes the town will help him defeat Frank and his gang but has no support from anyone.
The film won 4 Academy Awards - Best Actor in a leading role, Best Film editing, Best Music- scoring of a picture and Best Music –song. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Gallery Artist Dave Heath Exhibition at The Ottawa Art Gallery

Dave Heath: A Heritage of Meaning, An Introspective will be on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery from Sept. 20, 2013 to Jan. 24, 2014

"The exhibition engages a selection of his vintage work with his most recent: the motifs of one period interlaced with those of the other, while Dave Heath remains an exponent of our cultural voice."

For more information: http://ottawaartgallery.ca/content/dave-heath-heritage-meaning-introspective

Dave Heath Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=4

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gallery Artist Sanaz Mazinani article in San Francisco Chronicle



 

"S.F. Bus Stop Art Takes Us Back In History"

"At one end of the bus shelter on Market Street is a Muni map that is impossible to decipher. At the other end of the bus shelter on Market Street is a poster that is more impossible to decipher than the Muni map.

Mesmerizing from afar and dizzying up close, the poster looks like a kaleidoscope or the pattern of a wedding ring quilt. But in the detail is a montage of black and white pictures from the Alcatraz occupation of the 1960s, offset by color pictures of the Occupy San Francisco movement of this decade..." - Sam Whiting

To read full article: www.sfgate.com/art/article/S-F-bus-stop-art-takes-us-back-in-history-4790647.php

Sanaz Mazinani Artist page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=82

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 28

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER- WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?

Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought after.

3:15 PM 
HIGH NOON

Dir. Fred Zinnemann (USA: 1952), 85 min. 
This Western Classic stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.  On the same day Will Kane married and retired from being the town Marshal, he finds out a criminal he helped convict, Frank Miller, is set to arrive in town on the noon train.  Frank was sentenced to death but after his charges were dropped due to a legal technical error Frank declared he would seek revenge on Will.  Deciding it would be wrong to leave town, Will stays and hopes the town will help him defeat Frank and his gang but has no support from anyone.

The film won 4 Academy Awards - Best Actor in a leading role, Best Film editing, Best Music- scoring of a picture and Best Music –song. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Toronto Camera Club Celebrates 125 Years


On September 28th from 1pm to 4pm th Toronto Camera Club will be holding an Open House to mark 125 years of promoting the art of photography in Toronto.

Toronto Camera Club
587 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON

For more information: www.torontocameraclub.com

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 21

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER- WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?

Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought after.

3:15 PM
CINDERELLA 

Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske (USA: 1950), 74 min.
This classic Walt Disney film is based on the fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault.  After Cinderella’s father passes away, her stepmother, Lady Tremaine takes over the estate and Cinderella is forced to be a servant in her own home.  Her stepmother and two stepsisters mistreat her, yet Cinderella stays kind and makes friends with the animals on the property.  Her stepmother prevents her from attending a Royal Ball where Prince Charming is to find a wife– but her luck changes when she gets help from two friendly mice and her Fairy Godmother.
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A PERFORMANCE BY LARRY TOWELL AT THE DRAKE

The gallery is pleased to invite you to a unique two hour performance and CD launch that celebrates photography, music and story telling.

A Performance by
LARRY TOWELL
Accompanied by
DON ROOKE
BLOOD IN THE SOIL

Date: Saturday, October 5th

Time: 7pm; Doors open at 6pm

Location: The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

Tickets: $20 or $35 for a ticket and CD(CD sold separately for $20) Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or in advance at: Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, Toronto; 416.504.0575,  info@bulgergallery.com
Please note seating is limited and ticket availability at the door is not guaranteed

CD Release: Blood in the Soil includes a DVD containing Towell’s images interspersed with footage from a 2010 live performance with The Henrys at the Drake Hotel in Toronto: $20

Larry Towell © Brent Foster

Over the years, Larry Towell has worked as a freelance Magnum photographer in areas of conflict. His work has resulted in thirteen books, hundreds of journal publications and exhibitions around the world. He has documented war and the civilian victims of war in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Palestine, Rwanda and Afghanistan, as well as the anti-globalization movements, Hurricane Katrina and more recently, the Idle No More Movement in Canada. He has also documented the disenfranchisement of rural populations including the Mennonite migrant workers of Mexico and his own family in rural Ontario. His new book Afghanistan will be published by Aperture in 2014.

Towell is also a story teller, poet, and musician. Blood In The Soil is his new music CD packaged with a film shot at the Drake Hotel in Toronto in 2010 with The Henrys. His live performance incorporates visuals and the art of story telling. He will be accompanied by slide guitarist Don Rooke.

