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Chicago-area Native's Debut Feature Set to Play at Music Box Theatre

Chicago-area Native's Debut Feature Set to Play at Music Box Theatre

WDCB’s Gary Zidek catches up with filmmaker Kendall Goldberg to talk about her new movie, WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD.

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“As I grew as a person and was going through changes in my own life, it’s me and Rachel (co-writer Rachel Borgo) projecting our thoughts and feelings into this character (Jeff), of how we feel about change, coping with the rug being pulled out from under you. I am a creature of habit, and I like to do things the way I like to do things, and when things change, it’s an uncomfortable feeling for me.” - filmmaker Kendall Goldberg talking about some of the underlying themes of coping with change in WHEN TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD.

 Filmmaker Kendall Goldberg talking with Jon Heder on set.

Filmmaker Kendall Goldberg talking with Jon Heder on set.

A Chicago-set film is making its hometown premiere. WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD comes from 23-year-old filmmaker Kendall Goldberg.  The movie, which stars Jon Heder, has been making the rounds on the festival circuit. It’ll settle into the Music Box Theatre for a pair of screenings on December 5 & 6.

 Jon Heder in WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD

Jon Heder in WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD

Goldberg co-wrote the script for WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD with friend Rachel Borgo. The plot revolves around the title character, Jeff, a thirty-something computer engineer, who is working as a bowling alley manager. When Jeff learns the alley is on the verge of being sold to developers, he launches a plan to save the business, while also dealing with some family drama and a potential new romance.

 Candi Milo, Brendan Meyer, Jon Heder, Richard Esteras & Steve Berg in WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD.

Candi Milo, Brendan Meyer, Jon Heder, Richard Esteras & Steve Berg in WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD.

Goldberg has spent a portion of this year taking WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD to different stops on the film festival circuit.  But this week’s screenings at the Music Box Theatre represent a  homecoming of sorts for Goldberg. The 23-year-old grew up in the south suburbs and Munster Indiana.

 Jon Heder and Jim O’Heir in WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD

Jon Heder and Jim O’Heir in WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD

WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD will be screened at the Music Box Theatre Wednesday December 5 and Thursday 6.

For more information about the movie go to whenjeffmovie.com for more info.

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