The documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball looks at the Portland Mavericks of the 1970s - the only independent ball team existing then. A Hollywood actor founded the team, staffed it with scruffy athletes who played for the fun of it, and went on to embarrass the Major Leagues. Rick Brough takes a Closeup view of this film.
George Takei became famous for his role on Star Trek, but since then, he's taken on a number of other roles. The SUndance documentary To Be Takei examines them all. Rick Brough gives this film its Closeup.
As part of its 20th anniversary, the Slamdance Film Festival is inviting filmgoers to the Treasure Mountain Inn at the top of Main Street. One of the documentaries, Waiting For Mamu, is about a woman's effort to address the plight of children in Nepal. Rick Brough has more.