I invite you to join me for the official Rogers Park screening of the critically acclaimed film Rogers Park, a movie filmed almost entirely in Rogers Park and whose director, writer and lead actors are all Rogers Park residents. I’ve partnered with the New 400 Theaters and the film’s director to offer this special screening.
The screening will take place this Thursday, March 1st, 7:00 p.m., at the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan. Following the screening, director Kyle Henry, screenwriter Carlos Trevino and lead actress Sara Sevigny, all Rogers Park residents, will discuss the film and take your questions.
I first viewed this movie last October at the Chicago International Film Festival and was blown away at how well it captured the beauty and feel of our neighborhood.
The film is not about the Rogers Park community per se–instead, it focuses on two middle-aged couples facing personal crises, as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface–but our neighborhood provides an ever-present backdrop throughout all four seasons of the year. The film portrays perfectly the milieu and spirit of our community in a way that only Rogers Park residents can fully understand and appreciate. Kudos to the director, the writer and the actors.
You’ll see a lot of familiar scenes in the movie. My personal favorite portrays one of the characters, an assistant to the local alderman, encouraging people to vote in the participatory budgeting election :-).
The film is getting great reviews, currently 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s what some of the critics are saying:
“Rogers Park is poetic and lovely and muscular and unforgiving at the same time, much like the area itself and the city as a whole.” —Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times (3 1/2 stars), read the full review here.
“It is a testament to the filmmakers and their superb cast that this story arc doesn’t come across as mere trickery.”—Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com (3 1/2 stars), read the full review here.
“A fine script boasting confident direction that gets terrific mileage out of its diverse ensemble of independent actors, all while set against a Chicago backdrop, make Rogers Park worth checking out and pondering over after the credits roll.”—Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth (3 stars), read the full review here.
“The sympathetic performances, understated direction, and thematic emphasis on lower-middle-class unhappiness all reminded me of British filmmaker Mike Leigh.”—Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, read the full review here.
“Taking advantage of blind casting, Rogers Park is a family affair that puts the spotlight on the Chicago neighborhood of the same name.” Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies, read the full review here.
The Reader’s Ben Sachs recently published an interview with the film’s director. I urge you to give it a read.
I hope you can join me for an evening of great cinema and a celebration of our amazing neighborhood!