Three Documentaries Featured in JJC Film Festival Oct. 17

Joliet Junior College’s third annual Film Festival, free and open to the public, will showcase three documentaries on Saturday Oct. 17 in the Black Box Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Audience members who attend will watch and be invited to discuss “20 Feet From Stardom” (2013), which will premiere at 11 a.m.; “Life Itself,” (2014), at 1:30 p.m.; and “The Field” (2015) at 4:30 p.m.20ft

Though tickets are free, space is limited, so guests should reserve seats by calling ahead of time at 815-280-2200 or stopping by the JJC box office on the Main Campus, K-1002.

JJC Fine Arts professor David Nuccio will lead a discussion about the music industry after the showing of “20 Feet From Stardom;” journalist David Inge, known for interviewing American film critic Roger Ebert, will be the guest speaker for the film about Roger Ebert, “Life Itself;” and Tom Desch, director and producer of “The Field,” will lead a discussion about the proposed South Suburban Airport in Peotone, which has been a subject of controversy for the past 30 years.

“We are excited to show three independent, documentary films this year. Giving students and the community the opportunity to view these independent films is the heart of the college experience,” said Gisele Atterberry, JJC fine arts professor and Film Festival Coordinator.

LifeSince the inception of JJC’s Film Festival in 2013, Atterberry said attendance has been growing and there’s been a good mix of both JJC students and community members. According to Atterberry, many audience members are thankful for the opportunity for discussion after each film. Having a chance to discuss films immediately after watching them in a group setting is not often found elsewhere.

“Our goal is to have an engaged audience – and an audience that walks away learning about the world and a little more about themselves,” Atterberry added.

Each year, the Film Festival has been funded by the JJC Foundation with an Awards of Excellence grant. For more information about JJC’s Fine Arts Department, visit or call 815-280-2223.

About the Films

“20 Feet From Stardom,” 2013. (Rated PG-13) This Academy Award winning film focuses on backup singers in the contemporary music industry. Longtime backup singers Darlene Love and Merry Clayton, among others, are featured.field

“Life Itself,” 2014. (Rated R) Following him through writings and television appearances, this film memorializes the turbulent and joyful life of Chicago legendary film critic Roger Ebert.

“The Field,” 2015. (Not Rated) Since 2002, filmmaker Tom Desch has followed news of the South Suburban Airport to be built in Peotone and members of the group, STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down). The film addresses property rights and the relationship between citizens and government.

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