Don Rooke

Don is a composer who currently co-leads the Toronto-based modern roots band Three Metre Day (formerly The Henrys). He was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his compositional work on the feature film Still Mine. He also played on the new Iggy and the Stooges CD, Ready to Die. Don will be accompanying Larry and improvising based on his interpretation of what appears on the screen.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FREE SATURDAY SCREENINGS at CAMERA

September 21

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER- WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?

Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought after.

3:15 PM 
CINDERELLA 

Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske (USA: 1950), 74 min.
This classic Walt Disney film is based on the fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault.  After Cinderella’s father passes away, her stepmother, Lady Tremaine takes over the estate and Cinderella is forced to be a servant in her own home.  Her stepmother and two stepsisters mistreat her, yet Cinderella stays kind and makes friends with the animals on the property.  Her stepmother prevents her from attending a Royal Ball where Prince Charming is to find a wife– but her luck changes when she gets help from two friendly mice and her Fairy Godmother.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Vivian Maier

On Saturday the gallery closed its popular exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier.

We will continue to exhibit a portion of her work on our walls for the next few months, and will also continue to screen the famed BBC documentary, Imagine: Vivian Maier – Who Took Nanny’s Pictures? (Dir. Jill Nicholls, UK: 2013, 60 min.), at 2pm every Saturday through October 19th.

As you have likely heard, during TIFF, John Maloof’s long awaited documentary about Maier’s work and his role in her discovery premiered and it is expected to have a wide screen release in the near future.

On a personal note, I give my thanks to Jeffrey Goldstein for his commitment to the Vivian Maier project, and for entrusting my gallery with representing her work in Canada. I was immediately drawn to her story after reading about it in the New York Times a few years ago. Since that time, I have become even more fascinated by her photographs and am delighted to witness so many people making pilgrimages to the gallery (one visitor came all the way from Halifax just to see the show, and left happy that they had made the trek!). I doubt if the gallery has ever attracted so many people to an exhibition.

Much of her discovery has relied on circumstance, coincidence and serendipity. So, it should come as no surprise to me that after using my trusted Leica M-2 to record my installations on tungsten balanced colour slide film since 1995, the last frames of our stock of this film was used to record Vivian’s exhibition and we’ve been told that there is no further manufacturing of this once popular film. I am sorry to see this practice of mine cease, but thought it was interesting to have had it happen during this exhibition, as Maier’s is a photography story really only possible with analogue photographic materials. A similar photographer working today, leaving their digital archive in storage for others to possibly discover, would most likely not be able to enjoy a similar discovery due to the changing technology and the fugitive nature of digital storage.

We look forward to continuing to look into the archive of this photographer and to future exhibition of her work.         

Stephen


Please note: our regular Saturday Screenings will be moved to 3:15pm through October 19th to accommodate the extension of the Maier film at 2pm. For more information on our Free Saturday Screenings at CAMERA please visit http://www.camerabar.ca/schedule.php

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Gallery Artist Vincenzo Pietropaolo in Living Toronto

Living Toronto is an online journal about Toronto and Urban Living.  Pietropaolo will be a regular contributor the the journal so be sure to check back regularly to see his articles.  The first issue is online right now. 

To read Pietropaolo's latest article: http://livingtorontojournal.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/toronto-almost-a-great-city/

To read Living Toronto: http://livingtorontojournal.wordpress.com/

Vincenzo Pietropaolo Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=62

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lutz Dille exhibition at UTAC

 Toronto Orangemen Parade, 1964 © Lutz Dille

The exhibition Lutz Dille’s Toronto: Photographs of our Recent Past at the University of Toronto Art Centre will be on display from September 3rd to November 14th, 2013.

For more information: www.utac.utoronto.ca/current-exhibitions/309-lutz-dilles-toronto-photographs-of-our-recent-past

Lutz Dille Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=23

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 14th

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER: WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?

Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought afte.

3:15 PM
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Dir. Woody Allen (USA: 2011), 94 min.  
Written and directed by Woody Allen, this film puts into question the spectacle and materialistic notions of 20th-century life through vignettes back into time. Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) journeys with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) to Paris and discovers the ability to travel back into time each night at midnight. Meeting with great modern artistic figures, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, Pender confronts the direction of his present life, of which he continues to realize he may not be as satisfied with as originally thought.

Friday, September 13, 2013

REMINDER! TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO SEE VIVIAN MAIER: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Chicago (Woman with Pearls), 1967 © Vivian Maier

Please join us for the last day of Vivian Maier's exhibition "Out of the Shadows."  We are open Saturday from 11am-6pm.

We will also be playing 2 films:

2:00 PM
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER - WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?
Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 60 min.

