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Oh, boy, this should be good:

Los Angeles, CA – March 2, 2010 – Director John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) has inked a DVD distribution deal for the acclaimed documentary film We Believe with New York based distributor Virgil Films & Entertainment. Following the film’s sold-out premiere screenings at the Chicago Theatre last summer, the DVD release is slated for April 13th. Narrated by award-winning actor and Chicago native Gary Sinise, We Believe features a veritable who’s who cast of Chicagoans and explores the extraordinary love affair between the city of Chicago and its baseball team, the Cubs.


You hear that, everybody? The CUBS are Chicago’s baseball team! And not some punk-ass 109-year-old upstarts who just happened to actually accomplish something in the last century!

“We’re delighted to be working with Joe Amodei and his team at Virgil Films. Not only for their experience, but equally important for the passion they bring to the titles they represent. After all, passion is at the very heart of a Cubs fan and so, too, it has to be for everyone involved with our film,” said director Scheinfeld.


You say passion, I say delusion, let’s call the post-season off.

“Chicago has always been my kind of town and this film reminds me why,” said Joe Amodei, President Virgil Films & Entertainment. “It is a love letter not only to the city itself but the people that live there and in particular the always hopeful Cubs fans. This is much more than a documentary about baseball. It is a film about hope, dedication and the never give up attitude we see in the Cubs faithful. It is a look at what’s best in America. Every Cubs fan and Chicagoan must see this film. It’s about them!”


I’m sure every Chicagoan WILL see it, only half of them will be snickering cruelly throughout its 104-minute run time.

We Believe is the first theatrical documentary to be fully authorized by the Cubs and it is unlike any other team-related production. Produced with the complete cooperation of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association, the film features a distinguished array of journalists, authors, cultural commentators and stars from the worlds of film, TV and music, all offering their unique perspectives on America, baseball, the city of Chicago and its people.


At no point will any Cubs fan be asked if their blind support of the team and ritual reluctance to ever hold the ownership responsible for decades of abysmal performance might have something to do with their undisputed possession of the longest streak of futility in the history of organized human endeavor.

Among those interviewed are Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Bob Costas, Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), legendary Blues musician Buddy Guy, Hugh Hefner, Bonnie Hunt, Joe Mantegna, George Will and rare interviews with Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball and Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago.


Oh, I can’t wait for those last two. “Thanks, idiot Cubs fans,” says Selig; “Your dedication to buying merchandise and selling out every game no matter how shitty the team is has helped all of Major League Baseball stay afloat. Every corporation should be blessed with a consumer base so remarkably indifferent to product performance.” Meanwhile, Cardinal George explains that God loves human suffering, and that is why Cubs fans are the most blessed of all.

Cubs officials and team executives committed to participating in the production and provided extraordinary access to players, Wrigley Field and the team’s expansive archive. The result is a compelling and visually striking movie that showcases many neighborhoods within the city of Chicago, seamlessly blended with timeless and beautiful images of legendary Wrigley Field.


Not available in Smell-O-Vision. Catch the DVD bonus features for a special three-hour “Stand In Line For The Bathroom” experience!

We Believe is a love story about Chicago and its baseball team and with every love story there is bound to be some heartbreak. So, without a big, happy Hollywood ending in which the Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908, the creative team rose to the challenge, employing Bruce Springsteen’s anthemic “Land of Hope and Dreams,” to drive the film to a powerful, emotional, inspiring finish. After all, it’s the journey that’s important, not the destination.


Losing: it’s just as good as winning, only easier!

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picodulce
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
1- I need to laminate Ozzie Guillen's comments about the stupidity of Cubs fans.

2- Special joy about buying this yr's baseball prospectus - reading in statistical numbers how many bad ideas the Cubbies have on their roster.

If I had more time I'd dedicate a whole blog to how much the Cubs suck, game by game. But that's more bad baseball than I can bear.
picodulce
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
others beat me too it http://www.cubssuckclub.com/cubs-suck-images/cubs-anal-2010/ (and in many other places)
fengi
Mar. 2nd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
3. Think about how the Cubs are the first major league team to declare bankruptcy in 39 years - not due to a lack of money, but as a strategy to ease the sale of the team. Why is it the Sox have the bad rep?
fengi
Mar. 2nd, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I assume the documentary will include an uplifting interview with Sam Zell.

