Screwball

Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people and this is certainly true of steroid peddler Anthony Bosch and his most notorious client, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While Bosch’s medical credentials may be lacking, his storytelling skills are first rate as he hilariously details the rise and fall of his “health clinic”, including mob connections, financial chicanery, his cocaine habit, and Rodriguez’s eccentric behavior. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard or the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Powerful interests would be happy to let this story slip from memory, but Screwball makes it unforgettable.

reactions

“A very entertaining film, stuffed with colorful idiots and serves-you-right twists.”

John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“What might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for “60 Minutes.”

Joe Leydon, Variety

“More entertaining than a dozen Major League Baseball games stacked on top of one another”

Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

“It’s a cinematic home run.”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

awards & festivals

Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Official Selection - Doc NYC 2018

Miami Film Festival 2019 - Winner - Audience Award for Documentary

screenings

theater name city/state opening date
Cinema Village New York, NY 03/29/2019
Facets Multimedia Cinematheque Chicago, IL 03/29/2019
Cinema Detroit Detroit, MI 03/29/2019
Laemmle's Music Hall Los Angeles, CA 03/29/2019
Tower Theater Miami, FL 03/29/2019
O Cinema Miami Beach Miami, FL 03/29/2019
St. Anthony Main Theatre Minneapolis, MN 03/29/2019
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center New Orleans, LA 03/29/2019
Old Mill Playhouse The Villages, FL 03/29/2019
Parkway Theater & Film Lounge Pittsburgh, PA 03/29/2019
4-Star Theatre San Francisco, CA 03/29/2019
3Below Theatres San Jose, CA 03/29/2019
Varsity Theatre Seattle, WA 03/29/2019