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Chicago Silver Images Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, the Silver Images Film Festival runs Friday, May 1, through Friday, May 15, at Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; AARP Information Center, 222 N. LaSalle; Atlas Senior Center, 1767 E. 79th; Benchmark of Hoffman Estates, 1515 Barrington, Hoffman Estates; Catholic Health Partners/Saint Joseph Hospital, 2900 N. Lake Shore Dr.; Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware; College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn; Dominican Univ. Fine Arts Bldg., 7900 Division, River Forest; North Shore Senior Center, 7 Happ, Northfield; Northwestern Univ. Library Media Center, 1935 Sheridan, Evanston; Oakton Community College, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie; Roosevelt Univ., 1651 McConnor Pkwy., Schaumburg; Southwest Suburban Center on Aging, 111 W. Harris, La Grange; and Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Screenings at Film Center are $6 ($4 for those over 62); at North Shore Senior Center and Oakton Community College, $3; at Southwest Suburban Center on Aging, $1. All other screenings are free. For more information, call 773-881-6940.


The Dancing Man: Peg Leg Bates

Dave Davidson’s hour-long 1992 documentary about the one-legged tap dancer, showing with two shorter works. (Atlas Senior Center, 9:30 am)

Emperor of the Air

Ali Selim directed this 40-minute film about an aging high school teacher who struggles to save a dying elm tree. Showing with five other shorts from the U.S. (Roosevelt Univ., 10:00 am)

Man With a Plan and The Best Is Yet to Be: The Art of Aging

in America

John O’Brien’s Man With a Plan (1995) is a comic pseudodocumentary about 73-year-old Fred Tuttle, who campaigned for the U.S. Congress. Angie Westengard’s hour-long documentary The Best Is Yet to Be: The Art of Aging in America (1997) interweaves the lives of five seniors. (Roosevelt Univ., 1:00)

James Jackson, Sr., Ojibwe Medicine Man–A Gift to One, a Gift to Many

An hour-long 1994 video documentary, showing with three shorter works. (Truman College, 7:00)


Gregory Kondos–A Passion for the Land

Ray Tatar directed this 1997 documentary about the landscape artist, showing with two shorter works. (Roosevelt Univ., 10:00 am)

Young at Heart

An Oscar-winning 1988 documentary short by Sue Marx and Pamela Conn, about a widow and widower in their 80s who end up getting married. On the same program, Paul F. Ryan’s The List, starring Len Lesser of Seinfeld. (Benchmark of Hoffman Estates, 1:00)

The Journey

A widowed headmaster from India visits his son’s family in the U.S. Director Harish Saluja will attend the screening. (Film Center, 4:00)


The Dancing Man: Peg Leg Bates

See listing under Friday, May 1. On the same program, Terri Myers’s Not a Nickel’s Worth of Doubt, a 1987 documentary about an abstract artist. (Atlas Senior Center, 1:00)

Time on Earth

A Canadian documentary about three retired seniors on the road. On the same program, Young at Heart (see listing under Saturday, May 2). (Film Center, 2:00)


Emperor of the Air

See listing under Friday, May 1. On the same program, three short works from the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. (Northwestern Univ., 9:00 am)

Daughter of the Bride

Terri Randall’s Oscar-nominated short from 1997 documents her mother’s grief and rejuvenation after losing her spouse. On the same program, shorts from Canada and the U.S. (Dominican Univ., 10:00 am)

James Jackson, Sr., Ojibwe Medicine Man–A Gift to One, a Gift to Many

See listing under Friday, May 1. (Truman College, 1:00)


The Spitball Story

Jean Bach, director of the remarkable A Great Day in Harlem, utilizes the same techniques of oral history and thumbnail jazz portraiture to tell the story of why Dizzy Gillespie was fired from the Cab Calloway band and how this transformed his career. This isn’t on the same level as Bach’s earlier film, but it’s still a precious document, especially for its footage of Gillespie shortly before his death. (JR) To be shown with two other short films. (Atlas Senior Center, 10:00 am)

Man With a Plan

See listing for Friday, May 1. (AARP Information Center, noon)

Four Short Videos

A program of short works, including the Oscar-nominated Daughter of the Bride (see listing under Tuesday, May 5) and the Chinese film My Friend (1996). (Chicago Sinai Congregation, 1:00)

Daughter of the Bride

See listing under Tuesday, May 5. (Oakton Community College, 1:00)

The Best Is Yet to Be: The Art of Aging in America

See listing under Friday, May 1. On the same program, Jessica Yu’s Better Late (1996). (College of DuPage, 1:30)


Young at Heart

See listing under Saturday, May 2. On the same program, Flowers for Charlie; Salud! A Living Wall: Portrait of a Community; and Over Here, Over There. (North Shore Senior Center, 1:00)

Three Short Videos

Short films from the U.S.: Flowers for Charlie, Swimming With Thelma, and Mollye and Max. (Southwest Suburban Center on Aging, 1:30)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Time On Earth film still.