Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State, Chicago, IL
Sharon Gless (Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, Cagney & Lacey) and the cast of Hannah Free, along with director Wendy Jo Carlton, writer Claudia Allen and the producers and crew, will attend a special benefit screening and gala at 7 p.m. $100 gala event, for information call 773-387-2394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After the screening, there will be a Q&A at the Film Center. Then, guests will walk one block north to the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, One West Wacker, for a gala featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine, beer and soda. The Lucy Smith Quartet will perform. Mix and mingle with the stars of Hannah Free, and benefit the production of a feature film made in Chicago. ABOUT HANNAH FREE Hannah (Sharon Gless) and Rachel (Maureen Gallagher) grew up as little girls in the same small Midwest town, where traditional gender expectations eventually challenge their deep love for one another. Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but quiet homemaker. Weaving back and forth between past and present, with different actors playing the characters from age 10 through late in life, the film reveals how the women maintained their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelities, and family denial. The film was shot on the South Side of Chicago and in Beecher, Ill., November, 2008, in 18 days.