Official Trailer for 'Maybe Next Year' Doc About the Eagles' 2017 Season
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2020
"Did you ever doubt Rocky?!" Wavelength Productions has unveiled an official trailer for a fascinating new sports documentary titled Maybe Next Year, made by Philadelphia native filmmaker Kyle Thrash. This originally premiered at the Philadelphia Film Festival last year, because of course it just had to play there. Maybe Next Year is the story of four superfans' fanatical obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team during their incredible 2017 Super Bowl winning season. The documentary offers an intimate and nuanced view of the NFL's most notorious fanbase and casts a sympathetic light on what it means to be a "fan" of anything. But - this film isn't about the Super Bowl, it's about the religion of fandom. The poster artwork with an eagle-dog on it is awesome, I certainly need to point that out. This whole film looks damn good - definitely not just another sports doc, digging deeper into the love and glory of fandom. Check it out.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Kyle Thrash's doc Maybe Next Year, direct from YouTube:
Maybe Next Year is the story of one of the most incredible football seasons in history as experienced by the fans themselves. Alternately poetic, moving and raucous the film offers a glimpse of long-suffering Eagles fans - on barstools, bleachers, couches - faithfully and sometimes despondently cheering for their favorite team. Interwoven with candid interviews, archival footage and highlights from the Eagle’s superlative season, Maybe Next Year is a snapshot of an overlooked city with a grudge, and ultimately reveals the tight-knit community at its heart as they reach their ultimate goal - a Super Bowl victory. At a time when fans are missing the in-person game experience more than ever, Maybe Next Year is a front row seat to the thrill that all great sports events provide while pulling back the curtain on fans and revealing the quasi-religious roots of their passion. Maybe Next Year is directed by Philadelphia-naitve filmmaker Kyle Thrash, making his first feature film after a few other short films and TV work previously. Wavelength will release Maybe Next Year direct-to-VOD starting November 10th this fall. Visit the film's official website.
Wow, it appears DeNiro's character in "Silver Linings Playbook" wasn't alone in his obsession! Don't care for football much anymore...mainly because of a certain Eagle...but this looks great.
kitano0 on Oct 21, 2020
Working class passion ...
shiboleth on Oct 21, 2020
...lol...let me add an 'American' working class passion. Fans. Word comes from 'fanatic'...and these folks are fanatic to the maximum. I love the game. Not into all the fanatical nonsense surrounding the game. One is able to avoid all of that by recording games on a DVR cable box and fast forward thru the nonsense and just watch the plays. Smart thing to do if you're like me...lol..
thespiritbo on Oct 21, 2020
Strangely, I'm not very much into any sport. I used to play soccer, European football, and had some experience with athtletics, but wasn't much for watching that stuff. Fandom that surrounds those things is just some kind of compensating some social needs that can't be expressed otherwise. I know people like that don't like explanations like mine, but I think that's what I can see in it. As for you, I'm glad you're enjoying it in your own civilized way. I'm much more into philosophical books (beseides films and comics and arts and some tiny interest in computers), to be honest. For some time, they are just a game for me, too. Each one makes me think about the possibility of next one. Yeah, something that others mostly can't relate with. But I'm ok with that ... lol, as you might say ...
shiboleth on Oct 22, 2020
Well, I'm presently reading, re-reading actually, Freud's 'Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. Read it more than several years ago and what is going on here in the U.S. with the 'base' of voters and supporters of Trump I decided to give it another read. Very interesting and very much on the money explaining how groups form and demand illusion and believe what is untrue rather than what is true. It really explains, for me, a lot of the behavior of that 'base' and it's unwavering support of a person who lies and is corrupt and narcissistic and plays the victim. Other than that I'm about to read Jo Nesbo's Knife and another of his Son. Cheers!!
thespiritbo on Oct 22, 2020
Yeah, Freud is always a good read. Modern critics fail to recognize his wish to analyze fragmentation of psyche of modern man as something that is happening and not as something that's intelectually constructed. And yes, as for the mass or group psychology, it's hard to escape the actuality of it these days. Narcissism really is the psychological pestilence of our days, for more than a century, an epidemic on its own, and it will take (and already is) a lot to deal with it. I'm more into reading things regarding history these days, less profane literature in terms of popular taste, an author called Hayden White and his book 'Metahistory'. It's about the authors and processes in 19th century who influenced our sense of history. A bit demanding read, but also gratifying in many aspects while investigatint the figures and tropes of historical thinking and consciousness that have dissolved from 19th to 20th and 21th century in what we think and conceive of history these days (19th century being the time when history departments were mostly founded, first in Europe than in the rest of world). Yeah, we are weird people reading and thinking about such complicated stuff. It's just that we don't care about what others think about it since we're cool, aren't we? Cheers ...
shiboleth on Oct 25, 2020
...lol...yea...history...don't get me started on that whole debacle...meaning how can one believe history...or whatever that is? Who wrote it? What was their agenda? People believe the whole Jesus thing and that was all written down by people with heavy agendas. Everything in history was written by people with agendas. That's a very simplistic way of putting it, I know, but one would have to go on and on to really convey the subject with intelligence and grace. I might have to take a look at this White fellow's book Metahistory. I sounds very interesting to me. Thanks for the heads up.
thespiritbo on Oct 26, 2020
Yeah, simply said, every writing of history has some agenda. Only those historians who acknowledge that are the same ones who are trying to explain why is that not possible to avoid. And again, simply put, they're trying to be fair in what they are doing. In short, that's what H. White is trying to show in this books. Agenda in history, or as he calls it in one of his other book, the content of the form, is very present in informing historical thinking ... If you survive his intellectual prose, you might enjoy it...
shiboleth on Oct 27, 2020
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