‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’ screens at MIFF

Derrick Rose in 'Pooh'

Derrick Rose in ‘Pooh’

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is proud to present Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story, as part of our First Tuesdays screening series, directed by Scott Diener.

Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history and a celebrated superstar for the Bulls in his hometown of Chicago. Rose’s gritty style on the court was forged by a childhood surrounded by gang violence and poverty in Englewood. His single-minded determination to save his family from a continued life of hardships led him to a win at all costs mentality on and off the court.

Stadium’s documentary, Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story, gives a never before seen look at the meteoric rise of the young Chicago superstar that was suddenly derailed by devastating injuries and unrealistic expectations for a hometown hero.

Rose’s story is one of survival – through violence, poverty and injury – the one time heir to Michael Jordan’s iconic throne has never forgotten where he came from as he continues to search for his own inner peace.

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The evening will open at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception on the top floor of the Landmark Century Cinema space (2828 N. Clark St.), followed by our signature Producers Panel at 6:30. This month’s Producers Panel will feature a conversation with incoming Illinois Film Office lead, Peter Hawley, to discuss his goals and vision in the role.

A Q&A session with the filmmakers will immediately follow the 7:30 p.m. film screening, followed by an afterparty.

Please visit midwestfilm.com for more information and to reserve tickets.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community.