Chicago native hopes to touch lives with film

October 4, 2010 4:09:42 PM PDT
Filmmaker Carmen Marron grew up in Chicago's Logan Square community. Her award-winning film is being shown at the Chicago International Film Festival.

"Go For It!" will be shown at the AMC River East and Marron is in town for the screening.

"It is about a young woman trying to follow her dreams to be a dancer," said Marron. "Through the journey she deals with a loss and she deals with love and she learns how to become a woman."

This is Marron's first movie.

Marron grew up in Logan Square, attended Lane Tech High School and DePaul University. "Go For it!" was filmed in Logan Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park and Pilsen.

Marron's semi-autobiographical dance tale has scored three audience awards and has been accepted into seven film festivals. She and her husband took years saving $1 million to write, produce and direct "Go for It!"

"Kids will then write me letter and tell me, you know, I was inspired by your movie, and hopefully they know if I can do it, they can do it do,'" said Marron. "It is about trying to reach out and touch as many lives in a positive way while we are on this earth."

As one of ten children of Mexican immigrant parents, Marron never intended to be a filmmaker until she was struck by the lack of positive role models for at-risk students while working as a counselor in Phoenix.

"I am going to write a script and I'm going to create characters and life stories that represents them and their struggles, like the struggles I had when I growing up and hopefully I'm going to give them inspiration and help them find the inner strength to change their lives," she said.

Marron says the movie has opened doors for her and she is now working on other projects.

Go For It! , GoForItMovie.com

The Chicago International Film Festival, chicagofilmfesitval.com

  • Saturday, October 9 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 16 at 9 p.m.
  • AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois St.

    Tickets at box office or (312) 332-FILM


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