Playing for Keeps

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:61 min.
Director:James Redford
Producer:Karen Pritzker
Print Source:KPJR Films
Note Writer:Chris Feil


This film is the MVFF43 Free Member Screening

Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18.


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Despite the often-challenging darkness of our times, from our current political moment to the stressors of career and home, Playing for Keeps looks to discover how we can cope and emerge as our brightest selves. Taking a social and scientific approach, the film holistically explores the positive role that play has in our everyday lives across all ages and demographics. With personal testimony from a diverse range of interviewees (including NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt), the film buoyantly looks at how we create community and connection as a species, and how vital it is that we prevent ourselves from being defined by our anxieties. Most importantly, it looks at how we connect with ourselves to recharge, whether by creative expression, communal engagement, or getting in touch with our surroundings. Maintaining a sense of visual joy and effervescence, Playing for Keeps inspires through its study of the value of re-centering yourself.


Thank you to our Community Partner Children for Change!