Chicago Film Festival: Rogers Park

Rogers Park

Depicting two biracial relationships, Rogers Park is one of many Chicago-set films to premiere during the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

Directed by Kyle Henry from a screenplay written by Carlos Treviño, the Chicago-set film stars Antoine McKay, Sara Sevigny, Jonny Mars, and Christine Horn.

Rogers Park is a family affair.  The film follows Zeke (McKay) and his wife, Grace (Sevigny), and Grace’s brother, Chris (Mars), and his partner, Deena (Horn).  Both couples are dealing with a lot of pressure while Grace and Chris have their own family issues that have come back to haunt them.

What the film ultimately seeks to answer is whether or not relationships can survive a midlife crisis.  The casting comes as a result of an interesting process.  They selected four actors as a result of blind casting for a week-long workshop.  Race and gender didn’t matter.  The only things that mattered were whether or not the actors were middle-aged, experienced improvisers, and could reflect the Rogers Park diversity.

Rogers Park will make its world premiere on Thursday, October 19, at 6:15 PM.  An encore screening will take place on Monday, October 23rd, and 3:30 PM.  Director Kyle Henry is expected to be in attendance for both screenings.  For more information on tickets, please click here.

 

 

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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