Friday, March 19, 2010

Fantasyland - Watch the Documentary Film for Free!

posted by Jon Williams
I wrote about he book Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball when it came out a few years ago. It is a great book and it deserves a place on the bookshelf of any fantasy sports fan. I was given he privilege of watching the film a little earlier than the release and I can tell you that it is very well done. The production is excellent. The progression of the storyline keeps you extremely interested. Will he really try to make a trade while his wife delivers a baby? Will he be divorced at the end of the film? I worry that the non-initiated will get the wrong idea about what the average fantasy sports fan is like. However, I suggest that everyone head over to SnagFilms.com and watch the free movie.

Or just watch it right here...





From the site:
Based on the bestselling book by Sam Walker, Fantasyland, directed by Stephen Palgon, traces a single season in the expert baseball league Tout Wars. But this wasn’t any ordinary season. This season an outsider, a fan, a non expert, would compete against the greatest minds in fantasy baseball including the founder of Tout Wars and one of the icons of the industry Ron Shandler. To compete against the experts, Jed Latkin, a financial analyst from New York is willing to do anything and everything in his quest to win Tout Wars. Jed is more than just a fantasy baseball player, he puts the “fanatic” in fantasy.

In order to beat the experts Jed attempts to play fantasy for real and hits the road to meet, motivate and plead with actual Major League Baseball players to perform well for his squad the Jedi Knights. He presents players like Gary Sheffield, Justin Verlander, Carl Crawford, JJ Putz, Ichiro with team jerseys in hopes of inspiring his players to lead the Jedi Knights to the top of the Tout Wars standings.

Fantasyland is NOT a film about statistics but rather a glimpse into the world of fantasy sports and the personalities, characters and stories that make up this billion dollar industry. It is a journey with Jed Latkin, one of the most wild and crazy, obsessed fantasy sports players you will ever meet.

Fantasyland is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision and Endgame Entertainment.

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