“The Dome” is a documentary film telling the stories of the 2010 Craig Cromwell League in Baltimore City. Hosted each year by the Madison Square Recreation Center (nicknamed “The Dome”) and funded by nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital, the league features the city’s top high school basketball teams each summer. Run by former St. Frances coach William Wells, the league is now in it’s 25th year and plays host to eight boys teams and six girls teams. Named after Craig Cromwell, a former athlete of Wells’ killed while walking home from practice, the league serves as a bright spot in the rough and tough community of East Baltimore. This blog provides updates on the film and the 25th Annual Craig Cromwell league.
The film will be geared towards residents of the greater Baltimore area and passionate fans of high school basketball. More than a highlight reel of street-ball, the film aims to tell the human stories of this extraordinary league and community. For many young people, basketball is a positive alternative to time on the streets and a possible doorway to college. The Craig Cromwell League supports those efforts by providing a bridge to school year teams through the summer months. With Coach Wells and league’s funding not guaranteed each year, I hope to present a film showing the positive impact the league has on the young people of Baltimore.
Hello, my name is Nate Brigham and I am a graduate student at American University (Washington, DC). I have lived in Maryland for just over a year now and am finishing up my MFA in Film and Electronic Media. In 2005 I graduated from Tufts University where I ran four years of cross-country and track. As both a sports fan and filmmaker, The Dome combines two of my greatest passions. In my spare time I still run competitively and am a dedicated follower of the Patriots, Celtics, & Red Sox. To see some of my other work, feel free to visit my other website onthreeonthree.com.