no no: a dockumentary
"An amazing story"
- The Hollywood Reporter
"Unfailingly entertaining and occasionally even mind-blowing."
- Seattle Times
"Best of SXSW"
"As this smart and sympathetic profile shows, Dock Ellis didn't need a no-hitter, stoned or otherwise, to define himself; he was his own best work."
- New York Times
Director: Jeffrey J. Radice
Runtime: 100 minutes
Production Year: 2014
Public Performance Rights Licensing: Starting at $299
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GENRE: Documentary, Biography, Sports, Drugs
On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In over 137 years of organized professional baseball, it's the only no-hitter tossed while the pitcher was high on LSD. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. Coming up in the 1960s, while professional baseball hadn't fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” His fearlessness enabled him to become one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 70s and a trailblazer for a new wave of civil rights. After retiring, Dock became as outspoken about his career-spanning substance abuse issues as he had been about intolerance. He spent decades utilizing his brash approach as a counselor, helping other addicts in their recoveries. Through intimate stories and a trove of archival footage, No No: A Dockumentary brings Dock's vibrant life to light, burnishing the legend and revealing the man behind it.