LOG LINE: The 1946 Spokane Indian baseball players know how to be a team and know how to win, but when their bus crashes midway through the season and nine of them die, their spirits must learn how to die too young and, even in death, stay together as a team.

UNTIL THE END OF THE NINTH is inspired by the true story of a 1946 minor league team that died in a bus crash midway through that season. It is the worst professional sports accident in U.S. history. Nine of the 16 men on the bus died. Eight of the 9 who died had served in World War II. They died as a team - the number of players on the field. It is a poignant story of good men who could have become great names in baseball, and who already were great men in the eyes of their loved ones. The story is told as if the men's spirits could have lived on. (This is an adaptation of a novel by the same name and author.)

  • Beth Bollinger
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay, Treatment
  • Genres:
    Drama, historical, magical realism, sports, baseball, spiritual
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    July 28, 2017
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    Bellmore, NY
    July 13, 2018
    Runner-up, Best Screenplay
  • Las Vegas International Screenplay Competition
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    July 31, 2018
    First Place Overall
Writer Biography - Beth Bollinger

Beth is a lawyer turned author and producer. She was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the West. She has traveled extensively both and the U.S. and abroad, and worked as a news reporter and English teacher before obtaining her law degree in the Washington, D.C. area. Beth's passion is her writing. She is a published novelist and has six completed feature length screenplays, several drama series pilots, and many other projects in the works. She is drawn to tell transformative stories of struggle and redemption against all odds.

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Writer Statement

I am an author, producer and lawyer bringing story to life. I specialize in creative nonfiction, well-researched scripts, and multi-layered tales. I'm skilled in distilling complex topics into relatable text. I mix urban with rural, mythology with modern tellings, and intense drama with humor. I've lived all over the U.S. (as well as in England and Japan), and currently live in Spokane, Washington. The Pacific Northwest is ofttimes my muse. I have a half-dozen feature film scripts, a handful of pilots, am story consultant on some scripts, and have lots of projects in progress. My feature film scripts are BLESSED BE THE LIGHT OF GRACE (a suspense drama set in present day, dealing with priest sex abuse in the Catholic church), UNTIL THE END OF THE NINTH (an adaptation of my baseball novel which is inspired by a true story of a 1946 team that died in a bus crash midway through that season), A MIGHTY MATCH (a sweet romantic comedy/drama set in Seattle, with its own touch of magic), AGAINST (an action drama about a suicide prevention group, set in a medieval fantasy world), AGAIN (a thriller set in Chicago and China), and PAID VACATION (a family travel story set in Chicago and China).  My drama series pilots include a small-town lawyer plot, and a story of a young archaeology student reaching back to the beginning of time.