Capri First Thursday Films: The League


Capri Theater Thu, Feb 1 7:00 PM
Film Info
Program:First Thursday Films @ the Capri
Release Year:2023
Runtime:103 min
Print Source:Magnolia Pictures
Director:Sam Pollard
Executive Producer:Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Tariq Trotter
Producer:Robin Espinola
Dave Sirulnick
Jen Isaacson
Byron Motley
Cinematographer:Henry Adebonojo
Angel Barroeta
Screenwriter:Based on the book 'The Negro Baseball Leagues' By Bob Motley and Byron Motley
Editor:Dave Marcus
Composer:Kathryn Bostic


Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 PM | Capri Theater

Capri Theater Address: 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Tickets to First Thursday Films are free for Northside residents (zip codes 55411, 55412, 55430). Northsiders will be asked to submit their zip code information at the door or enter it as a promo code during checkout.

Post-screening community conversation with actor and filmmaker Kevin D. West and MSP Film Programmer, Craig Laurence Rice.

About the Film

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI), executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Oscar-winning Summer of Soul), Tariq Trotter (Descendant), and produced by RadicalMedia, The League celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball's triumphs and challenges through the first half of the twentieth century.

The story is told through previously unearthed archival footage and never-before-seen interviews with legendary players like Satchel Paige and Buck O’Neil – whose early careers paved the way for the Jackie Robinson era – as well as celebrated Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron who started out in the Negro Leagues. From entrepreneurial titans Cumberland Posey and Gus Greenlee, whose intense rivalry fueled the rise of two of the best baseball teams ever to play the game, to Effa Manley, the activist owner of the Newark Eagles and the only woman ever admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The League explores Black baseball as an economic and social pillar of Black communities and a stage for some of the greatest athletes to ever play the game, while also examining the unintended consequences of integration.


Be @ the movies! Noteworthy films with good conversation that follows each screening on the first Thursday of every month. The series is presented by MSP Film Society, the Capri Theater, and the Minnesota Historical Society.