Ballhawks launches on YouTube’s Movie Channel.

Any true Cub fan understands the virtue of patience. We waited a year to revise our trailer and shave a few minutes off the film’s running time. I’m proud of the way we made Ballhawks and the final film.

On April 20th, Ballhawks will realize a dream come true, due to the passion, talent and hard work of many people. With their most gracious support, we will launch our film on YouTube’s feature movie platform at

We are also in the process of submitting the film to ITunes and Hulu and hope to have Ballhawks available on these and other platforms by late spring or summer. Due to our license agreement with Major League Baseball, we have no plans for Broadcast or DVD sales.

YouTube Movies 04/20/12 [link]

Bill Murray runs the bases at Wrigley Field.

After throwing out the first pitch, Murray was also given the task of singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” This isn’t the first time that Murray has taken part in the Chicago Cubs’ festivities. The elusive film star, who grew up a Chicago Cubs fan in Wilmette, Illinois, once sat in for Harry Carey and announced the starting lineup.Murray also narrated a Chicago Cubs documentary last year called “Ballhawks.” (The movie took a look at the people who stand outside Wrigley Field to catch homerun balls.)

The Inquisitr 04/06/12 [link]

Lake Bluff resident shoots Documentary on Ballhawking at Wrigley Field.

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to have asked this question: Who are the guys standing on Waveland Avenue just outside Wrigley Field, waiting for a home run ball? Lake Bluff resident Mike Diedrich took that question one step further. He made a movie about it.”

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch 12/21/11 [link]

Midwest Independent Film Festival presents Best of the Midwest Awards.

The 2011 Best of the Midwest Awards were presented on Tuesday, December 6th at the Rockit Bar and Grill in downtown Chicago, an annual ceremony that celebrates Chicago’s Midwest Independent Film festival.” 12/7/11 [link]

Ballhawks tops at BMAs.

Ballhawks wins Best Editing and Best Director at The Midwest Independent Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest Awards.“

Screen Mag 12/6/11 [link]

Vita da Ballhawks, in strada aspettando una pallina.

Corriere Della Sera, Milano [link]

O&M’s Diedrich hits a home run with “Ballhawks” doc

Reel Chicago  3/24/11 [link]

Ballhawks: The Obsession of Catching a Home Run Ball Outside Wrigley

Ballhawks has been screened at film festivals big and small, but unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a theatrical release date in sight. Hopefully, that will change with opening day just weeks away.“

Hypervocal  3/21/11 [link]

Gordon and the Whale “Ballhawks Review”

If this movie touches you in a way that makes you remember why it is that you are as passionate about the things that you care about, then you are very much in tune with the desires that have shaped your life. You don’t even have to be a sports fan to appreciate and understand this film.

Gordon and The Review by J.C. De Leon  11/9/10 [link]

Documentary “Ballhawks” screens at AFF

In his review, Patrick Beach describes the “Ballhawks” as an “ode to Chicago, the biggest small town in America, and the perseverance of its working classes.”

Austin Post  10/26/10 [link]

The Flyway Film Festival

“Another highlight is Ballhawks, a documentary film narrated by Bill Murray, about men who chase baseballs and dreams on the streets outside of Wrigley Field.”

Twin Cities Daily Planet (by Jim Brunzell III) 10/20/10 [link]

Smells Like Screen Spirit-Ballhawks Review

Every good documentary needs a good moment of dramatic tension — Ballhawks doubles our pleasure (like Wrigley’s Doublemint gum) with two.  10/20/10 [link]

Austin Film Festival Preview: Top 5 Documentaries

…”films of the nonfiction variety too often go unnoticed or under-appreciated. It’s safe to believe the eight films that make up Austin Film Festival’s 2010 Documentary Feature category have been chosen for good reason from among a mountain of entries.”

Austinist website  10/15/10 [link]

“Hall of Fame’s Baseball Film Festival thrills both fans and filmmakers.”

