03/24/2004 2:38 PM ET
Red Sox Movie to open in Boston on May 7
Fans to help name film
BOSTON -- A feature film documentary that chronicles the unique relationship between the Boston Red Sox and their fans set against the backdrop of the extraordinary 2003 season will have its theatrical premiere in Boston on May 7th. THINKFilm, the New York-based independent distributor that released last year's Oscar-nominated documentary SPELLBOUND, has acquired the film, which was made by leading sports film production house, Bombo Sports & Entertainment with the cooperation of the Boston Red Sox organization.
Benefiting from unprecedented access to the ballpark, clubhouse, and front office, the film covers last year's journey from spring training to the epic and climactic encounter with the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Containing privileged and extremely candid footage from the perspective of the team, the film also narrates the amazing highs and lows from the point of view of nine representative but vastly different fans.
Producer Bob Potter says, "We've been in such a race to get this ready as a curtain raiser for the 2004 season that we haven't even had time to finalize the movie's title. Since the fans are what this movie is all about, we thought we'd enlist them-- and their highly personal opinions of the Sox-- to help us come up with a name. We want audiences to be part of our movie the way they are a part of this team." Fans who wish to vote for their favorite title from among a selection of titles should go to www.redsox.com starting Wednesday March 24th at 9am until Thursday March 25th at 11am.
"Bombo's team produced an extraordinary film that captures the agony and ecstasy of Red Sox Nation," said Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, the Red Sox's Executive Vice President/Public Affairs. "In addition to seeing through the eyes of the fans, they provide the perspectives of an array of Red Sox personnel-from John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino, to Theo Epstein, our players, and the batboy. We're thrilled that fans can experience this emotional ride in theaters as we begin the 'screenplay' of what we hope is another fascinating adventure." Two-time Emmy Award-winner Paul Doyle, Jr., a partner in Bombo, directed the film and edited it down from over 250 hours of footage.
THINKFilm currently plans a major celebrity invitational Premiere of the film at the Loews Boston Common on April 26th and, following a Boston-only opening on May 7th in at least 15 area theaters, an expansion to nearly 100 screens by May 21 throughout New England. A national release will follow throughout the spring and summer. The company's most recent release, WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF, opens in Boston on April 2nd. Next up is THE AGRONOMIST, a highly acclaimed film about Haiti by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme that opens in NY and LA on April 23rd.
Bombo has made a number of sports-driven documentaries covering such greats as Shaquille O'Neal, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi, among others. Their feature length film, MANCHESTER UNITED: BEYOND THE PROMISED LAND was theatrically released in the U.K. by Mel Gibson's Icon Entertainment International.