Who’s on First?

Endearing but flatly assembled docu "Who's on First?," helmed by Valerie Kontakos, takes a mostly lighthearted look at recent efforts to assemble a national Greek baseball team to compete in the 2004 Olympics, despite the fact most Greeks barely know the game from baklava.

With:
With: Peter Angelos, Rob Derksen, Stefan Fatsis, Dimitris Gousios, Chris Robinson, Chuck Samiotes, Bill Galatis.

Endearing but flatly assembled docu “Who’s on First?,” helmed by Valerie Kontakos, takes a mostly lighthearted look at recent efforts to assemble a national Greek baseball team to compete in the 2004 Olympics, despite the fact most Greeks barely know the game from baklava. Pic could hit with channels looking for quirky, sports-themed fare.

Pic begins as farce and evolves tragic dimension two-thirds of the way in when Orioles’ scout Rob Derksen, the Greek Olympic team’s coach, dies suddenly in 2004, weeks before the tournament. Helmer Kontakos traces how, before Derksen and other U.S. interests came aboard, assorted parties attempt to get the team rolling with a roster made up mostly of locals, nearly all of whom get sent to the bench once priorities shift toward creating a potentially winning side made up mostly of U.S.-born players. Comic relief is provided by cutaways to likable middle-aged Greek-Americans Chuck Samiotes and Bill Galatis, passionate Red Sox fans, who never give up their dream of playing for the Greeks despite the fact both are over 45 years old, overweight and have barely played since their Little League days. Tech pack is poor.

Who's on First?

Greece-U.S.

Production: A One Art Prods. production, (International sales: One Art, New York.) Produced by Valerie Kontakos, Nancy Kennedy. Directed by Valerie Kontakos.

Crew: Camera (color, DigiBeta), Dimitris Vernikios; editors, Nancy Kennedy, Donna Marino; music, David Lynch. Reviewed at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Stories to Tell), March 17, 2006. Greek, English dialogue. Running time: 62 MIN.

With: With: Peter Angelos, Rob Derksen, Stefan Fatsis, Dimitris Gousios, Chris Robinson, Chuck Samiotes, Bill Galatis.

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