Windy City International Documentary Festival

Presented by Columbia College’s Documentary Center and the International Documentary Association, the 1997 Windy City International Documentary Festival concludes on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. All screenings are free. For further information, call 312-663-1600, ext. 5773.


Jean Rhys:

They Destroyed All the Roses

A Dutch documentary (1996) by Jan Louter about the sources of Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea. (11:00 am)

Whose Body, Whose Rights?

Lawrence Dillon’s U.S. documentary (1995) about the practice of male circumcision. (12:15)

Hide and Seek

Su Friedrich (Gently Down the Stream, Sink or Swim) directed this 1996 experimental documentary about lesbian adolescence in the 1960s, interweaving a fictional account of a 12-year-old girl with the recollections of various adults. (1:15)

Under Wraps

A 1996 documentary by Canadian Teresa MacInnes about North American male and female attitudes toward menstruation. (2:20)

Girls Like Us

This U.S. documentary by Jane C. Wagner and Tina Di Feliciantonio follows four working-class girls in south Philadelphia as they grow from age 14 to 18. (3:20)


Voices of the Children

Zuzana Justman’s 1996 account of three people’s childhood experiences in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. (12:15)

Onward Christian Soldiers

A 1995 account of the American religious right by Dutch journalist Freke Vuijst. (1:40)

One Hundred Eggs a Minute

A 1996 experimental documentary by Anita Chang, a student at San Francisco State University. (2:30)

Ngwao Boswa

John Clement’s 25-minute film (1995) documents the work of a basket-weaving cooperative in Botswana. (2:55)

Two or Three Things but Nothing for Sure

This 12-minute short (1996) by Tina Di Feliciantonio and Jane C. Wagner profiles Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina. (3:25)

In the House

Three teenagers in a psychiatric hospital perform stories about themselves in this 15-minute documentary (1996) by Lisa Rinzler and Peter Stastny. (3:40)

It Ain’t Love

U.S. filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd directed this 58-minute documentary (1996) about a group of young actors who draw on personal experience to write and stage a show about abusive relationships. (4:00)

Silver Images Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, the Silver Images Film Festival runs from Friday, May 9, through Friday, May 23, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; AARP Information Center, 222 N. LaSalle; Atlas Senior Center, 1767 E. 79th St.; Beverly Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St.; Boikan Conference Center, 2900 N. Lake Shore Dr.; Catholic Health Partners/Columbus Hospital Auditorium, 2520 N. Lakeview; Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; College of DuPage Bldg. K, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn; Copernicus Senior Center, 3160 N. Milwaukee; Crestwood Sony Theaters, 13221 Rivercrest Dr., Crestwood; District 214 Community Education, 2121 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights; Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut; Hyde Park Sony Theaters, 5238 S. Harper; Hinsdale Theater, 29 E. First St., Hinsdale; LaSalle Theatre, 4901 W. Irving Park; Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center, 5050 W. Church, Skokie; North Shore Senior Center, 7 Happ Road, Northfield; Oakton Community College, 7701 N. Lincoln, Skokie; and Rosary College Fine Arts Bldg., 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 Crestwood and Hyde Park theaters, where admission is $1, and Atlas Senior Center, Boikan Conference Center, Chicago Cultural Center, College of DuPage, Copernicus Senior Center, and Fourth Presbyterian Church, where admission is free. For more information call 773-881-6940.


Wanted: Grandfather

Rumle Hammerich’s 1996 film about a boy who befriends an old man in a retirement home. In Swedish with English subtitles. On the same program, Kevin Segalla’s Notes, a short American film (1994) about two violinists. (District 214 Community Education, 10:00 am)

The Music Tree

A Mexican short film (1994) about a violinist. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Copernicus Senior Center, 2:30)

Coming of Age

A Canadian video feature (1993) about a widow who befriends her tenants and a neighbor, directed by E. Jane Thompson. On the same program, two short narrative videos about elderly women. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Gay and Lesbian Portraits

Videos from Canada and the U.S. by Paul Carriere, Jessica Yu, and Andy Abrahams Wilson. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:30)


Shorts for children

Short videos from the U.S. and Great Britain by Paul Madden, Michael Sporn, Selena McAfee, and Barry Kimm and Larry Long. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1:00)


Short videos from Canada and the U.S. by Dorothy Todd Henaut, George James, Anne Lewis, and Jack Barbera. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Andrew Wyeth Self-Portrait: Snow Hill

An hour-long video (1995) produced by the painter’s wife and directed by Bo Bartlett. On the same program, three short videos about other elderly artists. (Facets Multimedia Center, 5:15)

The Tears of Peleliu

Greg DeHart and Paul Freedman’s documentary video (1996) about the 50th anniversary of a World War II battle fought on one of the Marshall Islands in the southwest Pacific. On the same program, a short documentary about a Japanese-American who volunteered for the U.S. military during that same war. (Facets Multimedia, 7:15)

Love and Hate in Later Life

Short videos from Israel, Belgium, and Austria. To be shown in Hebrew, Dutch and German, respectively, with subtitles. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)



Marie Dressler stars as an earthy housemaid and nanny who winds up marrying her charges’ widowed father (Jean Hersholt). Known as one of Dressler’s best vehicles and directed by Garbo’s favorite, Clarence Brown. With Myrna Loy, Richard Cromwell, John Miljan, and Leila Bennett (1932). (LaSalle Theatre, 2:00)


Short films, program one

Five short works from the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. (Fourth Presbyterian Church, 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. (Hyde Park, 11:00 am)

Beyond the Sky

A Norwegian feature (1993) about the friendship between a retired schoolteacher and a rebellious 12-year-old; Berit Nesheim directed. In Norwegian with English subtitles. (Hinsdale, 7:30)


Roulez jeunesse!

A French feature (1992) about two boys who befriend the residents of a retirement home in the process of taking them hostage; Jacques Fansten directed. (Fourth Presbyterian Church, 10:00 am)

Beyond the Sky

See listing under Monday, May 12. (Hinsdale, 1:30)

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, Sue Marx and Pamela Conn’s Young at Heart (1988). (Catholic Health Partners/Columbus Hospital Auditorium, 6:30)


Short films, program two

Sue Marx and Pamela Conn’s Young at Heart (1988), Australian filmmaker Martin Murphy’s The Adventures of Handyman (1995), and Andy Abrahams Wilson’s Bubbeh Lee and Me (1996). (Beverly Arts Center, 10:00 am)

Tibor Jankay: The Art of Survival

Harlan Steinberger’s 1994 portrait of a 94-year-old artist and Holocaust survivor. On the same program, Mark Hallar-Wade’s 1996 short Flowers for Charlie. (College of DuPage, 1:30)


Man With a Plan

See listing under Monday, May 12. (Crestwood Sony Theaters, 11:00 am)

Short films, program three

Half a dozen short films on a variety of topics. (North Shore Senior Center, 1:00)