An attempt at a portrait of a generation, The Miseducation of Simon Kraus follows the story of Simon, a recently graduated, talented artist who is forced to move back to his hometown of Melbourne, Florida to find work. Balancing college debt, the recent economic recession, paltry job prospects for recent graduates, and the difficult re-adjustment to his home town, Simon struggles to move forward in his life and decides to apply for an apprenticeship with one of the world's most famous up-and-coming artists, Chen Lusheng. Inevitably, Simon becomes mixed-up with old friends’ self-deprecating habits and new nefarious characters who indulge his dreams of becoming a seminal artist. A love-triangle ensues and Simon clings to the prospect of the apprenticeship in Beijing as his only salvation. Motivated by director Mike Diaz’s personal struggle with the post-9/11 college graduate sense of failure and hopelessness that has proven to be the defining bond of our generation, this film aims to capture American culture on the microcosm, through Simon Kraus' experience on his journey to success.
Why you should watch: You can probably relate, although hopefully not too well.
Saturday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm // <span style="font-size:9.0pt;Times New Roman" ;background:white"="">Chicago Filmmakers' Screening Space - 5243 N. Clark St. in Andersonville // $8 suggested donation
Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 pm // Columbia College Chicago Ferguson Theater – 600 S. Michigan Ave. // $8 Admission & FREE for CCC Faculty, Students, and Staff // Ferguson Theater is wheelchair accessible