The new documentary “Burn the Ships” follows a year in the life of the Akron Racers and tells the story of women’s professional softball and its struggle to find security on behalf of those who have sacrificed for its future.
The Akron Racers Charities will present the award-winning feature-length documentary June 20 at the Akron Summit Public Library. The movie, directed and produced by Think Media Studios’ Julia Thorndike and Danielle Miller, will be shown twice: at 6 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. and will kick off the Racers’ 2017 National Pro Fastpitch season and the team’s 16th season overall. A “Racers Meet & Greet” will be conducted at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Led by Co-Owner and General Manager Joey Arrietta, the Akron Racers are the oldest team in the National Pro Fastpitch league. Think Media Studios was inspired to tell the story of the Racers because of the passion and relentless dedication of Arrietta and the players who fight for the sport they love.
“When Joey first shared her story with us, it was apparent that this league hasn’t struggled because people don’t care, but because people don’t know that it exists. We wanted to do something to help make change in hopes that someday, these women will earn the salaries, attention and respect they deserve as the best softball players in the world,” said Miller.
Think Media Studios is a Cleveland-based video production company, specializing in video production, virtual reality, motion graphics, sports videos, corporate videos, short form documentaries, 3D animation, healthcare videos, content marketing, brand stories and story-telling. For info visit www.thinkmediastudios.com. For info about the Racers and the team’s upcoming season, visit akronracers.org.