September 25, 2015 4:31 pm
A wonderful surprise happened to the stars of In the Game today, as they appeared alongside their Kelly High School soccer coach Stan Mietus and the film's director Maria Finitzo on WGN Morning News to be interviewed by Dean Richards.
Unbeknownst to any of them in advance, Joe Trost, organizer of the PepsiCo Showdown, interrupted the segment to present Alicia, Maria, and Elizabeth with a check for $3,000 that had been raised to help them with their goal of going back to college. The unsolicited and incredibly generous donation had all of them stunned. Watch the full interview.
In the Game screens tomorrow at the PepsiCo Showdown, and then returns to Kelly High School on October 1 for 2 special homecoming screenings. On October 5th, the film screens at the Harold Washington Library as the kick-off event of One Book One Chicago. The film also screens in its West Coast premiere this weekend at the Hollywood Film Festival, and on October 4th at the Seattle Latino Film Festival. See all upcoming screenings.
Directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo, In the Game follows the ups and downs of a girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education. Set in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side 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 girls face an uneven playing field - or in the case of the girls at Kelly High School, no soccer field at all - little or no support, problems at home, uncertain futures, discrimination, and poverty, but remain undaunted thanks to their teammates and the dedicated mentoring of their coach.