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Filmmaker Gives Glimpse of Trading Pits of Chicago

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!

Floored Screening
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.

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