3:15 PM
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Dir. Woody Allen (USA: 2011), 94 min.

For more information: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_exhibit_invitations.asp?ExhibitID=252

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 14th

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER: WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?

Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought afte.

3:15 PM
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Dir. Woody Allen (USA: 2011), 94 min.  
Written and directed by Woody Allen, this film puts into question the spectacle and materialistic notions of 20th-century life through vignettes back into time. Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) journeys with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) to Paris and discovers the ability to travel back into time each night at midnight. Meeting with great modern artistic figures, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, Pender confronts the direction of his present life, of which he continues to realize he may not be as satisfied with as originally thought.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Vivian Maier Article in Monday's Globe and Mail

 New doc exposes photo-snapping nanny Vivian Maier

"Five years ago, hell, make that two, no one knew Vivian Maier from Vivian Vance. And why should they have? Dead at 83 in 2009, Maier led a decidedly reclusive, secretive life, unmarried, childless, seemingly unencumbered by any living siblings, largely friendless and working mostly as a nanny for a bewildering array of families in Chicago and New York, including that of seventies talk-show superstar Phil Donahue." - James Adams, The Globe and Mail

To read full article: www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/awards-and-festivals/tiff/new-doc-exposes-photo-snapping-nanny-vivian-maier/article14173322/

For more information on the exhibition: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_exhibit_invitations.asp?ExhibitID=252

Next Exhibitions - William Eakin:24Hours and John Lucas:Tram Portraits - Opening September 21

The gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of work by William Eakin, featuring his new series entitled, “24Hours” and our first solo exhibition by John Lucas entitled, “Tram Portraits” in Gallery Two.

WILLIAM EAKIN
24Hours

Exhibition Dates: September 21 – October 19, 2013
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 21, 2-5 pm

When conceptualizing “24hours” Eakin was looking for insight into the idea of solar time through the medium of photography. Traditional photographs depict a moment of time with an implied before and after. His intent was to create an image/illusion in which he would be able to compress all time. The works in this series function as timeless icons; working with subjects stripped to the barest essentials, they present the opposites of circl

e/square, figure/ground, black/white and positive/negative. Watch faces that are photographed without clock hands confound one’s ability to “tell the time” and thereby permit one to contemplate a fuller sense of the idea of time.


24Hours 9257, 2012

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1952, Eakin is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. Eakin’s commitment to a career in photography has been uncompromising. He is regarded in Winnipeg, a city known for producing internationally acclaimed artists, as a mentor and a model of independence, influencing generations of young artists.
   
Eakin studied at the Vancouver School of Art from 1971-74, and then at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1974-1975. Eakin has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 1996 Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography, administered by the Canada Council. In 2009, he won the “Arts Award of Distinction”. This honour is bestowed annually by the Manitoba Arts Council upon the province’s most distinguished artist, and recognizes Eakin’s lengthy and significant contribution to the arts.


24Hours 5451, 2012

There is an extensive body of writing about Eakin’s work and he has exhibited throughout Canada, as well as, the United States, Australia, The Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan. He has had over 50 one-person shows, and throughout the course of his career, has participated in an equivalent number of group exhibitions.

24Hours 6942, 2012

 
JOHN LUCAS
Tram Portraits

Gallery Two
Exhibition Dates: September 21 - October 19
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 21, 2-5 pm

Made during his time in Riga, Latvia and Milan, Italy, “Tram Portraits” is a series of photographs that capture riders on public transit networks. Taken through the windows of streetcars, the images show passengers during their daily commute.


Untitled #5 Riga, 2011

During the 1970s, Lucas withdrew from a serious commitment to photography, finding it incompatible with the demands of a scientific career. In 1981, a journey to Russia inspired him to produce a series based on Polaroid and colour transparency film. However, it took until 2007 to bring this nascent project to life. Lucas’ Russian series was instrumental in shifting his interest towards a more painterly, formal, emotive, and sometimes abstract approach. Most importantly, it reenergized his lifelong interest in photography and became the catalyst for these tram portraits.


Untitled #1 Milan, 2011

In regards to this series, Lucas said:

My tram project began accidentally in 2009, with several cold and damp days in Riga. Faces behind glass, journeying – perhaps between work and home – and drifting in thought, half conscious of surroundings. In Milan, chosen for its extensive tram network, commuters were different, yet behind windows, they carried a similar sense of time suspended. Returning two years later to Riga and my strategic spot, I waited and watched to the echoes of nighttime trams clanking and grinding towards the Central Market.

Born in London, England in 1942, Lucas studied physics at the University of Bristol and the University of Sussex. He subsequently received a doctorate in materials science, and in 1970 left for Canada where he became a scientist and inventor for the telecommunications and resource industries. Lucas’ work has been seen in several solo and group exhibitions. His photography has taken him from factories in his home city of Montreal, to snooker halls in Asia.

