In the Game receives Christopher Award; heads to Morocco with AFS

In the Game, directed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo has been chosen as a recipient of a 2017 Christopher Award in the TV/Cable category at the 68th annual Christopher Awards ceremony! Since 1949, the Christopher Awards have annually saluted media (TV programming, feature films, books for adults and children) that affirm the highest values of the human spirit and reflect the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” The goal of The Christophers is to encourage artists to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence large audiences in a positive way. Continued

In the Game resonates with audiences in Tajikistan

In the Game and Peabody-award winning director Maria Finitzo traveled to Tajikistan with the American Film Showcase this past December 8-17 to screen In the Game. The film was chosen by the U.S. State Department to be one of the 10 films to participate in the program, and In the Game and Finitzo are scheduled to travel to India and Morocco in February and April with the showcase. In the Game screened at six different American Corners, partnerships between the Public Affairs sections of the US Embassies and host institutions that provide access to current and reliable information from and about the US. Continued

In the Game and director Maria Finitzo head to Tajikistan, India and Morocco with the American Film Showcase

In the Game has been chosen by the U.S. State Department to be one of the 10 films to participate in the American Film Showcase (AFS), the United States' premier film diplomacy program. AFS organizes screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 40 countries, in partnership with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts. The film and the film's director, Peabody Award-winner Maria Finitzo, are slated to travel to Tajikistan, India and Morocco in the next six months with the American Film Showcase. The screenings will center around empowering women and girls through sport, as well as encouraging mentorship for girls. Tajikistan Continued

12 Kartemquin Associates make Newcity Film 50 List: Chicago's Screen Gems

Newcity Film has named twelve Kartemquin associates to its Film 50 2016 List: Chicago's Screen Gems. This year, NewCity has devoted its list to honoring artists rather than producers, programmers and all-round facilitators: "It's essential to highlight bold figures who make work year after year, work that surprises or sustains, as well as supernovas who startle suddenly with vision or verbosity or vivid visuals or vital activism, and of course, those fresh-faced but hardly callow, protean people who you can't not watch as they invest themselves in capturing their moment and our moments in this toddlin' town today." –Ray Pride, Newcity Honorees include: Steve James, Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Continued

In the Game to have broadcast premiere on America Reframed on Tuesday, September 27 at 8pm

In the Game, directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo, will have its broadcast premiere on America Reframed Tuesday, September 27 at 8 pm. Check local listings here. The film 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. Continued

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