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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

A portrait of Nicole Sherry, Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards and one of the only two women in that profession in Major League Baseball.


Nicole Sherry had to push past interview questions like, “Are you just here to f*** players?” to nab her first head groundskeeper job for the Yankee farm team, the Trenton Thunder. She arrived to find the grounds in complete disarray—brown and covered in goose droppings. With a measly $15,000 budget, broken tools, and no staff, she pulled the field together for Opening Day in just six weeks. She became so popular they created a Nicole Sherry Bobblehead, and she signed post-game autographs regularly. Three seasons later she graduated (alongside Thunder team members and future Yankee superstars Chien-Ming Wang, Melky Cabrera, and Robinson Canó) to the Major Leagues.

Nicole now tends Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards. She says despite the abundance of “eye candy,” personal relationships with the players are strictly off limits. But she’s happy to serve as a role model until the next MLB glass ceiling is broken…that of the first female umpire.

Sarah Knight, Director/Produer
Sarah Knight’s, music doc, “Hot Flash,” won the Audience  Favorite Award at the 2009 Cinema on the Bayou Festival and was nominated for Best in Show at the 2008 Rappahannock FF. It premiered at the Bermuda Int’l FF, was featured in the 2007 IFP Market’s Spotlight on Docs  section.

Her narrative features in development include, “The Rhythm of  Chaos” (Shohreh Aghdashloo of “The House of Sand and Fog” will star), which  was presented at the 2008 Tribeca All Access program; and, “Shady Creek” (starring Tyson Beckford of “Into the Blue” and C.J. Sanders of “Ray”), which  was a second-round finalist for the Sundance Creative Producing Initiative  & Film Independent Fast Track programs, and a semi-finalist in the  RedConnector Filmmaker Competition. Her adaptation of the bestselling  novel, “A Yellow Raft in Blue Water,” was featured in the 2007 IFP Market’s Emerging Narrative section, was invited to the 2007 Film Independent  Screenwriters Lab, and was a second round finalist for the 2007 & 2008  Sundance Labs. Q’orianka Kilcher (Pocahontas in “The New World”) will  star and co-produce.

Barbara Ghammashi, Producer
Barbara Ghammashi is a producer developing narrative and documentary films through her company Roadside Pictures Inc. Her latest film, “Hot Flash,” was acquired by Shorts International and Barbara is currently a producer on the documentary “Sing: The 2008 Hotel Café Tour” and a co-producer on the documentary “Wise Women Speak.” Other recent credits include the documentaries “Home Front” (Consulting Producer) and “Beslan: Three Days In September” (Coordinating Producer).  Projects in development include the feature script “Everything’s Going to Be Alright” with DGA-Award winner Tasha Oldham attached to direct and an adaptation of Kate Wilhelm’s novella “Naming the Flowers.” Barbara was a second-round finalist for the Sundance Creative Producing Initiative with the feature “Shady Creek.” Prior to forming Roadside Pictures, Barbara was a Director of Original Programming at Showtime Networks Inc.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts