Michael Doneger makes his feature writing and directing debut with Brampton’s Own, an indie film centering on Dustin (Alex Russell), a tunnel vision minor league baseball player who moves back to his hometown after striking out on his dreams to make the big leagues. Shot in just 15 days, the feature is an ambitious undertaking that, along with Russell, features a first rate ensemble cast (iZombie’s Rose McIver is Dustin’s ex-girlfriend, and Jean Smart, recently seen in Life Itself, plays his mother).
First impressions will lead moviegoers to believe that Brampton’s Own is a straight up baseball movie about reconnecting with one’s past, but the narrative takes a refreshingly different approach.
“From the get go, the goal was just to tell an honest story of what happens to someone when he sets out and chases a dream and that dream doesn’t come to fruition,” said Doneger. “I just wanted to unravel the aftermath of that and how does one move on? How does one return to this hometown that he was once a celebrated athlete in and everyone else seems to have passed him by – yet he is still stuck in the same mind and body.”
Click on the media bar to hear Michael Doneger discuss why baseball served as the perfect backdrop for Brampton’s Own and how this tale came from a personal place.
Brampton’s Own, co-starring Spencer Grammer (Greek) and John Getz (Blood Simple), opens in theaters and various digital platforms on October 19.