With Sugar, filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden weave an introspective sports drama focusing on a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big leagues and earn the money needed to support his impoverished family. Miguel Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team. But before that happens, he'll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing into the United States' minor league system at the tender age of 19, Miguel is warmly welcomed into the small-town Iowa home of his host family, but can't help but struggle with language and cultural barriers despite the kindness of strangers. Subsequently forced to reevaluate his life's ambition after his once-trusty arm becomes unreliable, the previously single-minded pitcher gradually begins to question both the world he lives in and the role he has chosen to play in it. We recently caught up with the two filmmakers behind this searing drama, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, as well as their leading man Algenis Perez Soto. To watch our exclusive video interviews, click on the clips below:
Sugar opens in limited release April 3rd, 2009.