Through what we assume is black magic, he solves a Rubik's Cube in record time, wowing an employee at Dean Witter and he apparently passes the only test needed to qualify a man to become a stock broker. He toils for months, sleeping in subways and churches with his son at his side, but in the end it all pays off when he claims the one and only opening at Dean Witter, crying tears of joy and getting jiggy wit it in the streets of San Francisco.
In reality ... Gardner did get a chance to show his stuff in the Dean Witter training program (though we're sad to report his acceptance had nothing to do with solving a colorful puzzle game). But, as the more honest book version points out, he apparently wasn't quite the father the film made him out to be.
First, he was so focused on getting a job and earning his first million that, well, he actually didn't even know where the hell his son was for the first four months of the program.
In addition, instead of being arrested just before his big interview due to parking tickets ... well, it seems that Chris was actually arrested after Jackie accused him of domestic violence.
Adulterous sex? Cocaine? Neglecting your child for months at a time? It says something about the man that he didn't drop the pursuit, despite having pretty much found happyness already.
From IW: Interesting. It seems those "small" real-life details are maybe what put dude in his downtrodden position in the first place, not just generic bad luck.
Speaking of Sergio, his "Black Harvest" film festival is coming to Chi-Town, aka Chicago. Here are the details:
14th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video
The Midwest¹s biggest and best celebration of the black experience on film,Black Harvest highlights talent from around the nation and around the world,with a special emphasis on our own Chicago-based filmmakers. An array of special events, personal appearances, and filmmaker discussionskeep this year¹s festival exciting from beginning to end.
Filmcritic/cultural commentator Elvis Mitchell is our special guest on Tuesday, August 5, at 8:15 pm, with an advance screening of HBO¹s THE BLACK LIST,VOL. 1, presenting dramatic insightful portraits of influential African Americans. A special advance screening on Wednesday, August 6, at 6:15 pm,of TROUBLE THE WATER, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, provides a sneakpreview of one of the most acclaimed documentaries from the 2008 SundanceFilm Festival. The festival panel discussion "How to Get a Movie Made," on Saturday,August 9, is a valuable free workshop for filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers.
Five Black Harvest directors provide detailed advice on how toget your production off the ground. New this year, we feature a freevendors market in our gallery/café from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, providing information and demonstrations of production equipment. In recent years, Chicago has become a notable center for black independent filmmaking. This thriving scene includes producers, directors, writers, and many actors. We are pleased to present a stellar crop of newly completed features and shorts by local directors, several of whom have presented work in Black Harvest in the past.
There is tons and tons more happening and screening. For more info: Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60601 phone 312 846 2075 fax 312 332 5859 email email@example.com Visit our website at: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/