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The Umpire

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This short dramatic film for children, told from the point of view of a nine-year-old boy, explores the subject of parental separation. Intended to promote discussion and encourage children to express their feelings, the story is set on the morning that Phillip Hudson learns his parents are splitting up. When his father's absence puts the Saturday morning baseball game in jeopardy, Phillip's determination saves the day. In a warm and entertaining fashion, The Umpire shows a boy dealing with a painful situation in a resourceful and constructive way.

1985, 17 min

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Red Ribbon Award - Category: Children's Fiction
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 27 to June 1 1986, New York - USA

First Place - Category: Human Relations
National Educational Media Network Competition
April 26 to 28 1985, Oakland - USA