First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

HotDocs 2014 hit The Starfish Throwers
Director Roesler, producer Gilbert in attendance

Chicago, IL – The tenth anniversary season of First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival continues with the uplifting, critically acclaimed HotDocs hit THE STARFISH THROWERS at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  Powerful, direct and heartrending, The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world's most fiercely compassionate individuals struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.  Director Jesse Roesler and Producer Melody Gilbert will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.


  
 

Film Synopsis: Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired school teacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Mr. Law battles personal health issues as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis. This documentary tells tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions.  Official Selection, HotDocs International Documentary Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Nashville Film Festival.


First Tuesday Schedule: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 -- First Tuesday festivities begin with a Pre-Show Cocktail Reception at Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark) at 6 p.m.  The evening's Producers Panel begins at 6:30 p.m. in the theater.  THE STARFISH THROWERS screens promptly at 7:30 p.m.  A post-screening reception will be held immediately following the film program.


  


ABOUT THE MIDWEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

 

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 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.  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. More information can be found on the Festival website: www.MidwestFilm.org.



This film festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, which receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts
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