Untitled #3 Milan, 2011

Note: The price lists will be made public on Saturday, September 21st, the day the exhibition opens.

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM


September 21

CINDERELLA
Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske (USA: 1950), 74 min.

September 28
HIGH NOON
Dir. Fred Zinnemann (USA: 1952), 85 min.

October 5
PLANET OF THE APES
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner (USA: 1968), 112 min.

October 12
DONNIE DARKO
Dir. Richard Kelly (USA: 2001), 113 min.

October 19

HUGO
Dir. Martin Scorsese (USA: 2011), 126 min.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

REMINDER! FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 7th

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?


Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought after 
 
3:15 PM
THE SANDLOT

Dir. David M. Evans (USA: 1993), 101 min. This coming-of-age sports comedy depicts the boyhood trials incurred by Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) when his family moves to a new neighbourhood. Smalls is determined to acquire some friends before the summer begins, and finds himself in luck when the area’s star baseball player Rodriquez decides to mentor him. He becomes involved in life with the fellow baseball players at The Sandlot and later faces a test of his bravery when he is forced to rescue an autographed baseball from an ominous plot within the town.

Friday, September 6, 2013

VIVIAN MAIER at TIFF

Finding Vivian Maier
Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel


This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

When Vivian Maier died in 2009 at age eighty-three, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives of her street photography — images that she'd scarcely shared with anyone. She had spent most of her adult life as a nanny with no spouse, no children of her own and no close ties. Her photographs and belongings were hidden in storage, until the rent came overdue and the facility auctioned them off. They might have vanished into obscurity were it not for the intervention of John Maloof, a twenty six- year-old amateur historian in Chicago, who purchased a box of her unidentified photographs and became obsessed by what he discovered.

In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof teams with producer Charlie Siskel to uncover this mystery. Following clues, they trace Maier's history through New York City, France, and Chicago. Maier was an inveterate wanderer and self-taught photographer, favouring a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera, with an uncanny ability to get close to people from all walks of life. Her artful and comic eye calls to mind the photography of Berenice Abbott and Weegee. Thanks to Maloof's efforts, critics and galleries have now rallied behind Maier's work, and The New York Times recognized her as "one of America's more insightful street photographers."

But as Maloof meets people who knew Vivian, new questions arise about her life and work. The families who employed her as a nanny have mixed memories, and hint at her dark side. Would she have even wanted this attention? Answering that question depends on how you interpret different bits of evidence. Regardless, it's a wonder to behold the world through Vivan Maier's eyes.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:
http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/festival/2013/findingvivianmaier

Festival Hashtags: #TIFFDocs and #TIFF13

Gallery Artist Benoit Aquin Solo Exhibition

The exhibition The Hunt will open this Saturday, September 7th and be on display until October 12th at the Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal.  The opening reception will be on Saturday, September 7th from 3pm-5pm.  This exhibition looks at Quebec hunters and their environment.

For more information: http://huguescharbonneau.com/en/septembre-2013-benoit-aquin/

Benoit Aquin Artist Page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=128

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vivian Maier Exhibition in NOW Magazine

Hidden talent
Vivian Maier finally gets a show

"An artist doggedly creates a major body of work over a lifetime, never sharing it with anyone: Vivian Maier’s puzzling story makes a great subject for a documentary. Her discoverer, Chicago historian John Maloof, has now co-directed one, Finding Vivian Maier, screening at TIFF..." - Fran Schechter, NOW Magazine

To read full article: www.nowtoronto.com/art/story.cfm?content=194196

For more information on the exhibition: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_exhibit_invitations.asp?ExhibitID=252

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING at CAMERA

September 7th

2:00 PM 
IMAGINE: VIVIAN MAIER - WHO TOOK NANNY’S PICTURES?


Dir. Jill Nicholls (UK: 2013), 70 min.
Presented by Alan Yentob this short documentary shows the story of Maier, a nanny in Chicago for 40 years who had taken thousands of pictures. The images were discovered shortly before her death but it was after her death that she became seen as an amazing photographer whose images are very sought after 
3:15 PM
THE SANDLOT

Dir. David M. Evans (USA: 1993), 101 min. This coming-of-age sports comedy depicts the boyhood trials incurred by Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) when his family moves to a new neighbourhood. Smalls is determined to acquire some friends before the summer begins, and finds himself in luck when the area’s star baseball player Rodriquez decides to mentor him. He becomes involved in life with the fellow baseball players at The Sandlot and later faces a test of his bravery when he is forced to rescue an autographed baseball from an ominous plot within the town.