January 29, 2015 3:11 pm
We're excited to announce that two-time Peabody award-winning director Maria Finitzo's new film In the Game is almost complete, and will be hitting festivals in 2015. Ahead of its official world premiere later this year, Maria will be present as Athena Film Festival hosts a special public work-in-progress screening at 3pm on Saturday, February 7th in New York City. This Athena Film Festival Work-in--progress screening is FREE to the public, however a ticket is required for entry. Buy tickets here: Adult | Student. In the Game is a Kartemquin documentary film that follows the ups and downs of an inner city girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. For two years, filming has been ongoing at Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side. Set in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, Kelly is an inner city public school struggling to provide the basics for their students, many of whom do not make it to college, either because they cannot compete academically or because their families do not have the financial resources to send them to college. The film has been backed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities Council, and supporters through Kickstarter, among other funding sources. Now in its fifth year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind. We are still putting the finishes touches on the film and actively planning its community engagement campaign, and looking forward to the feedback the Athena audience will provide in both of these aspects. To find out more, get involved, or donate to the film please visit http://inthegame.kartemquin.com/.