This film reveals the myth and mystery behind one of the greatest innovations of baseball – umpire hand signals, and will be followed by a talk back with the film director Don Casper.
Rochester native Bill Klem, the father of modern umpires, is featured in the award-winning documentary “Signs of the Time.” Klem's story and that of the 19th century deaf ballplayer William "Dummy" Hoy are told in this film that reveals the myth and mystery behind one of the greatest innovations of baseball - umpire hand signals. “Signs of the Time” is produced by Rochester-based Crystal Pix. The film screens Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm at the Little Theatre, and tickets are $8. There will be a Q&A directly following the screening with film director Don Casper.
Klem and Hoy are both attributed to devising umpire hand signals, but among baseball historians there is significant controversy over which of these men actually came up with them. "This controversy was the perfect backdrop for a larger story of strength in the face of adversity," said Producer/Director Don Casper. "Overcoming the barriers of communication is an essential part of human condition, and it was our goal to create an inspirational story that transcends the sport and explores the dynamics of human interaction."
Rochester actor Raymond P. Enright, Jr. portrays Klem in the film, and many local residents volunteered as extras in the game re-enactment scenes, wearing period clothing and serving as spectators. Much of the film was shot in the greater Rochester area - including modern day baseball scenes with the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field and a re-enactment of an 1887-era game that was shot at Genesee Country Village in Mumford, New York. The film also features interviews with Rochester deaf experts, including Robert Panara, Ted Supalla and Matthew S. Moore, which provides a compelling look into the silent and often misunderstood world of the deaf community. Produced in high-definition, “Signs of the Time” has enjoyed critical acclaim at film festivals across North America and has received "Best Documentary" awards five times. For more information about the film, go to www.signsofthetimemovie.com.