Silver Images Film Festival

The Silver Images Film Festival, presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, concludes this weekend, with screenings Friday through Sunday, May 17 though 19, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; Harbor Village Retirement Community, 3121 N. Lakeshore Dr.; Atlas Senior Center, 1767 E. 79th St.; Oakton Community College Performing Arts Center, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines; Hinsdale Theater, 29 E. First St., Hinsdale; Rosary College Fine Arts Building, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. Tickets for Facets and Film Center screenings are $6, $4 for those over 62; tickets are $3 at other venues, except the Harbor Village Retirement Community and Atlas Senior Center, where admission is free. For more information call 881-8491.


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. Rosanne Ehrlich, the director, will be present to answer questions after the screening. On the same program, two short films, Mark Haller-Wade’s Flowers for Charlie and Bill Reifenberger’s Old Trout (1995). (Oakton Community College Performing Arts Center, 10:00 am)

The Purse Snatcher

A 1994 Dutch feature directed by Maria Peters about a boy and his grandmother, winner of the children’s jury prize at this year’s Berlin international children’s film festival. On the same program, a 1994 Mexican film by Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardan, The Music Tree. (Facets Multimedia Center, 10:00 am)

Man With a Plan

This comic pseudodocumentary (1995) by John O’Brien follows 73-year-old Fred Tuttle as he campaigns for the U.S. Congress. Tuttle and O’Brien will answer questions after the screening. (Hinsdale, 1:30)

Road to Galveston

Cicely Tyson plays a Texas widow with financial troubles who turns her home into a residence for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (played by Piper Laurie, Salle Ellis, and Tess Harper) in a new feature by Michael Toshiyuki Uno. (Atlas Senior Center, 1:30)

Young at Heart

A half-hour short documentary film by Sue Marx and Pamela Conn (1988), winner of an Oscar, about a widow and widower in their 80s who end up getting married. On the same program, JoDee Samuelson’s Canadian, animated short The Bath (1992) and Esperanza G. Martinez’s video The Cloth Sings to Me (1995). (Rosary College Fine Arts Building,1:30)

The Last Lieutenant

A retired Norwegian naval officer refuses to surrender when Norway is invaded by Nazis during World War II in a 1993 Norwegian feature by Hans Petter Moland. On the same program, Ole Askman’s Danish short Barbut. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice

A 1994 video documentary by Pat Saunders and Rea Tajiri about Japanese-American political activist Yuri Kochiyama and her activities since the 50s. On the same program, Cordell Wynne’s Something Left to Do–Elders of Sto: Lo Nation (1995) and Esperanza G. Martinez’s The Cloth Sings to Me (1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:15)

Shadows and Light: Joaquin Rodrigo at 90

A 1994 Canadian video documentary feature by Larry Weinstein about the blind composer. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Janice Rule

A 1994 Canadian documentary by Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie about the lesbian novelist and activist. On the same program, Tom Donaghy’s Dadshuttle (1994). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:15)


Mollye and Max

A short film by Dori Walker (1991) about a couple who’ve been married for 65 years. On the same program, Esperanza G. Martinez’s The Cloth Sings to Me, Mark Haller-Wade’s Flowers for Charlie, and Bill Reifenberger’s Old Trouts. (Harbor Village Retirement Community, 10:00 am)

Man With a Plan

See listing under Friday, May 17. On the same program, Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardan’s The Music Tree and Old Trouts. (Facets Multimedia Center, 12:45)

Older Adults Behind the Camera

Carol Halstead’s short video Why? (1994) and excerpts from three community programs produced by or for older adults. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:00)

Frank Yankovic: America’s Polka King

A Chicago–produced documentary by Rees W. Candee (1995). On the same program, Ed Mabe’s Thursday Night Fever and Sheryl and Julio Ahumada’s Misty Magic Memories (both 1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Road to Galveston

See listing under Friday, May 17. On the same program, Nancy Brown’s short film Cast Your Bread Upon the Water (1994). (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:15)


A 1995 Norwegian feature by Bent Hamer about two bachelor farmers who’ve lived together all their lives. On the same program, Marco Capalbo’s Sandman (1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 5:15)

Caregiving and Autonomy

Three videos: Michel Jones’s Curtain Call (1995), Jean Marc Faure’s French Sharing Our Differences (1994), and Ian Lapp and Kim Small’s Until Tuesday (1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 5:15)

Pushing Hands

This 1991 Taiwanese-American production, the first feature of Ang Lee (The Wedding Banquet, Sense and Sensibility), follows the cultural clashes, disappointments, and ultimate triumph of a retired t’ai chi master (Sihung Lung) who leaves Beijing for New York. The film won three Golden Horse awards in Taiwan in 1992 and was the first Taiwanese feature ever to secure U.S. distribution. On the same program, Lily Ng’s Pictures (1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:30)

Coming Through Hard Times

A 1995 video documentary by Patsy Cravens in which black people describe life in south-central Texas during the early 1900s. On the same program, Momir Matovic’s Meters of Life (1992) and Natasha V.’s The Repast (1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:30)

The Water Carrier

A blind, Colombian grandfather has his sight restored in a 1995 film by Patricia Cardoso. On the same program, Melissa Howden’s Ancestors (1995) and Carol Halstead’s Why? (1994). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:30)

Ringl and Pit

A 1995 documentary by Juan Mandelbaum about Bauhas-inspired advertising photographers Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach. On the same program, Esperanza G. Martinez’s The Cloth Sings to Me (1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:30)


The Sunshine Boys

Neil Simon’s most irritating play is no less agonizing on the screen under Herbert Ross’s sycophantic direction. Richard Benjamin is an agent trying to reunite his uncle (Walter Matthau), an ex-vaudeville star, and his former partner (George Burns) for a television special. Both men are hopelessly senile; what’s more, they despise each other–a premise that makes the film seem less like a comedy than a male remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Shrill, mechanical, and manipulative, The Sunshine Boys (1975) is quintessential Simon, but Burns’s performance provides occasional relief. (DK) On the same program, Mark Haller-Wade’s Flowers for Charlie. (Facets Multimedia Center, 12:45)

My Jewish Grandfather

A 1993 Danish video documentary by Casper Hoyberg, in which he interviews relatives about his grandfather’s death during World War II. On the same program, Dori Walker’s Mollye and Max (1991). (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:00)


A 1994 Dutch documentary video feature by Ireen van Ditshuyzen about Alzheimer’s disease. On the same program, Zelimir Gvardiol’s I Don’t Know Where, or When. or How . . . (1994). (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)


Helen De Michiel’s1995 feature starring Mira Sorvino as a successful photographer grappling with the death of her mother and her ethnic roots; a Chicago premiere. On the same program, Debra Callabresi’s Quilted by Hand and Marianne Olsen Ulrichsen’s Come (both 1995). (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:15)

Spider and Rose

A 1994 feature by Australian filmmaker Bill Bennett about a young ambulance driver assigned on his last day at work to take a 70-year-old woman to her birthday party, a six-hour drive; with Simon Bossell and Ruth Cracknell. A Chicago premiere. (Film Center, 6:00)

Summer Snow

A 1994 comedy from Ann Hui, one of the more distinguished members of the Hong Kong new wave, about the relationship that develops between a middle-aged married woman (Josephine Siao, in a performance that won her the best-actress prize at last year’s Berlin film festival) and her father-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s disease; with Roy Chiao and Law Kar-ying. (Film Center, 7:45)