10 results for year: 2019

Three of Jon’s Films Selected for the 2019 Baseball Film Festival!

Three films from Jon’s streaming series, “The Sweet Spot,” will be screened at the 14th annual Baseball Film festival at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Saturday, September 21: “Remembering Ernie Banks,” “The Lady is an Ump,” and “Bat Boy: My First Day as a Yankee.” More

Jon’s Baseball Reminiscence Therapy Program Featured in the Los Angeles Times!

LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke penned a wonderful article about the "BasebALZ" program Jon helps lead for the Los Angeles Chapter of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). BasebALZ helps patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia, as well as their caregivers. Check it out here. More


  "Shutout! The Battle America Women Wage to Play Baseball" has been selected for screening at the 5th annual Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA, and the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film screened at the WFF on March 16 and will play in Santa Monica at the AFF on Sunday, April 28, ... More


  Jon traveled his "Diamond Dames" experience to southern California for a packed house at the Whittwood library in Whittier, CA, on March 21, 2019. Pioneering umpire Perry Barber reprised her role as special guest, and was joined by another, Dodgers superfan Emma Amaya. Perry and Jon performed "Take Me Out to the ... More


  Jon and special guest Perry Barber celebrated women in the national pastime in style on March 10, 2019, at the San Francisco Public Library. Perry Barber has been umpiring for nearly 40 years and is a true baseball pioneer. She's umpired around the world and is a tireless advocate for women to participate in our ... More

Provocative “Raceball: Race & the National Pastime” Bows in San Francisco

  Jon presented a trio of films from “The Sweet Spot” catalog to honor Black History Month on February 10, 2019. The local audience was treated to a PowerPoint presentation prior to the screening, which provided historical context for the event. It also honored the recent passing of former Bay Area resident Frank ... More


Walt Disney. Ray Bradbury. Pixar. Virtual reality. “Backdraft.” Babe Ruth. “Mudcat” Grant. Racing cars. George Lucas. The world’s most recorded guitarist, Tommy Tedesco. Somehow, I experienced all of that (and more) in my long career as a producer in the entertainment industry. You can watch some of those highlig... More

“Diamond Dames” event at the San Francisco Public Library

Diamond Dames is a celebration of women in the national pastime featuring a trio of original documentaries presented by award-winning filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis. Women have always played a role in baseball, as far back as 1866, when Vassar College women formed teams, to the 1940s with the All-American Girls Professional Bas... More

“Raceball” Film Event Comes to San Francisco Library for Black History Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 4, 2019 “RACEBALL” FILM EVENT COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO LIBRARY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH A white catcher sabotaging a black pitcher, telling the opposing hitter what pitch to expect. Ted Williams standing up to racism in Louisiana. Almost 60 years before Colin Kaepernick, a black baseball ... More

Jon’s 2019 Screenings in San Francisco and L.A.

Jon will be presenting screenings of his films for Black History Month (“Raceball”) and Women’s History Month (“Diamond Dames”) in February and March, and another in October for the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The “Raceball” program features Jon’s films about Jackie Robinson and Jim ... More