Plus the tape with Paddy Blagojevich saying "hold up that fucking Cubs shit ... fuck them", which reflects a certain belief in the team's worth.

Mostly, I look forward to I also anticipate the part which explains how the lengthy fight over profits from rooftop bleachers reflects "what’s best in America".
drownedinink
Mar. 2nd, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
“Thanks, idiot Cubs fans,” says Selig; “Your dedication to buying merchandise and selling out every game no matter how shitty the team is has helped all of Major League Baseball stay afloat. Every corporation should be blessed with a consumer base so remarkably indifferent to product performance.”

Now I'm as anti-professional sports as one can be, in which case I shouldn't care to begin with, but given how purely tribalistic loyalty to a sports team can be, do you really think "product performance" makes a difference in the long run? Doesn't every sports team have the potential to be Cubs and every region the potential to be Chicago? (I guess the Washington Natonals are a case in point...).
ludickid
Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I know I can come across as just a bitter Sox fan, but I honestly believe that the Cubs are something unique -- as in uniquely bad, uniquely incompetent, and uniquely rewarded for being so -- in what they are.

You may not be familiar enough with sports to know this, but, see, the Cubs are worse -- exponentially worse, demonstrably worse, quantifiably worse -- than any team not only in the history of baseball, but in the history of professional sports. And just as it takes special circumstances and dedication to be as good as the Yankees, it takes special circumstances and dedication to be as bad as the Cubs. I mean, any team can be the Phillies, but literally no other team is the Cubs. And there are specific reasons for this.

A major part of it is ownership; the Cubs were plagued by truly inept owners for a long time before getting purchased by a huge multimedia conglomerate who operated the team for over 25 years on the theory that as long as the team made money, they didn't give two shits about whether or not the team won anything. Now, shitty, inept, or even openly hostile ownership can happen to any team (look at Jeffrey Loria), and I'd almost feel sorry for them if it weren't for two things: first of all, because the myth of the Cubs has been forced down the throats of America thanks to their decades of ownership by a media giant, they've developed a culture in which they're absurdly perceived as winners when they are in fact world-historical-level losers, and second, because their fans have encouraged and strengthened management's reluctance to run the team competently by embracing, rather than dismissing, the culture of loserhood.

See, with most teams -- for example, my beloved White Sox, who have historically been much better than the Cubs, but who certainly went through decades of failure and a nearly unprecedented championship drought -- the fans of a team may see their team lose a lot and still stay a fan of the team, but they don't REWARD failure. When the team sucks, the fans are vocal about it. They bitch about the way the team is run. They don't buy merchandise. And most of all, they don't keep going to the games day after day, selling out the stadium no matter how shitty the team is.

With the Sox, as with most teams, attendance is very low when the team is bad, and very high when the team is good. This sends a message to management -- and it may take decades to get through, but it's sent just the same -- that the fans will not tolerate losing, and that the owners' financial investment will only succeed if they try to field a competitive team. The Cubs' owners, however, have learned through 50+ years of experience that their fans will fill the ballpark year after year no matter how much the team sucks; so what's their incentive to field good players or hire good management? There's none. If you ran a business that would succeed no matter how badly you did, you'd soon learn to just keep the money you made instead of spending it on a superior product. It's like dealing drugs. The junkies will show up for the product no matter how bad it is because they're hooked.

And because Cub fans have helped create their own misery, they've internalized failure as "cute", and they think that continuing to pay through the nose for a crap team is a sign of loyalty instead of stupidity. Until the fans force their managers to field a good team by finally acting like they care about winning, they'll continue to be unprecedentedly awful.
thegreatjohnzo
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
a cub reply
so i know i'm asking for trouble, antagonizing a sox fan in his lj, but hear me out.

the cubs fans i talk to know and acknowledge that the ownership has made terrible deals for years. we know that the management not wanting to pay for players ruined far too many possible seasons. and most of the people i know don't have that culture of victimhood that the idiot stereotype fans have (which, as with all stereotypes does come from something true, i admit) however, if you tell me that bulldozing wrigley field gets the cubs a championship, i would personally take a wrecking ball to it myself. the large percentage of idiot fans who wouldnt remind me of why i hate people.

