Local Teacher To Be Featured In Monopoly Film

Photo courtesy of Kevin Tostado

By Nikki Metzger

(Victor Valley)– The game of Monopoly has been a favorite past time in many homes for years. It can teach many life skills including math, interpersonal relationships, statics, and more.

A new movie takes a close look at the game of Monopoly, its place in our culture, and how it brings people together around the world. “Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story” also features Tim Vandenberg, a sixth grade teacher at Carmel Elementary School in Hesperia and second place winner at the 2009 U.S. Monopoly Championship. Some scenes in the movie were filmed in Vandenberg’s classroom.

Kevin Tostado – Producer and Director of the film said, “I first met Tim at a charity Monopoly tournament. When I learned he was using Monopoly in the classroom it really sparked my interest.”

Tostado continued, “In November of 2008 we had the opportunity to go out to his school and do some filming with Tim and his students. Matt McNally, the 2003 U.S. Monopoly Champion, came out from Las Vegas to give a small talk to the students and challenge them to a game of Monopoly. At that time Tim’s students had been using Monopoly in the classroom for about 6 months.”

Under the Boardwalk focuses on the MONOPOLY national and world championships that are held around the world every four years. “Leading up to the exciting coronation of a new champion at the most recent World Championship in Las Vegas, the filmmakers follow some of the most colorful players in the game,” Tostado writes on his website.

The film takes a look at what has made Monopoly so popular during its 75 years to make it the top selling board game around the world. The film premiered last October at the film festival in Anaheim and it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

“Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story” will be showing on Monday, May 16th, at the Ultrastar Cinema in Apple Valley. Showtimes are 10:30am, 12:40pm, 3:00pm, 5:10pm, and 7:30pm. Producer Craig Bentley, along with Producer and Director Tostado will be there for a Question and Answer session after each screening. Tim Vandenberg will also be on hand to answer questions after the 3 later screenings.

Audience members that attend the film that day will receive a collectible Monopoly token. Tostado explained, “We had one made especially for our film. The only way to get the token is to come see the film in theaters!”

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