Silver Images Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, the Silver Images Film Festival continues Friday, April 23, through Wednesday, May 5, at Adler School of Professional Psychology, 65 E. Wacker Pl.; Atlas Senior Center, 1767 E. 79th St.; Catholic Health Partners/Saint Joseph Hospital, 2900 N. Lake Shore Dr.; Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware; College of Lake County Southlake Educational Center, 1120 S. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills; Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence; Dominican Univ. Fine Arts Building, 7900 W. Division, River Forest; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Maple Park United Methodist Church, 1225 W. 117th St.; Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant, Evanston; Roosevelt Univ. Schaumburg campus, 1400 N. Roosevelt, Schaumburg; and Southwest Suburban Center on Aging, 111 W. Harris, La Grange. Unless otherwise noted, all films are free and will be shown on video. For more information call 773-881-8491.


Bittersweet Deliveries

Garry Beitel directed this 1997 hour-long film about a quintet of young adults working in a “meals on wheels” program to deliver food to the elderly. On the same program, JoDee Samuelson’s short film The Bath (1992). (Adler School, 9:00 am)

Short videos program one

Parker Cross’s Dance Hall Daze (1994) and Tuba Gokcek and Peter J. Curhs’s On the Seventh Day (1998). (Adler School, 10:30 am)

Raising Grandkids: A Love Story

Lori Maass Vidlak directed this hour-long 1997 documentary about children being raised by grandparents. (Adler School, 11:30 am)

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, Melany Kahn’s Our Ladies of Atlantic City (1997). (Adler School, 1:00)

The Firehouse Women

A half-hour 1998 film by Ellen Walter about a North Carolina firehouse that’s been converted into a restaurant and the women who sing gospel music there. On the same program, Parker Cross’s Dance Hall Daze (1994). (Maple Park United Methodist Church, 1:00)

Gregory Kondos–A Passion for the Land

Ray Tatar directed this 1997 documentary about the landscape artist. (Roosevelt Univ. Schaumburg campus, 1:00)

Centenarians Tell It Like It Is

Inspired by Lynn Peters Adler’s book Centenarians: The Bonus Years, Ron Small’s hour-long 1998 documentary features interviews with seniors who’ve passed the century mark. Some of them have interesting stories to tell, mostly about the newfangled gadgets–telephones, automobiles, indoor plumbing–that changed their lives. But most of them don’t, a problem Small accentuates by asking questions like “What do you think of President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky?” and by filming all his subjects dead-on in a medium close-up, creating a visual monotony that renders even the most interesting material tedious. (Jack Helbig) (Catholic Health Partners/Saint Joseph Hospital, 2:00)

Dolores Dulces

A half-hour 1995 film by Ira R. Abrams about an elderly Latina struggling to protect her house from a real estate developer who wants to put up a shopping mall. On the same program, Joe Cantu Jr.’s Dancin’ With You, Darlin’ (1994). (Copernicus Center, 2:00)


Dance: The Heartbeat of Community

Margie Strosser’s 1998 profile of Ione Nash, a 74-year-old African-American who teaches dance in Philadelphia. (Atlas Senior Center, 1:00)


The Firehouse Women

See listing for Friday, April 23. (Copernicus Center, 10:00 am)


Vojtech Jasny’s 1998 feature focuses on a 104-year-old woman who communicates with her two dead husbands. On the same program, Erland Overby’s 1997 Norwegian short Down, Across. To be shown by video projection; tickets are $5. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:30)


Short videos program two

Steve Payton’s The Aging of America: The Changing Face of Women (1998), Peter Reynolds and Gary Goldberger’s animated short Living Forever, Kjersti Martinsen’s Norwegian short Wednesdays (1996), and Katey and David Grusovin’s Australian short The Christmas Cake (1997). (Dominican Univ. Fine Arts Building, 9:30 am)

Mr. Respect, Tiger Jack Rosenbloom

An 11-minute video about a shopkeeper made by sixth-graders working with teacher Mike Hazzard. (Atlas Senior Center, 10:30 am)

A Calcutta Christmas

Maree Delofski’s 1998 Indian-Australian documentary profiles the aging residents of the Tollygunge house, a refuge for Anglo-Indians in Calcutta. Tickets are $5. (College of Lake County Southlake Educational Center, 1:30)

In the House of Angels

Margreth Olin’s 1998 Norwegian feature is set in an old folks’ home where spouses are forced to live apart from each other. On the same program, Peter Reynolds and Gary Goldberger’s Living Forever. To be shown by video projection; tickets are $5. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:30)


Golden Threads

Christine Burton, a 93-year-old lesbian activist, is profiled in this 1998 documentary by Lucy Winer. On the same program: Joyce Warshow’s Some Ground to Stand On and Peter Reynolds and Gary Goldberger’s Living Forever. To be shown by video projection; tickets are $5. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:30)

Maestro Mehli Mehta and the American Youth Symphony

Cory Anderson’s hour-long 1992 documentary offers an engaging if cursory profile of Indian-born conductor Mehli Mehta, cutting between interviews with the maestro to footage of him guiding musicians from the podium and of colleagues, students, and family praising him. Mehta is rightly credited for having brought Western classical music to India in the 30s and 40s–and the Bombay footage from that era is a find–but the film glosses over his Zoroastrian upbringing, his long-standing ties to Israel, and the trouble he’s had finding a top-notch conducting post in the West. Two of Mehta’s children–Zubin, the conductor, and Zarin, executive director of the Ravinia Festival–are pillars of contemporary classical music, but Mehli has also mentored countless musicians in LA’s American Youth Symphony, which he started in 1964; shown rehearsing the group at age 83, he’s paternal but perfectionist, an ageless wonder who still gets high on the music. (TS) Anderson will attend the screening. (Presbyterian Homes, 7:15)


Short videos program three

Peter Reynolds and Gary Goldberger’s Living Forever, Katey and David Grusovin’s The Christmas Cake, and Steve Payton’s The Aging of America: The Changing Face of Women. (Southwest Suburban Center on Aging, 11:30 am)


Joel Meyerowitz directed this heartfelt valentine to his 87-year-old father, Hy, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The director’s son serves as cameraman, and the two of them take the old man on a road trip from his south Florida retirement community to the Bronx, where he was born and later raised his family. Though frail in body and mind, “Pop” retains his warmth, toughness, and crusty sense of humor as he, his son, and his grandson try to reclaim the past. His halting recollections are intercut with home-movie footage from more vigorous days, heightening our regret for the passage of time, yet Meyerowitz avoids mawkishness, letting Pop do much of the talking and proving that it’s never too late to honor thy father. (TS) On the same program, Ina Feldman’s Polish-American coproduction Lessons From Silent Voices (1998), Peter Reynolds and Gary Goldberger’s Living Forever, Arlo Grafton’s Old Woman Poem (1998), and Pavel Vogler’s Three Stories (1998). (Chicago Sinai Congregation, 1:00)