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Friday, June 19, 2020
Last Minute Father's Day Gift Idea: WORKING MAN // Starring Peter Gerety, Talia Shire, Billy Brown // On VOD & DVD
**A screening link and advanced copies are available for review.** Filmmaker Robert Jury and select cast (Gerety, Shire, Brown and others) are available for interviews.
Praise for WORKING MAN
"Poignant and pertinent...that we have [Working Man] right now is particularly heartening and important.”
—Pete Hammond, Deadline
"Quietly magnificent and deeply resonant...Gerety delivers a performance that is simply great."
—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
"An impressive debut...the kind of movie that used to
be common but that has largely vanished in the United States, along with
the world it portrays."
—Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"An introspective portrait...the simple familiarity of the visuals strikes an honest note.”
—Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
"Working Man is a confident expression of moving on, opening up, and learning to live again."
-Robert Daniels, 812 Film Reviews
ABOUT THE FILM When the last factory in a small Rust Belt
town closes its doors, an unlikely hero emerges in dutiful, quiet
Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety). A career employee of the factory, the
aging Allery can’t reconcile how to live a life simply sitting at home
doing nothing, and against the advice and pleas of his loving wife, Iola
(Talia Shire), he forms an unlikely friendship with his charismatic
neighbor, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown), in order to revive the defunct
factory. As their community rallies around them – and as their former
corporate bosses strategize how to implode this unexpected movement –
Allery learns that he might be something he never thought possible: a
Filmed in Chicago in 20 days (plus one day in Joliet), locations in the
film include Makray Manufacturing in Norridge; Ed's Way Food Mart in
Forest Park; and Las Palmas Restaurant in Wicker Park. The film's
ensemble cast is populated entirely by Chicago talent, including Bea
Cordelia ("The T"), Patrese McClain (Widows), Kristen Fitzgerald (the upcoming Killing Eleanor and Artistic Director at A Red Orchid Theatre) and J. Salome Martinez (The Messenger, Goodman's A Christmas Carol).
Written and Directed by Robert Jury Starring Peter Gerety, Talia Shire, Billy Brown Produced by Clark Peterson, Robert Jury, Maya Emelle and Lovell Holder Executive Produced by Katherine Eslao, Tim Ranzetta, Lee V. Stiff and Morgan R. Stiff Edited by Morgan Halsey