For director Mike Diedrich, bringing his film Ballhawks, which concerns the men who chase balls hit outside Chicago’s famed Wrigley Field, to the Baseball Hall of Fame was somewhat overwhelming.

National Baseball Hall of Fame website, (Bill Francis)- 10/5/10 [link]

‘The Red Carpet Comes to Sioux Falls’

Poignant and comedic, Bill Murray’s narration brings heart to a film that beats with the undying love of a Cub’s fan.

KDLT  Sioux Falls, S.D.- 9/21/10 [link ]

‘Ballhawks’ accepted to Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival.

Three-Day Event, Featuring Screening of Billy Crystal’s Classic 61*, Highlights Baseball on the Big Screen

Baseball Hall of Fame website- 9/9/10 [link]

‘Celebrating the true indie movie spirit’

Chicago Sun Times- 9/10/10 [link]

‘What I’m Doing this weekend’

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Mike Diedrich, director of the Bill Murray–narrated documentary Ballhawks.

Chicago Magazine Online- 9/8/10 [link and then scroll to bottom of page]

Bill Murray Narrates New Documentary ‘Ballhawks’.

Chicago Magazine Article- 9/7/10 [link]

Off The Beaten Path-Ballhawks.

Common Guy’s Film Reviews- 8/29/10 [link]

Ballhawks hits a home run.

The Quad City Times Review- 7/28/10 [link]

Ballhawks wins Best Feature Length Documentary Film-Indianapolis Film Fest.

The Film Yap- 7/25/10 [link]

Ballhawks works wonderfully because rather than regarding these men as unusual or quirky it rather has a sweet affection for them.

The Independent Critic- 7/24/10 [link]

The Film Yap-“Ballhawks” is a living tribute to baseball freaks and stat hounds the world over, guys who, as Bill Murray notes, know the players almost as well as they know each other.”

The Film Yap- 7/12/10 [link]

Indianapolis Business Journal. Lou Harry’s “Best of The Fest.” 7/12/10 [link]

TIPTON, Iowa—Stuck elevators, foul balls and the world’s largest lava lamp are among the filmed subjects of this year’s Hardacre Film Festival.

Hardacre Press Release- 7/1/10 [link]

Documentary Film Chronicles Wrigley Field’s Ballhawks

WBEZ interview with Jason Marck- 5/28/10 [link & audio]

There’s another team of hawks in town, and while these guys aren’t afraid to lose a tooth, they couldn’t care less about the Stanley Cup.

Chicago Magazine’s #1 Don’t Miss Pick- 5/26/10 [link]

Chasing a dream along Waveland

Sun Times Review by Dave Hoekstra- 5/28/10 [link]

Ticket to camaraderie, if not the game

Nina Metz  Chicago Tribune- 5/28/10 [link]

Exploring Wrigley’s Ballhawks At The Siskel

Chicagoist Film Review- 5/27/10 [link]

Mike Diedrich directs and shoots a lustrous answer by portraying grown men with baseball gloves who gather on the streets outside Wrigley Field during Cubs games.

Newcity Film Review- 5/27/10 [link]

One Helluva Sports Weekend

Bleed Cubbie Blue- 5/27/10 [link]

Executive Producer Joel Murray and Film Maker Michael Diedrich, of the Documentary Ballhawks are this week’s special guests on The Fancave

Fan Cave Radio Show- 5/26/10 [link]

“Ballhawks, like the similarly great documentary, Gates of Heaven, makes us reconsider and, almost to our surprise, understand one of the most unusual of answers.”

We All Fall Down- 4/25/10 [read]

In honor of the Ballhawks.

The Cub Reporter- 5/13/10 [read]

Film captures ‘Ballhawks’ outside Wrigley. website- 5/3/10  [read]

Oh no, not another Cubs Movie-It’s honest to God narrated by Bill Murray.

The Heckler Blog-Saturday 5/2/10  [read]

Bill Murray’s “Ballhawks” To Premiere Next Week

Ballhawks Press Release [click here for Release in new window]

4/20 Ballhawks, the movie

Muskat Ramblings – 4/20/10 [ read ]

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