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Learn about the sport's origins in Maplewood, NJ. See who the sports key founders are and how the game's beginning evolution came to pass.
Meet the founders. Learn what Ultimate Frisbee was years ago and how this select group started a land slide....
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Galileo Productions, LLC proudly presents an indepth look at the game of "ULTIMATE". ...You all know it as Frisbee but the true hardliners know it as "Ultimate"...Frisbee Football to newcomers.
How did this underground game come out in the open with so many diverse people playing it world wide today? What makes up a true Frisbee Flyer along with the lifestyles and diverse people it brings together? We'll follow along some of the leaders, founders and inspirational players of this game that make throwing a Frisbee around in a circle an artistic revolution. When you mention the sport to die hards in Frisbee circles it lights up their faces and the stories begin to unravel.
Our research phases are ongoing for this project and we look forward to all imput from those who are just novices to those who have taken on a "Flying Saucer" lifestyle. We've centered in on a special behind the scenes look at the mentality and makeup of dedicated Frisbee players. Even if you consider yourself a novice, the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, takes on new meaning when you get a chance to learn about it's inception from the early origination days at Columbia High School in Maplewood. Watch out world. Do YOU believe in "Flying Saucers"?
Please feel free to contact Executive Producer James Ford Nussbaum if you've learned to love and play this game either in your earlier years, the present now or just like to visit a playing field to make new friends. You don't have to be a follower of UFO's to appreciate the aura of "Flying Saucers"....
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any leads or tips on the sport and the disc. All are welcome to participate in this project. All imput is welcome. Tell your friends and help us all break down the odd myths and speculations of those newcomers that don't quite understand the sport to those who created an "anti-sport". Watch the program on YouTube under "Flying Saucers: The Ultimate Frisbee Story"
CONTROVERSY IS EVERYWHERE OVER ULTIMATE FRISBEE DOCUMENTARY
Hollywood producer seeks to ground Frisbee documentary
by Johanna Ginsberg NJJN Staff Writer
Third in a series about the making of Flying Saucers
Film producer Joel Silver may have grounded Flying Saucers, the Frisbee documentary by Morristown filmmaker Jim Nussbaum that credits the Hollywood mogul with inventing the team sport known as Ultimate Frisbee.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, just as Nussbaum was about to begin distribution of the documentary, he received a letter from Silver’s chief operating officer asking Nussbaum to remove footage of Silver, a South Orange native, from his video. Nussbaum had obtained the footage from Willie Herndon, a math teacher in St. Louis, who conducted the interview with Silver for his own documentary on the sport.
Silver claims that only he, not Herndon, can give permission to use the footage.
“We were shocked to find one of the interviews used was given by Mr. Silver to a person not associated with your project,” the letter, signed by Steve Richards, reads. “Under the circumstances, you have no right to use Mr. Silver’s name.”
The letter goes on to state that the use has caused Silver substantial damage and asks Nussbaum to “immediately cease” to use Silver’s image and to contact Richards to confirm that the interview has been removed from the piece.
Nussbaum said fulfilling the request would undermine his film, which documents the sport’s development by Silver and others at Maplewood’s Columbia High School in the 1960s. “I can’t just chop out Silver’s interview,” he told NJ Jewish News. “It’s a major portion of the piece and he’s a major player. The coup of this piece is having both Silver and [Ultimate co-inventor Jon] Hines in it. If this were squelched, it would destroy the essence of the piece.”
For Silver, it’s a question of how his image will be used. “In no way is this Joel trying to stop [the project], He’s just wanting to approve his involvement,” said Joy Fehily, Silver’s publicist.
The footage of Silver comes from a 1997 interview by Herndon, who shot it for The Spirit of the Game, his own documentary of the sport. Nussbaum acquired the footage directly from Herndon, after being referred to him by Silver himself, according to Nussbaum. He had contacted Silver several times, he told NJJN. “At some point Silver called me back and asked if there was anything else I needed. I told him I needed an interview with him. He referred me to Willie Herndon.”
According to Nussbaum, he then contacted Herndon, who sent him all of his footage to use, which Nussbaum assumed he had consent to use. Apparently, Herndon did not have any kind of release from Silver to turn over the footage.
“I didn’t cross my t’s and dot my i’s,” said Nussbaum. “I guess I was foolish and assumed I had consent.”
In the meantime, Nussbaum said, he had been sending Silver updates on the project and was therefore surprised to receive the letter. “I’m not looking to ruffle any feathers. I want to proceed in a way that will make them happy.”
But according to Fehily, it is the sale of the documentary that is causing the potential problem. Nussbaum entered the film in New Jersey’s Black Maria Film and Video Festival and has been engaged in talks with College Sports Television to help with its placement, packaging, and marketing. “Joel believes that this is not something that should be sold; it should be given away,” said Fehily.
Still, she said she believes the parties may be able to reach an amicable agreement and that it is premature at this stage to predict the outcome. “We don’t know what will happen when Joel and Nussbaum connect.”
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