The Blue Revolution is Coming! The Blue Revolution is Coming!
As Los Angeles Dodgers fans attempt to take back their team, Juan Diego Ramirez creates a documentary
"I've been a Dodger fan as far back as I can remember. My first vivid memory of the Dodgers was from the 1985 NLCS, when Jack Clark hit that home run to beat the Dodgers in the playoffs. I still hate Jack Clark to this day, " says Juan Diego Ramirez, the director of the new documentary film, "Blue Revolution".
Published on LatinoLA: October 19, 2011
"Blue Revolution" is about a small group of Los Angeles Dodger fans that banded together in an effort to remove Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers. Ramirez has documented the fan's efforts, as they express their displeasure with Frank McCourt. In the film, there are scenes of protests, discussions of boycotts and interviews with various Dodger fans. What is evident from the film, is the fans passion and love for their beloved team and hatred for the team's current owner.
"Look something had to be done. There were too many Dodger fans that were upset about what Frank McCourt was doing to the team and it seemed like Major League Baseball was in no rush to do something about it. When he dragged the Dodgers into bankruptcy that was the final straw. The fans were pissed and something needed to be done. That's when, Roger, organized the protest," says Ramirez.
The Roger that Ramirez is referring too is Roger Arrieta.
"Roger, has this website called, Mark Cuban Save the Dodgers, and through the website he organized the two protests that took place outside of Dodger Stadium this year," says Ramirez.
On July 9, 2011 and August 27, 2011 a group of Dodger fans protested Frank McCourt's ownership of the team outside Dodger Stadium. So, Ramirez, began documenting the events.
"Something was happening. I went down to the corner of Elysian Park and Sunset, not knowing what to expect. Then I saw all these Dodger fans, with their signs and there was this guy on the bullhorn, who was great, leading the crowd in a chant of McCourt must go!, McCourt must go! At first, I started videotaping because I wanted to have a video that would serve as a time capsule. In all my years of being a Dodger fan, I had never seen a group of Dodger fans protest ownership. Then I started realizing there was a story here," says Ramirez.
Not only was Ramirez behind the camera, but he's part of the story as well. Being a lifetime Dodger fan he wrote letters to Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, requesting that Frank McCourt be removed as owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Selig, is doing what he has to do, but that doesn't mean the fans can't do their part either. I know there are some Dodger fans who don't agree with the protests and the boycott. That's fine, that's their opinion, but it's not going to stop us from doing what we feel needs to be done. We are protesting Frank McCourt's financial abuse of the team," says Ramirez.
Ramirez has referred to his film as a Valentine to the Dodger fans. The films is told from the fans perspective by a fan.
"The film was born out of frustration and this sense of helplessness. I kept hearing these stories about what Frank McCourt was doing with the team's money and I just kept saying to myself, who's going to put a stop to this? So when I heard about the protest, I borrowed my friend's camera and just started shooting. I had a vision of what I wanted the film to be when I started filming, but it was until I started editing, that I figured out how to tell that story. Whether you're a Dodger fan or not, if you're just a fan in general, I think you'll be able to relate to the film. "Blue Revolution" is about what it means to be a fan, " says Ramirez.
"Blue Revolution" has just begun it's film festival run and Ramirez is hoping that he will be able to find a venue were the film will be screened and Dodger fans can come together and discuss the film.
"If Frank McCourt wants to see the film, I would love to show it to him. I'll show it to anybody. As a matter of fact I'm sending a copy to Larry King and Frank Sinatra's family. I know they're Dodger fans and they aren't happy about the McCourt situation. Who knows they might help me get the film out there," says Ramirez.
Even though baseball season is coming to an end and Frank McCourt continues to spend the majority of his time in the courts, one thing is clear, the "Blue Revolution" is coming and this grass roots movement is gaining momentum.
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