In the Game is a Chicago Public Library "One Book One Chicago" Pick

Chicago Public Library has selected In the Game for inclusion in the popular One Book One Chicago program, in a partnership means that thousands of Chicagoans could potentially watch the film this year.

To mark the occasion the Chicago Public Library is hosting a free, public kick-off screening and discussion of Peabody-award-winning documentarian Maria Finitzo's In the Game at Harold Washington Library on Monday, October 5th at 6pm. Panelists for the event will be Terry Mazany, President and chief executive officer for The Chicago Community Trust; Patrick Brosnan, Executive Director at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council; Marty Castro, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR); and Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Education Director for the Latino Policy Forum. The moderator will be Diana Palomar, VP of Community Affairs, ABC7. Get details on how to attend.

The film will then tour several library branches across the city through to the spring of 2016 as part of the One Book One Chicago program, which for more than a decade has helped bring communities together around one central book and theme through diverse programming. From October through April 2016, One Book, One Chicago will explore a central theme – "Chicago: The City That Gives." This year's book is The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja. Initial screenings are confirmed for October and November 2015 in the McKinley Park, Brighton Park, Altgeld, Vodak East Side, Portage Cragin and Archer Heights branches. See a list of 2015 screenings.

The One Book One Chicago kick-off screening follows what also promises to be a memorable and exciting day on October 1 when Thomas Kelly High School, the Brighton Park public school featured in the film, will screen the film twice. The initial 11:00am screening will allow the entire school of nearly 2100 students, staff, parents, and invited guests to see the film for the first time, and will be followed by a panel discussion including filmmaker Maria Finitzo; Coach Stan Mietus (Kelly High School and in the film); Maria Garcia-Jimenez, Alicia Herrera and Elizabeth Moreno (Kelly High School graduates and in the film); Nadia Flores (former College and Career Counselor at Kelly High School); Juan Martinez (College Advisor, Richard J. Daley Community College and in the film); and is moderated by Luis Narvaez (College Access for Special Populations, Office of College and Career Success at CPS).

Then at 6:30pm is a free public screening event titled "Four-year college: A reality or a dream?", with Finitzo joined by Beatriz Ponce de Leon (Executive Director, Generation All) and Elizabeth Moreno, one of the young women featured in the film, for a conversation about access to higher education. The conversation will be moderated by Eddie Arruza (Correspondent and Segment Host for WTTW’s Chicago Tonight). The event is hosted by Illinois Humanities as part of a series of programs about the past, present and future of Latinos in the United States. RSVP here.

Before then, the film will screen to youth soccer players from 96 different Chicago schools at the PepsiCo Showdown tournament - the largest high school soccer tournament in the U.S. - at DePaul University on September 27th.

These high profile Chicago screenings come on the back of the film's successful premiere run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and as the film enters a run of festivals across the USA. Announced upcoming dates include:

  • Sept 12, 12:30pm - Logan Film Festival, Utah
  • Sept 17, 6pm - Dallas Videofest special Hispanic Heritage month screening, Dallas Public Library, Texas
  • Sept 25, 7:45pm & Sept 27 2:45pm - Hollywood Film Festival, Los Angeles, California
  • Sept 27, 9:30am - PepsiCo Showdown soccer tournament screening at DePaul University, Chicago
  • Oct 1, 11am, and 6:30pm - Kelly High School screenings, Chicago
  • Oct 4, 1pm - Seattle Latino Film Festival, Washington
  • Oct 5, 6pm - Harold Washington Library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Oct 12, 6pm - McKinley Park library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Oct 17, 2pm - Brighton Park library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Oct 21- 6pm - Altgeld library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Nov 6, 7:30p - Reel Voices Film Festival, Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Nov 14, 2pm - Vodak-East Side library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Nov 16, 6pm - Portage Cragin library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Nov 21, 2pm - Archer Heights library, Chicago (One Book One Chicago)
  • Dec 8 & 9, 10am - Cinema/Chicago Education Screenings for Chicago Public Schools students, DuSable Museum, Chicago

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View a Univision news profile of the film, and read a wonderful reaction to the film from a Thomas Kelly High School teacher:

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