Distribution for Finitzo’s doc; to screen at Latino fest

NEW DISTRIBUTOR GRASSHOPPER FILM of LA has picked up VOD, digital and non-traditional rights to Maria Finitzo’s Kartemquin-produced feature doc, “In the Game.”

It follows three Latina members of a girls’ soccer team in Brighton Park’s Kelly High School, revealing the obstacles of problems at home, discrimination and poverty that confront low-income students in their quest for higher education.

The Chicago Latino Film Festival will pay tribute to Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary of social issue filmmaking, with a special presentation of Finitzo’s doc April 19 at the AMC River East theatres.

The international festival, says Finitzo, “is the perfect place for a story of resilient young Latinas who hold fast to their dreams, no matter what.” 

Pepe Vargas, CLFF founder/executive and Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin co-founder and artistic director will introduce “In the Game.”

THE FIRST AWARD for Media Process Group’s feature doc, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” was Best Documentary from the 2016 Boulder International Film Festival on March 6. Co-directors Bob Hercules of MPG and Rita Coburn Whack were there to accept the award.  Next up for “Maya” will be the March 19 screening at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.

DIANE JACKSON, DDB’s chief production officer, has the distinction of being the only Chicago agency executive among the 27 industry leaders, who were appointed members of the 2016 AICP Show Curatorial Committee.

POLITICAL SPOTS have been bombarding the airways.  But the only such locally-produced commercial we’ve heard about is the spot Jerry Vasilatos did for Ald. Bob Fioretti’s Senate run against Patricia Van Pelt in the 5th district. It’s airing on Comcast. 

WOMEN IN FILM CHICAGO’S March 15 Editors’ Roundtable, “Post-Production for Commercials and Advertising: What You Need to Know,” is being hosted by creative editorial Cerise Films’ editor Gail Gilbert and producer Nancy Reid. 

Special guests are editors Kathryn Hemple of Cutters, the 2016 WIF Focus Awards honoree, and Katie Wroble of Optimus.

At Cerise Films, 213 W. Institute Place, 6:30-9 p.m. Free to members, $10, non-members.  To reserve a seat, Email oriana@wifchicago.org.

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