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Film celebrating '08 Dodgers premieres

Film celebrating '08 Dodgers premieres

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The 2008 season was a special one for the Dodgers.

The franchise celebrated the 50th anniversary of its move to Los Angeles, advanced to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 20 years and of course enjoyed the arrival of Manny Ramirez, who created "Mannywood" in Los Angeles.

All of these special events are celebrated in the new film "Bluetopia: The LA Dodgers Movie," which was shown for the first time at a "blue" carpet premiere at the Pacific Design Center's SilverScreen Theater.

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"It's a 50th anniversary celebration picture," said the documentary's producer and director, Timothy Marx. "The theme was the fans. There's an extraordinary diversity of fans all across the Los Angeles area that come together like no place else in the world. It really is like a united nations of people from all walks of life."

The documentary was a huge hit for the fans, members of the Dodgers' front office and the current and former Dodgers at the showing, such as Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, James Loney and Chad Billingsley.

"It was a great movie," Kershaw said. "They did a really great job. They pretty much had the whole season. I really liked it a lot."

Kershaw's first start in the Majors was one of the documentary's chapters, as it covered key moments during the 2008 season as well as fan interactions while watching the team.

The fans are the centerpiece of the documentary, which focuses on subjects such as a father and son who arrive first for every game, a tattoo artist who owns a parlor named "True Blue," a former gang member who finds hope along with others by attending games, a group of four women who attend every game and a husband with a wife who is battling cancer.

"Our fans are passionate," Loney said. "We definitely get that support during the game."

Marx, however, said one of his favorite fans was a child named Mateo who was filmed attending his first game at Dodger Stadium. Marx said it was a special scene because Dodger Stadium means so much to fans, and they never forget their first game.

"The Stadium has a certain aura," Marx said. "You can't find any place like it. The way it sits in that bowl with the city and the San Gabriel Mountains behind it -- it's incredible and it really has curative powers."

And while the fans are the ones who are captured following the team, it's the players who make the story go. The team's rise to the playoffs is chronicled, along with the peaks and valleys like a crucial eight-game losing streak and the club's three-game sweep of the Cubs in the NL Division Series.

The players were filmed all season by a crew of cameramen, which gives a behind-the-scenes look to the season.

"They were just everywhere," Billingsley said. "They had a couple guys covering us around the dugout and just about everywhere during the season."

The event itself was also a success, as many of the film's main characters attended the premiere and walked across the blue carpet en route to the theater.

"It's really cool," Kemp said as he arrived on the blue carpet. "There's a great turnout here, and hopefully it's something we can do again."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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