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May 11–18, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Tracktown Film still: Tracktown


"An unpolished glimpse into the personal life of a professional runner"
"The film approaches the oft-told sports story with a fresh perspective and the kind of honesty that is normally shunted aside in pursuit of some ideal of athletic perfection"
"A winning, winsome comedy... a sparkling showcase for endearing lead Alexi Pappas"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Tracktown feels utterly authentic and earnest... Pappas is awkward but likable in the lead role, and her gawky charm works well with the film's quirky approach to its story"
  —Los Angeles Times

Plumb Marigold is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where a young man behind the counter catches her eye. Her forced downtime sets her on a path where she can finally see the full picture, one step at a time.

In this story that captures the experience of a young Olympic hopeful, many of the actors are actual Olympic athletes, including co-writer/director and lead actor Alexi Pappas. Tracktown is a semi-autobiographical film about Alexis Pappas, who has achieved somewhat of a cult status in running circles and beyond for her essays and poetry in addition to her skills on the track. She found time between training sessions to co-write, co-direct and star in Tracktown, a coming-of-age pic that also provides a genuine look inside the life and mind of a young woman who also just happens to be an elite athlete.

Directed by Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas, U.S.A., 2016, 87 mins.


  • Thurs., May 11 at 6:30 pm
  • Fri., May 12 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., May 13 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., May 14 at 3:45 & 5:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 15–18 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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