FireWorks for Kids Foundation to hold private screening of upcoming IFC Films/Bristol Bay Productions film 'The Game of their Lives' on April 20 at Marcus Cinemas

CHICAGO - The FireWorks for Kids Foundation -the Chicago Fire's charitable arm-has announced that it will hold a red carpet private screening of the soon-to-be-released motion picture THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES (rated PG) before it opens to the general public. The event will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 20 at the Marcus Cinemas in Addison. The evening will include a wine/cheese and soda reception, a brief presentation featuring Gino Gard, a member of the 1950 U.S. World Cup team, a free bag of popcorn and the screening of the movie. A donation of $20 is requested for the event, with all proceeds benefiting the FireWorks for Kids Foundation.

"We're very excited about hosting this event for all Fire fans and sports fans in general," said FWFK CEO Donald Ortale. "It's such an inspiring film about how a group of players that no one believed in go on to create one of the greatest upsets ever documented. Thanks to IFC Films and Bristol Bay Productions for allowing us to offer this sneak preview to help us continue to raise money for disadvantaged children throughout Chicagoland."

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT followed by a presentation at 7:15 p.m. and the viewing of the film at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Cinemas is located at 1555 W. Lake Street in Addison, IL. Tickets can be purchased in advance only by calling 312-705-7218.

Based on a true story, THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES follows the U.S. World Cup team who passionately proved that even an underdog has what it takes to be a winner. The story is based on the 1950 U.S. soccer team who, against all odds, beat world power England 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in soccer history. Set in the small town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, this story is about family traditions and passions that shaped the lives of the players who made up this team.

Directed by David Anspaugh with screenplay by Angelo Pizzo (the filmmakers responsible for the acclaimed sports dramas HOOSIERS and RUDY), THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES features a talented ensemble cast including Gerard Butler ("The Phantom Of The Opera," "Tomb Raider"), Wes Bentley ("American Beauty," "The Four Feathers"), Gavin Rossdale (lead singer of Bush, "Constantine"), Zachery Bryan ("Home Improvement"), Jimmy Jean-Louis ("The Bourne Identity") John Rhys-Davies ("Lord of The Rings," "The Princess Diaries"), and Patrick Stewart ("X-Men," "Star Trek: The Next Generation") .

IFC Films will release THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES in Los Angeles and select markets on Apr. 22 followed by a national roll-out. For more information on the film or to request an interview, please contact Sarah Beck at HNOW at 312-755-0888.


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