In Theaters Wed, May 30
A Chance in the World
A Celebration of Hope
Based on the award-winning book, A Chance in the World is the unbelievably true story of Steve Pemberton, a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience and vision.
From the day he is five-years-old and dropped off at his foster home of the next eleven years, Steve (Terrell Ransom Jr.) is mentally and physically tortured by Betty (Kelly Owens/his foster mother), Willie (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs/ her husband) and his foster siblings. Desperate for a sense of family and belonging, Steve searches for his biological parents, but no one in the system can help him. Eventually, through the help of his high-school teacher John Sykes (Tom Sizemore) and his love of literature, Steve finds that family isn’t just a biological function, it’s a choice based in love.
Following the feature content will be a panel discussion broadcast live from the Paley Center in New York City with Steve Pemberton and other adoption advocates.
Run Time: 2 hours
Categories: Performing Arts
Special Fathom Features
Steve Pemberton is a pioneering Corporate Executive, visionary youth advocate, dedicated board member, and best-selling author. A passionate champion for disadvantaged youth, Steve’s mantra is “Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.
Terrell Ransom Jr.
Terrell Ransom Jr.
Terrell Ransom, Jr. is mostly known for his role on Days of Our Lives as Theo Carver. Ransom hadn't even had his fourth birthday when he told his family he wanted to be an actor. He is currently the voice of Darwin Watterson on Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball.
Mark Vadik received his Master’s in Theatre from Northwestern University. He is a seasoned writer, director & producer with numerous credits on both stage, TV and screen. Having directed more than 20 live theatrical productions, A Chance In The World is his 4th feature film as a writer/director.
Tom Sizemore grew up idolizing the tough-guy characters of the movies he watched. His first break came when Oliver Stone cast him in a bit part in Born on the Fourth of July. Bigger roles soon followed, including Heat, Black Hawk Down, and Saving Private Ryan.
Kelly Owens has been nominated for several Chicago awards for her work on the stage including Time Out Chicago’s Performer of the Week for her role as Hester in Suzan Lori Parks’ F***ing A. Her television appearances include The Exorcist, Chicago Med and Empire.
Nicholas Turturro, Jr., is best known for his role as Detective James Martinez on the television series NYPD Blue where he starred as the Detective for the series first seven years. Turturro won a Screen Actors Guild Award for NYPD Blue and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.