March 2nd, 2010

out at home

Just what this team needs: more mawkish self-congratulation

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!