The Sandlot


This screening will take place outdoors in Sells, AZ at the Sells Recreation Center, Main Street, Sells, AZ, 85634. Please bring your own seating. Featuring an introduction by Esteemed Elder, Lois Liston.

Special thanks to our community partner for this screening, Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum and the Sells Recreation Center!

This screening is part of The Loft Cinema’s Rolling Reels series, a community-building program that takes carefully curated films for free screenings in underserved rural areas, providing a unique cultural experience. The movies will travel across Southern Arizona in The Loft Solar Cinema, a van outfitted with solar panels that will power a 20-foot inflatable screen and state-of-the-art mobile projection system. Made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities. 

The Sandlot is scene after scene of nostalgic perfection – it’s a love letter to summer and to being a kid. What a ridiculously fun movie.” –Scott Beggs, Film School Rejects

In this nostalgic, family-friendly sports comedy, referred to by Roger Ebert as “the summertime version of A Christmas Story,” an awkward young boy experiences a summer filled with baseball and wild adventures that might just make him the big man in his small town. Fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) is the quiet new kid in town in the summer of 1962. He’s eager to make new friends, so when the neighborhood sandlot baseball team needs one more player, he doesn’t mention that he has no idea how to play. After several embarrassing baseball mishaps, Scotty is taken under the wing of the team’s star player, and soon all the boys on the team become best friends. One summer day, Smalls borrows his step-father’s ball to keep a game going, and in a moment of glory that quickly turns to dread, he knocks it out of the sandlot and into the yard of mean old Mr. Myrtle (James Earl Jones). When the boys realize the ball was autographed by legendary player Babe Ruth, they set out on a comically dangerous mission to retrieve it from the claws of a 300-pound English mastiff known as “The Beast.” (Dir. by David M. Evans, 1993, USA, 101 mins., Rated PG)

Esteemed Elder, Lois Liston
Lois Liston is an educator at Ha:san Preparatory & Leadership School in Traditional Singing, O’odham language, and Traditional Arts, specifically, basket-weaving and is a participant of the University of Arizona’s Science and Engineering Elder Program and a member of the Tohono O’odham Community Action Group. Liston will discuss the role of sports in Tohono O’odham culture with an emphasis on Toka, an ancient game played predominantly by women of the Tohono O’odham Nation.