THINKFilm Picks Up Red Sox Doc, Following Team & Fans For 2003 Season
by Wendy Mitchell
THINKFilm has acquired “The Boston Red Sox Movie,” a feature-length film about the team and its fans shot during the 2003 season. THINKFilm will open it theatrically in Boston on May 7 in at least 15 area theaters. The company also plans a roll out to at least 100 screens in New England by May 21, followed by a national release. Sports production company Bombo Sports & Entertainment, producers of the U.K. theatrical release “Manchester United: Beyond the Promised Land,” made the film with the cooperation of the Boston Red Sox organization. Emmy Award-winner Paul Doyle, Jr., a partner in Bombo, directed the film using more than 250 hours of footage.
The film, according to THINKFilm, includes “unprecedented access to the ballpark, clubhouse, and front office” of the Sox. The doc chronicles the team’s, and nine wildly different fans’, journey from spring training to their close call with the World Series after a nail-biting loss to the New York Yankees in the American League playoffs.
The title of “The Boston Red Sox Movie,” although it cuts to the chase, won’t serve as the film’s final moniker. The producers are asking fans to submit votes for their favorite title from a selection of available titles that will be online at www.redsox.com on Wednesday and Thursday. “We want audiences to be part of our movie the way they are a part of this team,” said producer Bob Potter in a statement.
Jeff Sackman, THINKFilm president and CEO, who negotiated the deal with Potter, said, “Though I’ve been a lifelong sports fan, I’ve never seen such an intense involvement between players and viewers and between a team — anywhere, of any sort — and its fans. This movie captures the love affair, which the Red Sox refer to as ’85 years without a ring and still happily married,’ and with warmth, humor, and drama. This company is going to have a terrific time sharing this film with audiences.”
THINKFilm, which released the Oscar-nominated doc “Spellbound,” has other docs in its forthcoming slate: Jonathan Demme‘s “The Agronomist,” which opens in New York and L.A. on April 23, and “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” which opens June 4 in New York. Other current titles include “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” and the forthcoming “Bright Young Things.”