The artists and bartenders and scientists in Ben Steger's documentary Left Field are searching.
They're looking for new definitions for things like family, parenthood, work, success – and they find some of these redefined values together in an unlikely source: the goofy, anarchic, chemically enhanced adult kickball league at Humboldt Park.
Some commentators have dismissed the kickballers as suspended adolescents, as if that's necessarily a bad thing. But thinking we've got the answers is a kind of death, and I think there's a certain nobility in the search.
See my Feb. 26 cover story on Left Field. It screens Sunday at 5:30 PM and Monday at 6 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. $9.