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The Spy Behind Home Plate - with Aviva Kempner

Presented by California Film Institute and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

Jun 09 2019
The Spy Behind Home Plate - with Aviva Kempner

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner hosts a screening of her documentary

Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) delivers the first feature documentary to tell the true story of Morris “Moe” Berg, the brilliant and enigmatic Jewish baseball player turned spy.

Berg caught and fielded in five different major league teams during baseball’s “golden age” in the 1920s and 30s.

But few know that Berg, often called the brainiest man in baseball, also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America’s efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during World War II.

Enriched by interviews and archival footage, Berg’s exciting life story can decidedly be filed under “stranger than fiction.”

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner in person


General  –  $11.75
Seniors (60 and over)  –  $8.50
Youth (12 and under)  –  $8.50
Matinees (at or before 4:00pm)  –  $9.00

CFI Members –  $7 (no service fee for tickets purchased online)

Contact: 415-454-1222


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Additional time info:

1:40 pm


  • The Spy Behind Home Plate


Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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