Fort Myers, FL – April 13, 2025
In the heart of Fort Myers, Florida, the anticipation is building as the highly-anticipated documentary, “Sunshine Showcase,” directed by Steven Perez, is set to hit the screens on April 13, 2025. The film provides an intimate and revealing look into the 2016 Sunshine East Showcase, a pivotal event that brought together aspiring baseball players, college scouts, and professional talent seekers.
Taking place at the 5-Plex/Terry Park on May 14-15, 2016, the Sunshine East Showcase served as a crucial juncture for thousands of young athletes with dreams of making it big in the world of baseball. The documentary skillfully intertwines recently-discovered home video footage from the event with contemporary “where are they now” interviews featuring the participants.
At the center of the narrative are real-life accounts from players including Alex Ballard, Adrian Bringas, Andre Perez, Ian Matos, Jan Matos, Max Pearton, Luis Trujillo, Sam Higginbotham, William Jeffry, and Manuel Monrey. The film explores the hopes, challenges, and resilience of these athletes as they navigated the intense competition, vying for the attention of scouts and the prospect of a future in the sport they love.
With a runtime of 108 minutes, “Sunshine Showcase” aims to captivate audiences by delving into the untold stories behind the scoreboard. Despite the relatively small scale of the event in the broader spectrum of baseball, the documentary highlights the profound impact those two days had on the lives of the participants.
Director Steven Perez expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “The Sunshine Showcase was more than just a baseball event; it was a crucible of dreams, determination, and the pursuit of success. This documentary seeks to capture the essence of those transformative days and showcase the enduring spirit of these athletes.”
As the release date approaches, “Sunshine Showcase” promises to be a must-watch for sports enthusiasts and anyone intrigued by the convergence of passion, perseverance, and the pursuit of the American dream. Mark your calendars for April 13, 2025, and get ready to step onto the field with these extraordinary individuals whose stories transcend the boundaries of the baseball diamond.