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58 THE COURIER SUN • JULY 3, 2014 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.couriersun.com sports CAPTURING A CHAMPIONSHIP Fan filming 1986 World Series Mets movie, running Kickstarter campaign It’s been nearly three decades since the Mets won a World Series championship. So why not make a movie? A movie on the 1986 World Series Mets team is long overdue, according to longtime fan and fi lmmaker Heather Quinlan. That’s why she’s begun working on the project, hoping to have the documentary of the legendary team completed by fall of 2015 in time for the 30th anniversary the following year. Quinlan, who has already spoken to key members of the team including Darryl Strawberry, Lenny “Nails” Dykstra and Dwight “Doc” Gooden, as well as people from the era such as former mayor Rudy Giuliani, is pitching it as the movie “every Mets fan on Earth wants,” although the organization isn’t as thrilled about the 1986 team. “The organization doesn’t celebrate that team,” she said. “As a fan, I don’t understand why. One of the reasons why I wanted to do this documentary is to show the Mets and MLB that this is a team that the fans still love.” “’86 Mets: Lords of Flushing,” as the fi lm is called on its trailer, has already collected more than $2,500 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Quinlan hopes to collect $50,000 to fund travel, editing and production and rights to certain footage. Quinlan grew up a Mets fan in Staten Island and was just 12 years old when the 1986 team won the franchise’s second World Series championship. But she believes it resonated with her more because she wasn’t an adult. “When it happens to you when you’re a kid it’s like the greatest thing in the world,” she said. Her hope is not only to tell the story of how the team won its second crown, but also catch up on players’ lives today and compare the game in the 80s to the modern game. For example, the audience will learn about Strawberry’s life as a pastor, Dykstra as a convicted felon, and even personal notes such as “Bill Buckner saying he would call Mookie Wilson if he didn’t see him for a while because he really missed him,” she said. During the era comparison portion of the fi lm, fans can expect to see how baseball itself has evolved, which Quinlan believes has changed the focus away from the game. “Baseball has changed tremendously since ‘86,” she said. “What I don’t love is now the spectacle that’s being made of the game. Let’s get back to the game.” BY LIAM LA GUERRE lguerre@queenscourier.com @liamlaguerre Photo courtesy Heather Quinlan Filmmaker and Mets fan Heather Quinlan, right, is making a documentary based on the 1986 world champion Mets team to commemorate the upcoming 30th anniversary. Mets catcher Gary Carter, above and left, celebrates. Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Misha Erwitt/NY Daily News Outfi elder Howard Johnson of the 1986 team.


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