In The Game to US premiere at Chicago's Siskel Center

Kartemquin is thrilled to announce the U.S. premiere of In the Game, a new documentary film by Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Maria Finitzo (5 Girls and Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita).

Through the stories of a Hispanic girls soccer team at Kelly High School in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, In the Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life.

Fresh from its world premiere at the Madrid International Film Festival, where Finitzo was nominated for Best Documentary Director, In the Game opens on Saturday, August 22 at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Maria and those featured in the film will be at the screenings on August 22 and August 23.

In the Game at the Gene Siskel Film Center:

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 at 3p - Kartemquin Films
Monday, August 24 at 6p - Co-presented by Illinois Youth Soccer Association
Tuesday, August 25 at 6p
Thursday, August 27 at 6p

Tickets are available at

Maria Finitzo recently wrote about her experiences making the film for Indiewire's Women in Hollywood blog:
“I made this film, stuck with it through the good times and the bad, because I believe deeply in the endless possibilities that come with the word ‘inclusion,’” said Finitzo, who spent 6 years struggling to raise sufficient funding to bring this story to the screen. “Does the world really care that little about equality for girls and women, and even less so for women who are not rich and not white? In our country who gets to play and who does not is a yardstick by which we measure how close we are to achieving the goals of a democracy – a level playing field for all, or in a word: equality.” Read the full article.

In the Game - Official Trailer (2015 Documentary) from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.

“In life you deal with what’s dealt your way. When you get knocked down, just get up right away. Never give up.” – Stan Mietus • Coach, Kelly High School

IN THE GAME is a Kartemquin documentary film directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, and 5 Girls) that 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.