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Don't Miss "The Homestretch" at the Siskel Film Center This Week

Kartemquin Films, the same company behind landmark documentaries like "Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters" and "Life Itself," has another film currently playing at the Siskel Film Center, and it's not too late to see it for yourself tonight, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 or tomorrow night, Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Get tickets here.

Synopsis: Three homeless Chicago teenagers seasoned by rejection and life on the streets defy the odds to create a future, finding sympathy and support in surprising places. The filmmakers follow aspiring actor Roque, poet/painter Kasey, and Anthony, a rapper, poet and entrepreneur, into the haunting underworld of children cast off by broken or unfit families and left alone to navigate the perils of poverty and predation. As the three tenaciously fight for an education and eventual independence, the film powerfully explores surrounding issues of race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. A new production from Chicago’s renowned Kartemquin Films, creators of HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS.

From Glenn Kenny's review of the film: "“The Homestretch” invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them. It’s engaging and compelling viewing."

Note: A very small grant to assist in the post production of this film was given by The Ebert Foundation through Good Pitch Chicago, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps in raising funds for  socially impactful films.

The Homestretch (trailer) from spargel productions on Vimeo.

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