Chicago Silver Images Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, the Silver Images Film Festival continues Friday, May 8, through Friday, May 15, at Copernicus Senior Center, 3160 N. Milwaukee; District 214 Community Education, 2121 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; LaSalle Theatre, 4901 W. Irving Park; Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center, 5050 W. Church, Skokie; Saint Xavier Univ., 3700 W. 103rd; Saint Anthony Hospital, 2875 W. 19th; Don Nash Community Park, 1833 E. 71st; and Catholic Health Partners/Columbus Hospital, 3520 N. Lakeview. Screenings at Saint Xavier are $3; at Mayer Kaplan, $4; at Facets, $3 to $5; at LaSalle Theatre, $5 (includes admission to the LaSalle Classic Films series at 8:00, featuring The Snows of Kilimanjaro); all other screenings are free. For more information call 773-881-6940.


Loners on Wheels

A 1997 documentary about a community of senior citizens who go traveling and camping across the American west. Director Susan Morosoli and Duchess Grubb, the 87-year-old leader of the community, will attend the screening. (Copernicus Senior Center, 10:00 am)

Four Shorts

Four short works from the U.S.: Mollye and Max, My Mother Couldn’t Cook, George Morrison Reflections, and Life is a Dance: The Inspiration of Eva Desca Garnet. (District 214 Community Education, 10:00 am)


Three Video Documentaries

Eleven lesbians from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, age 50 and older, speak about their lives in Voicing the Legacy (1996); lesbian themes are also explored in two Canadian videos, Mum’s the World (Maman et Eve) (1996) and a recent documentary about Canadian folksinger and musician Penny Lang. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:00)

Dear Babe

A 1995 documentary feature about one young soldier’s experience of World War II as told through the nearly 500 letters he wrote to his wife. (LaSalle Theatre, 5:00)


Salut, Victor!

Anne Claire Poirier’s 1989 Canadian feature about the friendship that grows between two older gay men in a nursing home. On the same program, The Spitball Story (1997): 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 previous film, but it’s still a precious document, especially for its footage of Gillespie shortly before his death. (JR) (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:00)


Five Shorts

Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (1997); Full Cycle (1994); Young at Heart (1988); Salud! A Living Wall: Portrait of a Community (1998); and the 1992 Canadian short The Bath. (Chicago Cultural Center, 12:15)

Three Shorts

From the U.S., Make Room for Mario (1995) and Mario Sanchez: Painter of Memories (1979); from Mexico, The Music Tree (1994). (Copernicus Senior Center, 1:00)

The List

Len Lesser of Seinfeld stars in this 40-minute comic narrative directed by Paul F. Ryan, showing with Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (1997) and Bubbeh Lee and Me (1996). (Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center, 1:00)

Spider and Rose

A 1994 feature by Australian filmmaker Bill Bennett (Kiss or Kill). On his last day of work a young ambulance driver is assigned to take a 70-year-old woman on a six-hour drive to her birthday party. With Simon Bossell and Ruth Cracknell; on the same program, three short works from the U.S. and Canada. (Saint Xavier Univ., 7:00)


Riding the Rails

Michael Ulys and Lexy Lovell’s 1996 documentary tells the story of teenagers who rode freight trains during the Depression. On the same program, Bill Bennett’s 1994 Australian feature Spider and Rose (see listing under Monday, May 11) and four short works from the U.S. and Canada. (Saint Xavier Univ., 5:00)


Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

Deborah Hoffman’s personal documentary (1995) is an acute, intelligent, practical, touching, beautifully precise, and at times even comic record of how she copes with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. Using video and audio recordings of her interactions with her mother, and some on-camera statements of her own, Hoffman charts in haunting detail the consequences of memory loss, not only for her mother but for herself as she adjusts to the situation. Full of wisdom and insight about its subject, this 44-minute essay film is far from depressing. (JR) On the same program, The List (see listing under Monday, May 11) and Make Room for Mario (1995). (Saint Anthony Hospital, 8:00 am)

Six Shorts

Granpa (1985) from Great Britain, My Friend (1996) from China, and, from the U.S., Ashes (1997), Sunshine (1997), Emperor of the Air (1997), and Mother’s Keeper (1997). (Saint Xavier Univ., 10:00 am, 2:00, and 6:00)


Not a Nickel’s Worth of Doubt

Terri Myers directed this hour-long 1997 documentary about Reginald Anderson, an aspiring abstract artist who was an unskilled laborer for almost three decades before returning to his art. On the same program, a short documentary about musician Willie Metcalf. (Don Nash Community Park, 11:00 am)

You Won’t Need Running Shoes, Darling

Documentary filmmaker Dorothy Todd Henaut follows her retired parents over two years to create this hour-long 1996 film. On the same program, Swimming With Thelma (1997). (Catholic Health Partners/Columbus Hospital, 2:00)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): The Spitball Story (see Salut, Victor) film still.