“Havana Curveball” is a funny and personal documentary film by Ken Schneider & Marcia Jarmel about their son Mica’s efforts to send baseball gear to kids in Cuba—a project
that started with his Bar Mitzvah and his love of baseball, and his wish to give thanks for his Grandpa’s refuge during the Holocaust.
The film explores the rewards and challenges of doing good in the world and educators are confirming that the film will be a valuable tool for inspiring
kids to get involved in the issues they care most deeply about. They raised more than their $40K goal to help finish the film on Kickstarter.
And now Ken has been in Cuba following POTUS and the Stones as he and Marcia are off on a new Cuban adventure, “Cuban (R)evolution” where “Art for the
people” collides with market forces in six short portraits of Cuban artists at the vanguard of an evolving nation. You can see the promotion on Kickstarter where they have
succeeded in raising $30,000+ in 30 days.
Ken Schneider (director/producer/editor) is a Peabody-winning producer who believes in the power of documentaries to move people. His passions are stories
of war and peace, human rights, artists’ lives, and Cuba. In addition to his feature and short work for PatchWorks, Ken has edited over 35 feature length
documentaries for PBS, HBO, Al-Jazeera, and others. Films he edited have been nominated for an Oscar and multiple Emmys, and won prime-time and documentary
Emmys, a Columbia-Dupont, two Peabodys, an Indie Spirit award and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. (See www.kenschneidereditor.net for details.)
In addition to her PatchWorks work, Marcia Jarmel (co-director/producer/writer) worked as consulting producer on HBO’s Emmy-nominated “50 Children,”
consultant to Academy Award nominee “Last Day of Freedom,” and IFP Mentor to “The Last Season.” Other credits include co-editing the Academy-award
nominee,”For Better or For Worse,” and assistant producing the Academy Award nominees, “Berkeley in the Sixties” and “Freedom on My Mind.” She is also an
impact consultant for documentary filmmakers.
“We are PatchWorks Films (www.patchworksfilms.net). For more than 20 years we have created award-winning documentaries exploring contemporary social issues
through intimate character stories that build innovative partnerships for strategic use with organizations and educators. Our films have broadcast
worldwide and shown at museums, libraries, schools, universities, community centers, conferences, and film festivals. Our previous documentary features
include: “The Return Of Sarah’s Daughters”, “Born In The Usa”, “Speaking In Tongues”, And “Havana Curveball”. “(R)Evolution Cuba” is
PatchWorks’ 8th collaboration.
In Cuba we work with a fabulous experienced crew that includes Cuba’s pre-eminent documentary cinematographer, Roberto Chile, veteran
sound man, Javier Figueroa, and one of Cuba’s hottest jazz pianists, Harold López-Nussa, who is composing music for the