Updated 06/25/2012 08:40 AM
Lone Star Scene: Local filmmakers document man behind LSD no-hitter
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Forty-two years ago, Pittsburgh Pirates' Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter like no other, in which he later admitted to using LSD during the game. That's the starting point for Austin-based director Jeffrey Radice's debut feature film No No: A Dockumentary
Over the past year, Radice’s crew has collected over 50 hours of interviews for the film from baseball insiders, members of Ellis’s family and those who witnessed Ellis’s struggle with addiction.
"As I peeled back the layers of the onion, what I found was, with a guy like Dock Ellis, that the truth is stranger than fiction, and the deeper that you dig the more fascinating the stories become," Radice said.
Radice notes while Ellis is known for his LSD no-hitter, the baseball star spent the second-half of his life recovering from drug addiction and helping other addicts, often visiting prisons and counseled youth. Some also credit Ellis as a part of a second wave of civil rights in sports. He was an outspoken advocate until his death from liver disease in 2008.
"It is a story of redemption,” Radice said. “It's a hero's journey, and you've got a flawed hero who kind of overcame his flaws."
The film’s producer, Mike Blizzard said, "Many of these people credit him with being alive today and turning their lives around. He definitely had a positive impact on many people's lives and that's his lasting legacy."
No No: A Dockumentary is scheduled to be completed and submitted to film festivals in 2013. The filmmakers currently have a crowd-funding campaign to pay for post-production.
Visit their Kickstarter page to see more preview footage from the film.