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documentary film “Hoop Dreams” followed Chicago
prep basketball players William Gates and Arthur Agee for five years. Now
imagine a documentary film that follows one die-hard fan and his favorite team
over the course of nearly three decades.This is Boys of Spring- The Movie!
Nearly 30 years ago, Chicago Cubs fan, Tim Sheridan lucked
into “the best job in the world” as the Cubs spring training P.A. announcer,
and he immediately began documenting the exploits of his “Cubbies.” With one of
the best seats in the house, Tim has captured the changing face of the Cubs
from Ryne Sandberg all the way to Starlin Castro, and everything in between.
He’s videotaped, photographed, and filled journals with what he’s heard and
seen. And knowing there’s more to a team than the games they play, he also
began interviewing those around him.
During the course of a baseball game, radio and TV
announcers chatter away, painting a picture with descriptions, anecdotes, and
statistics about what’s happening on the diamond. However one announcer is
often silent during a game, that is until a batter comes to the plate. The
prospective hitter is announced to fans over the stadium sound system and then
the mic goes silent again. This is down time for Tim, but as the game
continues, he watches and listens. He observes not just the game on the field,
but also the fans, the vendors, the other announcers, the writers in the press
box, and the unique atmosphere that is America’s favorite pastime. Now after nearly
three decades of watching, listening, and documenting, the one announcer who
says the least is finally telling the story of what he has seen and experienced
on his journey with the iconic, hard-luck, Chicago Cubs. His story is Boys of Spring - The Movie!
The Boys of Spring documentary is full
of behind the scenes, never-before-seen footage shot by Tim himself as he
worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo. Utilizing the
latest graphics and effects, Boys of Spring delivers a compelling
and innovative first person narrative that is fresh and hip, setting it apart
from the usual sports documentaries. Incorporating his own video, still
photographs and old movie film, Tim’s filmmaking style has been described as a
cross between Ken Burns and the Coen Brothers. Tim’s combined knowledge and passion
for the Cubs has resonated with fans over the years as the Cubs “Voice of
Spring,” and he has his own following on the website boysofspring.com – all of
which make him uniquely qualified to present this one-of-a-kind film.
The Boys of Spring documentary film
follows Tim and his Cubs on a nearly 30 year journey as both he and the Cubs
attempt to reach their ultimate dreams. Boys of Spring isn’t about a team
winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. It’s an examination of life on
its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness
and success. Tim’s experience with the
Cubs is a story he always knew he’d one day tell -- and that day is now.
But we need your help to do it. By backing this project you
will not only help Tim achieve his vision to tell this one-of-a-kind story
that’s been in the making for almost three decades, you will also be a part of
the Cubs legacy and history.
Take a look at what you will receive for helping us create Boys
of Spring – The Movie and donate now!
Current Status - Your Help Needed
Our movie has been written and filmed over the course of many years including travel and location shooting. We have filmed and completed extensive interviews, all over the country. We are rounding third and headed for home but standing in our way are the costs associated with editing, post production, music, graphics and animation, along with licensing fees.
So far we have done everything ourselves on this project including producing, directing, cinematography, screenplay writing, and website design. None of the donations pledged will go to reimbursement or salaries of any kind.
Funds will go towards:
Sound design, edit and mix
Graphic effects and animation
Editing and Color Correction
Editing facility rental
Recording studio rental
Film clip licensing
Stock footage licensing
Still photo licensing
DVD Mastering and Replication
The DVD Package
The Boys of Spring DVD hard copy package consists of 2
discs: the 90 minute documentary film and a second disc with many extras
including extended interviews, alternate and deleted scenes, and bonus never
before seen Cubs footage. The package also includes one of six collectable Cubs
The Limited Edition DVD Package
The “Limited Edition” Boys of Spring Collectors
Package. The “Limited Edition” is a numbered and signed Boys of Spring DVD
package consisting of 2 discs; the 90 minute documentary film and a second disc
with many extras including extended Cubs interviews, alternate and deleted scenes
plus bonus never before seen Cubs footage.
Includes all SIX (6) in the
series of collectible Cubs postcards.
Includes a numbered and
autographed photo of Harry Caray and Tim together holding the 7th Inning
stretch microphone. In case you were wondering the autograph will be Tim’s not
The Release Plans
Our plan is to screen Boys of Spring - The Movie at Cubs Convention, January 2012 as well as limited special event screenings in Illinois and Arizona. This will be followed by the release of the digital download and DVD package. Boys of Spring is bypassing theatrical release, in order to save on the large expense associated with a big screen release. Our goal is to get this story out to enjoy on DVD to as many people as possible.
One of the most critical elements in any film or documentary
is the music; it can also be expensive. We are dedicated to bringing a dynamic
musical score to the Boys of Spring documentary. Tim believes the artistry of
music can convey as much emotion and inspiration as the visual elements and he’s
looking for like minded artists to collaborate.
Are you a talented musician or have a group who also happen
to be Cubs or baseball fans? Then we want to hear from you! We are looking for
talent from Arizona and Illinois preferably, but if you’re a Cubs
fan it really doesn’t matter where you live.
We have several original songs that have been composed for the film but are also looking for different sounds and styles of music to integrate into the score. So, if you believe in your talents or have a
completed song about the Cubs that you think will add to our unique film please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Help Spread the Word!
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Who Was That in the Kickstarter Video?
Portions of interviews featured in our Kickstarter video (in order of appearance) are: former Cub and current WGN radio announcer Keith Moreland, former Cub Randy Hundley, Author Jim Vitti, former WGN Cubs radio play-by-play man Vince Lloyd, Cubs legend Ron Santo, Hall of Fame Cub Fergie Jenkins, Cubs TV play-by-play man Len Kasper, Current Cub Second Baseman Darwin Barney, Hall of Fame Cub Billy Williams, ESPN's Chris Berman, Hall of Fame Cub Ryne Sandberg. These are just short clips from some of our extensive filmed interviews.