We Believe

by Sunday, March 13th, 2011 1:33pm Part of the At the Movies series

Directed by John Scheinfeld, We Believe: A Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime (2009) celebrates the devotion of the great city of Chicago for its beloved Chicago Cubs. This nostalgic documentary explores the relationship between Chicago, the Cubs and their inexplicably loyal fans. Shot during the failed 2008 Baseball season, We Believe documents the city and team as well as the 100th anniversary of the Cubs’ last World Series win while looking toward the team’s future. The film features cameos by Lou Piniella, Hugh Hefner, Billy Corgan, Ernie Banks, Joe Mantegna, Ron Santo and current as well as former players. It also features politicians, historians and their ever-faithful fans. Scheinfeld gives the world a look into the unique city of Chicago and why its citizens are so passionate about their team.

Directed by John Scheinfeld, We Believe: A Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime (2009) celebrates the devotion of the great city of Chicago for its beloved Chicago Cubs. This nostalgic documentary explores the relationship between Chicago, the Cubs and their inexplicably loyal fans. Shot during the failed 2008 Baseball season, We Believe documents the city and team as well as the 100th anniversary of the Cubs’ last World Series win while looking toward the team’s future. The film features cameos by Lou Piniella, Hugh Heffner, Billy Corgan, Ernie Banks, Joe Mantegna, Ron Santo and current as well as former players. It also features politicians, historians and their ever-faithful fans. Scheinfeld gives the world a look into the unique city of Chicago and why its citizens are so passionate about their team.

Even though there is another team across town…remember them?

We Believe is the first documentary of the Chicago Cubs to be completely sanctioned by the team. It also contains what is believed to be the only known footage of the 1909 Chicago Cubs. Scheinfeld’s opus to his beloved team seemed to contain the perfect ingredients for an awesome documentary. Then the film began…

This promising documentary dissolves quickly into a self-loathing homage to a group of sad sack fans. It celebrates and never questions why there is a culture of losing on as well as off the field. I’m sorry, Cubs fans. Your team isn’t the only team in the history of sports to go through a comically long losing streak. For Scheinfeld though, Cubs fans and the Cubs franchise are that special. They’re deserving of this attention because Cubs fans still root for their team when they lose.

I guess Royals fans don’t?

I’m not saying to dump your team at the first sign of a sweep by the Pirates. What I’m saying is, maybe you shouldn’t go to the ballpark and dump a hundred bucks on beers when the organization isn’t putting a winning team on the field. Maybe if you stayed home and the franchised was forced to face those empty seats, they would invest more in the team.

Sure, I understand that for the past season or so, the franchise was facing bankruptcy and now the team is under new ownership. However, what’s your explanation for the ninety-eight years before that? Or better yet, what’s your explanation for the team’s lack of inactivity during this off-season?

For Scheinfeld, Cubs fans are different because they are generational. What? And Red Sox fans aren’t? Would you like to tell that to my cousins in Lowell, MA? What about those White Sox fans? You know, that other team with a comically long drought that still found a way to win five years ago?

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266118/
Director: John Scheinfeld
Writer: John Scheinfeld
Stars: Lou Piniella, Ron Santo

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