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A cyclist wearing a gold chain, maroon jersey, and black helmet screams intensly.

Hard Miles

  •   RJ Daniel Hanna
  •   United States

Greg (Matthew Modine) is a beleaguered social worker at a Colorado juvenile correctional center with a passion for bicycle racing and a revelatory idea for rehabilitation: Rounding up an unlikely crew of incarcerated students to complete a transformative 1000-mile ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon. To achieve their goal, this determined coach and his disgruntled teenage squad will battle heat stroke, speed wobbles, mountainous inclines, and most of all each other to come together as a unified team.

Inspired by a true story and filmed amid the majestic landscapes of the Sierra Nevadas, this heartfelt, humor-filled adventure is a feel-good throwback to the coming-of-age sports dramas of the ‘80s and ‘90s, with an inspiring performance by Modine (Oppenheimer) as the devoted teacher who will never give up on his kids.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director RJ Daniel Hanna, co-writer/producer Christian Sander, producer Scott Sanders, and actors Matthew Modine, Jackson Kelly, Zachary T Robbins, and Damien Diaz


Comedy Program Sponsor

Logo: The Second City 329x75

Film Sponsor

logo: SRAM 330x50

Event Information

Sunday, October 22, 2023

  •   108 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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