Sharon Gless (Cagney and Lacey, Queer as Folk) stars as a woman fighting family intolerance for the right to visit her dying partner (Maureen Gallagher) in Wendy Jo Carlton’s locally shot Hannah Free, which has its first Chicago screening tonight in the monthly Midwest Independent Film Festival. The two women’s lives together and apart play out in flashback, with their younger selves portrayed by Kelli Strickland and Ann Hagemann respectively.

Claudia Allen adapted the script from her own play, which premiered at Bailiwick Repertory at the Theatre Building in 1992. Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim produced. (I was assistant director). Hannah Free debuted in June as the closing night film of the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Cocktail reception at 6 PM. Carlton, Allen, Baim and editor Sharon Zurek speak on a producer’s panel about women filmmakers at 6:30 PM, moderated by new Women in Film Chicago president Melissa Thornley. Screening starts at 7:30. At Landmark’s Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark. $10; $15 for premiere seating. After party at Forno Diablo, 433 W. Diversey.

Update: Tonight’s screening is sold out.