Effa

  • Format Feature Film
  • Status In Development
  • Genre Historical
  • Audience Young Adults | Adults
  • Rating PG-13
  • Synopsis

    I didn’t look like my Negro sisters. So when I went to places for Negroes only, people said I was in the wrong place. They were right. I never belonged in places that separated Negroes and whites. But take me to a baseball stadium—and I could see freedom forever! Yankee Stadium is where I met Abraham Lincoln Manley. That old man loved me so much, he took me—a young light-skinned girl—to Tiffany’s and bought me a five-carat diamond. Then do you know what he bought me? A baseball team!! A baseball team!! Abe made me co-owner of the Newark Eagles! And then he made me manager, 'cause he believed in me even before I did. But I still kept fighting for civil rights. Because prejudice wasn’t going away. Why should I? Some people called me a sore spot. But others called me a game changer. Because I knew when to swing. When to bunt. And when to walk away. Our most important success was the Eagles' victory in the Negro League World series! Some of our top players—Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and Don Newcome—went on to the majors. So many others followed them there, that in 1948, Abe and I sold the team. Abe passed a few years later, but I kept working to make sure that the men of the Negro League weren’t forgotten. It was a glorious time both on the field and off. I lived and breathed that dusty game. Oh, I loved baseball.

    Effa Manley

Synopsis

I didn’t look like my Negro sisters. So when I went to places for Negroes only, people said I was in the wrong place. They were right. I never belonged in places that separated Negroes and whites. But take me to a baseball stadium—and I could see freedom forever! Yankee Stadium is where I met Abraham Lincoln Manley. That old man loved me so much, he took me—a young light-skinned girl—to Tiffany’s and bought me a five-carat diamond. Then do you know what he bought me? A baseball team!! A baseball team!! Abe made me co-owner of the Newark Eagles! And then he made me manager, 'cause he believed in me even before I did. But I still kept fighting for civil rights. Because prejudice wasn’t going away. Why should I? Some people called me a sore spot. But others called me a game changer. Because I knew when to swing. When to bunt. And when to walk away. Our most important success was the Eagles' victory in the Negro League World series! Some of our top players—Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and Don Newcome—went on to the majors. So many others followed them there, that in 1948, Abe and I sold the team. Abe passed a few years later, but I kept working to make sure that the men of the Negro League weren’t forgotten. It was a glorious time both on the field and off. I lived and breathed that dusty game. Oh, I loved baseball.

Effa Manley

  • Producers Laura Archibald

    Laura Archibald is the CEO of Red Jasper Films, a film production company focusing on historic and biographically oriented feature films and documentaries. Their eclectic catalogue includes films that cover the history of music in the 60’s, Negro league baseball in the 40’s and the political and social history of Cuba through the eyes of an outsider.

    Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

  • Co-Producer Sacha Rodríguez

    A Producer for over 20 years, In the 90's Sacha established Sydney production house Ha! Ha! GAS and went on to manage large-scale television productions, live concerts and events for MTV networks in America, before completing a Post Graduate at the VCA School of Film and Television to develop and produce documentaries feature films, documentaries and television series.

  • Executive Producers Susan Lyons

    Suzanne Lyons is president/producer of Snowfall Films, Inc. and to date has produced or executive produced twelve feature films, ranging from comedy (Undertaking Betty) to drama (The Calling, Jericho Mansions) to cult classics (Candy Stripers).

    Kreesha Turner

    Six time Canadian Grammy nominated artist, Kreesha Turner is known for her work on the screen and in the booth. She will be seen as the lead in “The Appeal” airing in 2020. Kreesha is expanding her talents off screen, as Executive Producer of the documentary “Fidel Up Close” about the life of Fidel Castro and for television with “The Line Up” currently shooting the pilot episode.