Alex Cirillo has been within the movie enterprise for a very long time, however she by no means earlier than had her Yankees-fan husband weigh in on the artistic course of . . . or had an enormous fan membership present up at a screening at Yankee Stadium.
“There have been about 3,000 folks there, and about 300 of them had been my family and friends from Lengthy Island,” she stated with fun in an interview with Newsday.
Such are the advantages of being a lead producer on “The Captain,” ESPN’s seven-part documentary on Derek Jeter.
“I feel a challenge like that impressed my dad and mom and made them really feel proud,” she stated. “You understand, attending to say, ‘Hey, invite your folks and your siblings to return to Yankee Stadium and watch the primary two episodes of my present!’”
As for her husband, Anthony Ferreiras, let’s simply say he was extra engaged in her work than is customary.
“Normally I am doing an unbiased movie about, you realize, girls’s points,” Cirillo stated. “And that is not one thing that I ask him to look at with me on a regular basis.
“It was actually superior to have the ability to have him by my aspect all through the method . . . It was an excellent litmus check for what the viewers and what Yankees followers can be enthusiastic about or would suppose was one thing new.”
Cirillo had a little bit of a Yankees dynasty studying curve, as a result of she grew up in a Mets-centric dwelling in Rockville Centre.
Cirillo herself was lively in sports activities and was coached in basketball by her father, Ray, who later was an assistant girls’s basketball coach at Briarcliff Faculty.
However after deciding that at 5-foot-4 her future was not within the WNBA, Cirillo went into the movie enterprise, the place she crossed paths with Randy Wilkins.
The 2 labored collectively on a brief movie about Jackie Robinson for MLB, and when Wilkins was named director of the Jeter collection, he requested Cirillo to affix him.
She stated she labored as his “proper hand,” notably establishing practically each one of many 90 or so interviews within the collection.
“It simpler than you’ll suppose, as a result of it is Derek Jeter,” Cirillo stated. “We did not come up towards a variety of resistance. Individuals had been excited to take part and to be requested to take part.”
Michael Jordan was prepared however logistical problems delayed his sitdown till this spring, very late within the manufacturing course of.
“He was super-generous and super-charismatic and actually complimentary of Derek,” Cirillo stated. “You could possibly inform that their relationship is real and it wasn’t only a [famous] face we had been interviewing, somebody that folks can be enthusiastic about. They’ve a real friendship. So he had actual perception to share.”
Working with colleagues equivalent to producer Gabe Honig and Wilkins, Cirillo obtained to sit down in on a minimum of elements of most interviews and stated Wilkins was good about searching for their enter. (By the way in which, line producer Jenna Carey is also from Rockville Centre.)
Cirillo, who has been within the enterprise since 2008, stated “The Captain” is “by far” the largest challenge she has labored on when it comes to her position and the collection itself.
“This wasn’t like slapping my title on as a producer on it; we had been within the trenches all day, daily, and nonetheless to at the present time,” stated Cirillo, who now lives in Oceanside.
What was it like working with Jeter himself?
“I didn’t actually know what to anticipate,” she stated. “He is this legend, and on the finish of the day, I felt like he was as a lot a traditional man as such a champion could possibly be.
“However what actually struck me was how he has the mindset of a champion and he cannot flip that off. In order a lot as he’ll chit-chat with you about life or the climate, there’s this edge to him, this aggressive edge that’s so distinctive to somebody who’s as profitable as he’s.”
Cirillo stated Wilkins sought a crew that not solely was various in race, age and gender, however in fandom. He didn’t need everybody to be like him – a man from the Bronx who grew up a fan of the Yankees and Jeter.
Cirillo is aware of either side of the Mets/Yankees coin. She stated the response of household and mates on the screening confirmed what the challenge is all about.
“It was actually particular to listen to how nostalgic they had been watching episodes one and two and the way it introduced again recollections of going to video games with their dad and mom and their grandparents, and a variety of them are new dad and mom now,” Cirillo stated,
“I obtained a variety of actually touching private tales from individuals who simply felt like these moments that had been included within the movie had been seminal moments of their youth as New York sports activities followers.”