CHICAGO, IL., APRIL 13 Black Cat Productions is proud to announce the Chicago premiere of A Mind in Quicksand: Life with Huntington's. This poignant, timely documentary traces a woman's experience living with Huntington's disease ( HD ) and its impact on her friends and family. It will have a limited run of three showings only at the Gene Siskel Film Center, May 5-7.
When photographer and script supervisor Kim Lile is diagnosed with an incurable degenerative neurological disorder, she has to face a stark new reality. She sets out to learn all she can about Huntington's disease, and to come to grips with the nature of her illness. A Mind in Quicksand is the moving story of her personal journey, a film of bravery, passion, and sometimes anguish in the midst of acceptance. As Lile unravels mysteries of the disease in her family history, she talks with family members, and meets doctors, dedicated researchers working to find a cure, devoted caregivers, and courageous people who daily cope with HD's increasing limitations.
A Mind in Quicksand has already garnered acclaim, including the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Independent Documentary Feature, and Best Documentary Feature at the Illinois International Film Festival. It was an Official Selection at the 2012 Los Angeles International Women's Film Festival, and was screened at the Huntington's Disease Society of America ( HDSA ) Illinois State Convention in March.
The film premieres during Huntington's Disease Awareness Month and director and producers are available for press interviews. Representatives of the Huntington's Disease Society of America Deborah Boyd and Charlotte Rybarczyk, and Huntington's experts Kathleen Shannon, MD, and Stephen Clingerman, Ph.D, who appear in the documentary, are also available for interviews. Journalists should contact Sharon Zurek at 773-274-2300 for more information.
Showtimes for A Mind in Quicksand are Sat., May 5 at 7:45 pm; Sun., May 6 at 5 pm; and Mon., May 7 at 8:15 pm. The film's creators--director Kim Lile, producer Sharon Zurek, and executive producer Jesse Ewing--will appear for Q&A. Tickets are $11.
All screenings are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.
Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise--are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; or 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.
Discounted parking is available for $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.
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