Fantasyland

Categories: Documentary, Sports
1hr 24min | 2010



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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Topics: Baseball, Team, Athletic, Champion, Compete, Fantasy Baseball, Strategy, Challenge, Goals, Draft, Fans, Agent, Technology, Gary Sheffield, Carl Crawford, Justin Verlander, J.J. Putz
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Morgan Monnet
Morgan Monnet
November 6, 2013
B
Kat Turk
Kat Turk
October 6, 2013
I had no clear idea of what fantasy baseball was about, until seeing this film. The film did a great job explaining it all. Graphics were quite nice. Talk about obsession! Jed's wife is a saint; they do seem perfect for each other - they are both always smiling. I think it was sour grapes/jealousy on Ron's part, not inviting Jed back. Sure, he was intense. But who has the right to set limits on that? Fantasy sports in itself is obsessive. Also, there is nothing wrong with following players rather than teams (a point made by several in the movie) - I have no loyalty to one team, but have a variety of favorite players. These days there are so many trades, anyway. Players like The Core Four will be no more, sad to say. Anyway, great sports flick.
Jeff Douglas
Jeff Douglas
October 15, 2013
Yea, it's a great movie.
Craig
Craig
August 6, 2013
A
Jeff Douglas
Jeff Douglas
August 1, 2013
A-
Mack Shaw
Mack Shaw
July 9, 2013
A+
Harold Brazil
Harold Brazil
June 24, 2013
Love this doc. Has the same strong energy as Moneyball with an even darker tone as this guy would rather be playing fantasy baseball than being their for the delivery of his twins. It also has a really strong, easily-definable hook: will this newcomer/average joe win this competition with the experts? Even though he was quirky, I was very interested in seeing if he would win.