Hannah Free, a film shot in Chicago last November, will have its world premiere as the closing-night featured film at Frameline, the world's oldest LGBT film festival. The screening will be Sunday, June 28, at the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre, on Pride Sunday in San Francisco, the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. Pictured: Sharon Gless ( left ) and Maureen Gallagher in Hannah Free. Photo by Hal Baim
The film stars Sharon Gless and is based on a play by Claudia Allen that debuted in Chicago in the early 1990s. Allen adapted her play for the screen, and Wendy Jo Carlton directed the cast, which includes well-known Chicago actors Taylor Miller ( All My Children ) , Maureen Gallagher, Ann Hagemann, Kelli Strickland, Jacqui Jackson, Meg Thalken, Patricia Kane, Elaine Carlson, Les Hinderyckx, and Bev Spangler.
Hannah Free tells the story of a decades-long love affair between two women who are separated near the end of their lives in a nursing home. Told through flashbacks, three generations of actors play Hannah and Rachel over the course of more than 50 years. The film was shot on location on the South Side of Chicago and in Beecher, Ill.
Music director is Martie Marro, editor Sharon Zurek, and the cinematographer was Gretchen Warthen. Production designer was Rick Paul and wardrobe designer Iris Bainum-Houle. Jillian Erickson was the makeup designer, with Budd Bird on hair.
Tracy Baim and Claudia Allen are executive producers of Hannah Free, which is being produced by Ripe Fruit Films.
After its world premiere in San Francisco, Hannah Free will play at film festivals across the country, as well as music festivals and other venues. It will open in Chicago later this summer. See www.HannahFree.com for a trailer and updates, or join the Hannah Free film Facebook group. For details on tickets to the World Premiere, which will feature a Q&A with the cast, including Sharon Gless, see www.frameline.org .