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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Thank You For Playing

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"Unimaginably intimate"
  —New Yorker
"Profoundly moving"
"The subject matter is undeniably tragic stuff, but it's the filmmaker's treatment and decision-making that drives Thank You For Playing's emotions in easily the most memorable documentary about video game production ever made"
  —Ars Technica
"By turns touching, funny and sometimes strangely existential"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Make no mistake: This film is a tear-jerker, taking an intimate look at one family's heartbreak and how their art moves people"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Thank You for Playing transforms a father's confession into a revealing work of art"
  —Village Voice

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. Why would someone choose to duplicate their tragedy and then let strangers participate in it? Thank You For Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of "That Dragon, Cancer" as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Thank You For Playing is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.

Directed by David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2015, U.S.A, 80 mins.


  • Saturday, April 16 at 9:15 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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