The Chicago red carpet screening of Focus Features’ RACE
Actor Stephan James, who stars as Jesse Owens, with Owens’ daughters Gloria Owens Hemphill, Marlene Owens Rankin and many family members attended the Chicago screening of the film RACE (2016) that hits theaters on February 19, 2016. Jesse Owens was a Olympic Gold medal winner at the 1936 Olympics in Germany under Adolf Hitler’s watch and the evil Nazi regime. This is a biographical film and the first feature film about Jesse Owens, an African-American athlete who broke world records in track and field.
The film RACE (2016) tracks the journey of James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens (portrayed by Stephan James of Selma). As a student and athlete in Depression-era America, Jesse bears the weight of family expectations, racial tension at his college Ohio State University, and his own high standards for competition.
At Ohio State University, Jesse finds a savvy coach and stalwart friend in Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). Jesse’s winning ways in intercollegiate competitions earn him a place on the U.S. Olympics team for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin where he enters a new racial and political minefield after he arrives with his fellow athletes.
Owens defined what an athlete can accomplish; Jesse Owens races into history as an inspiration to millions, then and now.
Jesse Owens relocated his family to Chicago in 1946, and who are still involved with the Chicago-based running the Jesse Owens Foundation.
RACE opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 19, 2016
Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON
150 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Photos by Adam Bielawski