Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A new documentary is in the works to trace the journey of Roberto Clemente's canonization to sainthood for his humanitarian efforts, dying in a mission of mercy to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. The cinema verite film starts from the catalyst of Richard Rossi's indie dramatic movie "Baseball's Last Hero" which introduced the idea and received a blessing from Pope Francis to start the process, all the way to the hoped-for final resolution of "Saint Roberto" and a ceremony in Rome.
Mr. Rossi met today with the director to be interviewed by the award-winning filmmaker behind the project, but would not give the director's name.
"When he formally announces the film, I can share details, but I don't want to give publicity about the specifics until he is ready. I was approached to be interviewed for the film, it's not my project, I'm not producing or directing it. I'm impressed that he is doing a thorough and methodical job, and his subjects in addition to myself include notable baseball writers, theologians, and those both for and against Clemente's canonization. His prior work was well-done and garnered well-deserved festival awards and critical acclaim."
Rossi's interviews for the feature documentary are expected to be finished filming in September.