Cubs Fans Film: Fansspeak

by Mitchell Lieber


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From Boyhood Cubs Fan to Documentarian

I became a Cubs fan as a boy in the 1960’s and went to my first game at Wrigley Field with my dad and brothers. As a young adult in 1984, I produced a radio documentary featuring Cubs fans excitedly describing winning the division. Now, I am completing a documentary film in which fellow Cubs fans tell the story of our 108-year quest for a world championship. $25,800 will complete its "fine cut" (last major version before the tweaked "final cut" of the movie). The stretch goal produces the finished film. Fansspeak(working title) brings my love of the Cubs and long experience conducting person-on-the-street interviews to documentary film, the medium in which I have worked since 2007 (acclaim and grants for this work are described in my profile).

Fansspeak: The Fans Speak

Fansspeak captures the powerful bond between fans, their team and one another by documenting the most extreme baseball fan experience in the world: Cubs fans' 108-year drought. It answers the question, “What do fans go through when they love a team that has not won a world championship for more than a century?”

The documentary explores the fan experience of the “losing years” and of more than a dozen “almost years,” including 1910-45 and especially the more recent 1969, 1984, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2015 years that were so promising but ended in disappointment. The documentary brings many different facets of Cub fandom to the big screen, from the goat curse to fans going crazy to ties that bind generations of fans. Fansspeak concludes with the dramatic event that changed our world, 2016's World Series game seven, leading to the ecstatcy of Cubs fans and the seventh largest gathering of people in the history of the world.

There are and will be many films about love for the Cubs and their ascent to the 2016 world championship, and deservedly so. However, this documentary is different. It swivels cameras around to focus on those who sit in the stands and watch at home. It hands them the sportscasters' microphones to relate the history and the progress of the World Series. Though other films touch on it, Fansspeak is all about the fan experience.

Like me, you may have wondered what it was like to be a Cubs fan at a World Series game in 1908 or 1945. In 70-100 years, your (great) grandchildren may wonder the same thing about today. The big difference is that they'll be able to answer that question by watching Fansspeak.

History of this Film

This documentary was filmed over 10 days during and just after the World Series by a professional crew using six different ultra high definition (UHD) and high definition cameras. As many as five channels of audio were recorded with professional microphones to clearly capture both interviewees and ambient fan and city sounds. Filming was fully funded. We began rough cut editing in November and now are seeking funds to complete it.

Deborah Libby is editing the film's rough cut. She has a M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Northwestern University, decades of experience as a graphic designer and several years experience as a documentary film editor. We have five candidates to transform the rough cut into the finished film who edit long form documentaries for national TV broadcast.

Your Role in Bringing Fansspeak to Completion

You helped bring the Cubs to a World Championship. Now, if you chose, you can help bring the Cubs fans' story, our 108 year quest, to theater screens and DVD, and we expect to TV as well.

Your support helps to raise the $25,800 needed to complete the fine cut edit. It pays editors and related post-production costs that bring the documentary to its nearly final version. If Fansspeak achieves its stretch goal ($74,400), these funds will bring the documentary to completion by supporting the "final cut," sound mix, color correction and development of initial distribution and promotion.

Thank you for your years of rooting for and believing in the Cubbies and, if you choose to do so, for joining us in bringing Fansspeak to the public.


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*** Thank you to Days Inn Chicago (644 W. Diversey) for accomodations.***



Is this tax-deductible?

Yes, it is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Hatchfund is a tax-exempt organization that is a conduit for funding a curated group of well-established artists who have a track record, including filmmakers.

If you achieve your target goal but not your stretch goal, how will you fund completion?

By using the fine cut of the film to sell distribution rights and using those funds for completion, or (plan "B") through a final crowdsourcing campaign. The "fine cut" is the version of the film right before the final version and so will have few or no major changes.

What is Your Estimated Timetable for the Movie and Thank You Gifts?

After funding:

- 30 days: Preview of additional footage for donors only

- 90 days: Fine cut of movie

- 110 days: Completed movie + screening party for cast, crew and largest funders

- 122 days: Streaming screening for all donors at all levels + on-screen dedications, on-screen thank yous and on-screen credits

- 130 days: Engraved Baseball Bats

- 182 days: Collectors Edition DVD/Blu-Ray (before commercial release)

- 190 days: Standard DVD/Blu-Ray (before commercial release)

- 200 days: Project concludes.

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