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Floored Hits The Siskel

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on May 2, 2010 6:30PM

2010_05_02_Floored.jpg The stock trading pits of Chicago are filled with volatile money induced chaos where outsiders are restricted. Very few are offered a glimpse into the high roller perspective, but that's exactly what Floored does, a documentary that takes you inside. The trading floors of Chicago have been losing their luster during the transition into the digital age. Alpha males shouting trades with the occasional violent outburst once dominated the floors, but now traders can work from the comfort of their suburban home behind a computer.

The documentary is filled with interviews from current and former traders explaining the rush of the floor and how computers changed that. “I fell in love once I saw the mayhem,” said trader Steve Prosniewski. He left the floor in 2004 for his home computer in Winnetka. Realizing the need to capture history he signed on as the documentary’s producer as well.

Floored will be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center May 2- 6. On May 5 and 6 Director James Allen Smith will appear in person for audience discussion after all screenings.

Post by: Sean Stillmaker