The Chicago Board of Trade and The Mercantile Exchange are more than just venerable institutions where small fortunes are won and lost on a daily basis. They're spectacles, full of larger than life characters. Filmmaker James Allen Smith captures them up close and personal in his film Floored.
The documentary is a rare look at life in the pits and how a young upstart – technology – is changing things. Smith knows it well. He was a web designer for a number of trading companies. One day, he was called down to the Merc by one of his clients. What he thought would be a routine visit turned out to be his first time on the floor. He says it was a shocker! Event:
Friday, January 15-Thursday, January 21 Gene Siskel Film Center
Director James Allen Smith and producers Joe Gibbons and Steve Prosniewski will be present for audience discussion on Friday at 6 p.m. *Please note that this screening is now sold out.
Smith will also appear at the Friday-8:30 p.m., Saturday 8:15 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m., and Monday 7:45 p.m. screenings. Smith is tentatively scheduled to appear at the Saturday 3:15 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 3:15 p.m.; and Monday 6 p.m.screenings.