|Cast: ||Lori Martini, Daniel Braver, Anne Koloski, Alex Kraft, Alexis Suarez, Amy Metroka, Bobby Guarino, Bruce Kronenburg, Cameron Ocasio, Carson Grant, Catherine Curtin, Catherine Sperduto, Dora Peralta, Geisha Otero, Gerri Blanco, Jason Keith Davis, Jay Ferraro, Jeff Campanella, Kobe Lee, Mario Peralta, Megan Connors, Mel Orpen, Michael Spizzeri, Michael DeAngelo, Mike Chraniuk, Nicole Balsam, Russell Jordan, Nicole Blanco, Sheila Judge Connors, Victoria Torricelli, Yacenia 'Jessie' Young, Sean Dorrity, William Clemente, Rachel Lu, Robert Liander, Bridget Dorrity|
|Crew: ||Producers: Lori Martini, Elizabeth Page, Maria Rusolo - Screenwriters: Lori Martini - Cinematographer: Eun-ah Lee - Editor: Elizabeth Page|
Hannah has spent her life trying to do the right thing, but despite her efforts she can not catch a break or win the sought after affection of her mother, nor the respect of her brother. Hannah finds solace in baseball from the time she is young. This family strife culminates on the ball-field when Hannah's co-ed team is up against Robbies in the playoffs.
Filmmaker Elizabeth Page has been a writer and director for many years. Her plays include “Spare Parts” (produced by Olympia Dukakis at Whole Theatre, and Off Broadway at Circle in the Square Downtown where it was nominated for a John Grassner Award), “The Nazi Plays” (Denver Theatre Center’s US West Theatre Fest) and “Aryan Birth” (“Best Short American Plays of 1992-93”). Ms Page has won six Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild Awards while writing for Daytime Television. She directed her play “Ladies!” for a tour of women’s prison’s and mental health facilities; and an environmental production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” for various sites in Riverside Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. She wrote, directed, and edited two short films while completing the Film Production Certificate Program at The New School - “Red White and Blue” (Award for Excellence in Narrative Filmmaking) and “The Pilgrim” (Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, and has screened at both the Connecticut Film Festival and Reel13.com on WNET). She wrote, directed and edited two commercials for the touring production of the broadway musical “BKLYN” with Melba Moore and Diana Degarmo, and a commercial for Melba Moore’s one woman show “Sweet Songs of the Soul.”
There were a couple of things that drew me to this project – the work ethic of the women involved (because making a good independent film is very hard work), the sibling rivalry at the core of the story, and the visual and dramatic opportunities of the story’s setting – a softball game in Prospect Park.
Add to it that it’s a “sports movie.” Sports movies are among my favorites – the conflicts are clear, the emotions heightened. They’re doubly rewarding – they provide all the pleasures of a personal story and the pleasures of a game. They’re time-tested - the audience understands the structure of a sports movie. They know that the hero or heroine will have aspirations, will be tested, will learn and eventually will triumph. The game is a metaphor - a platform for growth. It’s the ideal arena for telling stories of personal growth because what’s usually an “inside job” is naturally externalized in competition.
“Caught” is unusual in that it focuses on a female athlete. She’s “caught” in an old family pattern that comes to a head during a softball game. I’m very excited about showcasing a terrific female athlete – a powerful character – who’s strong enough to free herself from her past. My daughter is an athlete and watching her grow and develop in her sport has inspired me. I hope this film will encourage more women to test themselves – to break free.