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We chat with the woman behind a local production company that’s bringing the story of The Great 8 to the silver screen with the community’s help. Batter up and keep reading!

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The GR8 is a documentary produced by Barking Fish Entertainment highlighting the ’76 Cincinnati Reds, with the players telling the story themselves.

Cincy Chic: What’s is the film, GR8: The Story of The Big Red Machine about?
Aymie Majerski, Producer at Barking Fish Entertainment: No team has ever been more dominant than the ’76 Reds. Bench, Morgan, Rose, Perez, Foster, Concepcion, Griffey and Geronimo, collectively known as The “Great 8,” earned 63 All-Star selections, 6 MVP awards and 26 Gold Gloves. It may seem like a big conceit, but the assertion that the Big Red Machine was the last baseball dynasty, and always will be, is not far off base.

The 1976 Reds were the first National League team to win back-to-back World Championships since the 1922 New York Giants. But what made the Reds great was the starting eight position players.

The Reds’ “Great 8” were the best ever, as judged by history, the numbers and the accolades. Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan,Tony Perez,Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey and Cesar Geronimo, led by manager Sparky Anderson. In the seven seasons from 1970-76, the Reds won five division titles, four league pennants and the consecutive World Series. They averaged 98 wins for a winning percentage of .607. In the peak years of the dynasty, from 1972-1976, the Reds’ winning percentage averaged .626 – or 100 wins a season.

The Great 8 were together as starters only on the consecutive World Champions of 1975-76. Those Reds’ teams played a total of 351 games and won 224 of them, including postseason games. That’s a .638 winning percentage. The Great 8 played only 88 games together as a starting lineup in 1975-76. They went 69-19 — a .784 winning percentage. But those 88 games were enough to stamp the “Great 8’s” signature on baseball forever. Over the course of seven years, the Big Red Machine won consecutive World Series, four National League pennants, and five National League Western Division titles. The glory of this dynasty, maybe the last of its kind.

Aymie Majerski, Producer at Big Fish Entertainment.
Aymie Majerski, Producer at Barking Fish Entertainment.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the film?
Majerski: Barking Fish Entertainment team Terry Lukemire, Director and Aymie Majerski, Producer. Producers Josh Sneed and Nick Lachey.

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the production company that’s producing the film?
Majerski: Known for developing nationally recognized commercial, film and television projects Barking Fish Entertainment is a one-stop shop for development, production and post-production, including high-end motion graphics and animation. Barking Fish specializes in storytelling and works intimately with the development and production team to bring visions to life. The Bfish Team is made up of experienced technicians and artists with a commitment to not only seeing, but understanding the Big Picture.

The team strives to create spectacular, original visions that we are proud of and work extremely hard at what we love to do. This is evident in the quality of our work and the continuously growing network. Having, in the past few years, successfully managed the production and distribution of two nationally released documentaries and one Internationally released feature film, Barking Fish is excited to produce this hometown treasure in celebration of the Cincinnati Reds Great 8!

Cincy Chic: What do you hope viewers will take away from seeing the film?
Majerski: This will be the first time that the story of The Big Red Machine will be told by the Great 8 themselves, the players themselves! The film will be a personal recollections and less of a highlight reel.

Cincy Chic: When will the film be released?
Majerski: We are so excited to announce the launch of the Big Red Machine documentary (“GR8″) kickstarter campaign. We have all eight players on board for the project and the Cincinnati Reds themselves could not be more excited and have helped to secure the Great American Ballpark for the world premiere of this film. We are pre-selling tickets to this event and a bunch of other cool stuff in order to raise money to produce the film.

This is an important project for not only the city of Cincinnati, but for Baseball itself! But we cannot make it without your help! Please help make this possible by contributing to this funding campaign. Please know that your contribution will not only earn you some great rewards, but YOU will help get this film made! Please help us reach our goal by January 14th!!

Every dollar helps. Be a $10 or $10,000, we truly appreciate your support! Please contribute today at: great8doc.com.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Big Fish in the coming year?
Majerski: 2016 looks to be a year of continued development and exciting production for Barking Fish Entertainment.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the film or Barking Fish?
Majerski: Visit great8doc.com or barkingfishentertaiment.com for more.

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