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Synopsis: A family in rural Minnesota transforms their expansive front yard into a magnificent ballpark for a game they created based on traditional American baseball. This is the story of how the game evolved and an exploration of the extraordinary moments and culture it has created.

What would the world be like if sports were different? Tapeball has the answer.



Run Time

65 minutes


Joel Grams
Derrick Grams
Luke Anderson
Reggie Grams
Jeff Grams

Directed by

Joe Nyquist

Written by

Joe Nyquist

Produced by

Joe Nyquist

Executive Producer

Sharon Nyquist

Edited by

Joe Nyquist

Director's Statement

I discovered Tapeball 10 years ago when I was invited by a friend to play. The gifts this game and this family who plays it have given me have been so altering to the way I see the world that telling the story had to happen. I did my best to put as much love into this film as the subjects put into their game.

“Tapeball” is uplifting, unique, and helps everyone feel part of the game.

Director's Bio

Having spent 12 years in advertising and multimedia production, first-time filmmaker Joe Nyquist has taken on the challenge of directing, producing, filming, editing, and scoring “Tapeball” by himself.

Joe lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and two children.

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