so to start with a rebuke of a few of your points: there is no way the cubs are the worst team ever in all professional sports. for example, the royals and pirates the last dozen or so years. yes, the royals and pirates were good in the 80s and 70s, respectively, but now? they seem to be in permanent sell mode, or more accurately sell and lose mode. plus if you want to go by big market teams, the Mets have been constant disappointments since they lost in 2000. yes, all these teams made it to the world series, but really didn't the media flogging the bartman story and the red sox in 2004 and (i will admit very little coverage of) the white sox in 2005 push the cubs to the forefront? management realized that if they wanted serious people to put in a bid for the team, they had to actually try to win games. which becoming the NL version of the yankees will allow you to do.

and how do you see cubs fans perceiving the team as winners? no one i know thinks we'll do better than second. and that's assuming huge years from everyone. if you're blaming this on crappy media members in chicago, i can agree. i remember jay mariotti writing for the sun times. but to equate the tribune's propaganda for casual fans isn't right.

as for why fans keep purchasing merchandise and going to games, i point out that some of that merchandise has to be about rejoicing in the players that were good when you were growing up. dawson, banks, etc. when frank thomas gets into the HOF, don't you think that sales of his jerseys are going to spike? heck, people buy aj pierzysnki jerseys and he deserves to be hit in the face with a crowbar. The game argument is that the media again has made going to wrigley a "chicago experience" which is why that stupid building won't ever be torn down.

and we're not unprecedentedly awful. we won the NL central 2 of the last 3 years and i have to assume when Hendry leaves, we're not going to be giving 20 year contracts to soriano. plus there's some good youngsters in the minor leagues, blah blah blah. if we want to talk shop about why the sox are not going to be good this year, i got all sorts of ammo there too. (and not to come off like a jerk, but) are you not going to support that product either, with Andruw Jones as your DH hitting .222, Juan Pierre getting caught stealing 20 times over the season, Jake Peavy being nowhere near as good as he was in San Diego (just by sheer park effects)? and yes, you could point out the flaws in just about every cubs player, but now we're just spliting hairs. i'm going to a game this season because i like watching baseball and i like watching my team.

as for how your sox have been historically much better, going by baseball reference stats, the cubs have a .514 winning percentage to the sox's .506. More hall of famers, better pitching stats, 10 more total pennants, blah blah blah. Yes, we were around 25 years more than you, but as the only other idea i can think of is average wins per season (us - 76.43, you - 79.07) which really doesnt indicate much better, but that's the stat geek jerk in me. if we continue to look at them, the worst team in the majors would seem to be the Rangers, Padres, or Astros, the ones without WS trophies and hundreds of games under 500.
thegreatjohnzo
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: a cub reply
and your selig argument is kinda wrong, considering he was trying to get a salary cap system in place so his brewers could compete, who were poor and crappy and wouldn't pay for better talent.

as for the video itself? i respect garlin and montegna as actors. the only person i respect to tell me about my team is bill murray. but that's because he's bill murray. this movie sounds like a crappy idea and i really don't want to see it.

so, sorry if i came off like a jerk in this comment, but the intelligent cubs fans think this movie is a crock of crap. unless you're hanging around with idiot cubs fans (and even i hate them, why are you doing that to yourself?) your opinions are a little skewed.

sorry this went long, but i like talking baseball.
krinndnz
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
I didn't know this history, and it helps me understand. Cheers.
thebitterguy
Mar. 8th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I wonder how well it would turn out if you cut and paste "Cubs" with "Maple Leafs".
roseyv
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
You're so cute when you talk about the roundball.
zulkey
Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
I saw that guy at the Interview Show at the Hideout and I couldn't stand him. I know this is the bitter Sox fan in me but he didn't even acknowledge that there is another baseball team in Chicago--just said how "everyone" in Chicago loves the precious Cubbies Shut up.
perich
Mar. 2nd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I would travel down to old Forbes Field / to watch the Buccos play
I love this. I love you.

One thing, though.

“Thanks, idiot Cubs fans,” says Selig; “Your dedication to buying merchandise and selling out every game no matter how shitty the team is has helped all of Major League Baseball stay afloat.

You say this as if the empty seats in PNC Park have been making a difference.
drpaisley
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
The Cubs: Come for the losing, stay for, um . . .

But this sums it all up.
scottvond
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
How about "We Believe, Still"?
They also pretty much stole the title from the similarly-themed Red Sox documentary Still We Believe, the release of which was almost immediately followed by a world championship. So be careful! This could be the Cubs year!

(SPOILER: No, it's not.)
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