Tim Frakes Productions

LWF Mount of Olives Sports Field

What was once a dusty, rocky, dirt field is now a state-of-the-art soccer pitch with artificial turf and lights that normally stay on late into the night as community clubs and neighborhood children practice and play on the field.

LWF Jerusalem purposely held this video for release on July 7th, to coincide with the beginning of the final week of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil. Many of the kids in the video dream of being a great footballer one day. With much sadness, the release of the video also comes at a time of tragedies and heightened tensions in Jerusalem. As if to express the collective grief and frustration of the community, the field has been dark and silent on recent nights.

This is one of a series of videos I produced this year with Mark Brown for The Lutheran World Federation Jerusalem Program.

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Soccer on the Mount of Olives

Palestinian boys practice at a new sports facility owned by the Lutheran World Federation on the Mount of Olives. The modern, professional grade playing surface is the first of it's kind in this part of East Jerusalem serving Palestinian children.

Palestinian boys practice practice at a new sports facility owned by the Lutheran World Federation on the Mount of Olives. The modern, professional grade playing surface is the first of it’s kind in this part of East Jerusalem serving Palestinian children.

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Golf Time


My good buddy Jim Quattrocki cut this fun bit together. It was a lovely day at Big Run in Lemont, Illinois with JIm, Darren Harrison and his cousin Julie.

Colorado Zip Line


Went on my first zip line at Lutheran Valley Retreat near Divide, Colorado last week while on a shoot with Bethesda Lutheran Communities. The campers were zipping down the mountain, so I needed a shot from their perspective. It’s like a ski lift in wild reverse!

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“I must be in the front row…”

So, my daughter, Emily gets Connor and I $20 Bulls tickets in the nose bleeds.  At half time, a guy with a  walkie-talkie taps me on the shoulder and asks if we want to sit courtside?  "Sure!"  So, off we go to watch the Bulls get pounded in seats with a ticket price of $950 each!  "I must be in the front row!"

So, my daughter, Emily gets Connor and I $20 Bulls tickets in the nose bleeds. At half time, a guy with a walkie-talkie taps me on the shoulder and asks if we want to sit courtside? "Sure!" So, off we go to watch Bulls get pounded in seats with a ticket price of $950 each! "I must be in the front row!"

So, my daughter, Emily gets Connor and I $20 Bulls tickets in the nose bleeds. At half time, a guy with a walkie-talkie taps me on the shoulder and asks if we want to sit courtside? “Sure!” So, off we go to watch Bulls get pounded in seats with a ticket price of $950 each! “I must be in the front row!”

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Steve Goodman: A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request


Of course, I had nothing to do with this recording. I just spotted it on YouTube. But, with the winter wind blowing sub-zero across the Mid-West, it seemed like a good time to think of warmer days when pitchers and catchers will report in Arizona and the Cubs will launch into another season. Here’s to you Steve Goodman!

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Cricket a Wicket in Chicago Suburbs


Wicket’s aplenty in suburban Chicago! Globalizations impact is easy to see these days. Bolingbrook, Illinois, is a relatively new, fast growing Chicago suburb of 56 thousand people located southwest of Lake Michigan.

On a recent Sunday, the town played host to a Cricket exhibition between teams representing India and Pakistan. . An estimated crowd of 1,500 fans gathered Indian Chase Meadows Park, to watch a short (five hour) 20/20 match.

Chicago is making a bid for the 2016 Olympics and organizers of this event hope that Cricket becomes an Olympic sport.

The Chicago area is home to a large Indo/Pakistani community. The friendly atmosphere between teams contrasts with heightened political tensions between India and Pakistan itself.

On this day, Pakistan prevailed, tallying 248 runs in the route. At the end, everyone shook hands and went home happy.

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Green Bay Packers Home Movie Footage from 1960′s


My dad, John Floyd Frakes shot this footage in the mid-1960s at Milwaukee County Stadium. If you can identify the other team, we would love to know who it is.

Dad thinks he shot this somewhere between 1965 and 1967. Many Packer greats are clearly visible including Jerry Kramer, Paul Hourning, Willie Wood and others.

Please post a response if you have any insights or comments.

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1958 World Series Braves vs. Yankees


Baseball time is here again! October 8, 1958 the Milwaukee Braves took on the New York Yankees in game six of the World Series. My father (John Floyd Frakes) got his hands on tickets and a press pass. He worked in consumer finance and is not a professional photographer. The footage is from our home 8mm movie camera. It includes Yankees greats Mickey Mantel, White Ford, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer, Elston Howard, Gil McDougal and Manager Casey Stengel. Milwaukee Braves include Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Del Rice, Wes Covington, Del Crandal, Joe Adcock, Manager Fred Haney, Lew Burdette and more.

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