JJC Fine Arts Department Presents Annual Film Festival Oct. 15, Including First Public Screening of Plainfield Tornado Documentary

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department is pleased to host its fourth annual JJC Film Festival, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Mainstage Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Audience members who attend will watch and be invited to discuss three unique films: “Being There” (1979), “The Danish Girl” (2015), and the documentary “Eight Minutes in August: The F-5 Plainfield Tornado of 1990” (2015). stock-film-photo

While the event is free, tickets are required: attendees are requested to reserve tickets by calling the JJC Box Office at (815) 280-2200, or visiting the box office in K-1002 on Main Campus.

The Fine Arts Department is pleased to once again partner with community groups in the organization of the festival.

“This year’s involvement on the part of Joliet C.A.A.N. and the Joliet Area Historical Museum is deeply appreciated,” said Fine Arts Professor Gisele Atterberry. “We are also indebted to the JJC Library staff for their continued support.  We are all looking forward to an exciting day.”

About the films:

Being There (1979)

10:30 a.m.

This film adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novel is devoted to the so-called Chauncey Gardiner. It seems Gardiner has always been a gardener, completely secluded from direct involvement with life beyond the walls of the estate where he has worked. He is, however, aware of television. After the death of his employer, he stumbles into the outside world. Through a series of favorable (and humorous) coincidences, Gardiner wins the friendship of a powerful Washington, D.C. insider. Gardiner makes a rapid rise in Washington political and social circles, and eventually is considered as a top contender for Presidential candidacy. Starring Peter Sellers as Gardiner, with Melvyn Douglas and Shirley MacLaine. (Rated PG)

Susan Prokopeak, Department Chair of the JJC Library, will lead the discussion of this film.


The Danish Girl (2015)

1:30 p.m.

Based on the historical novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is an interpretation of the life of Lili Elbe, an early recipient of sex reassignment surgery. The film begins in 1926, as Einar Wegener, a young, married, and successful artist, begins to come to terms with his true sexual identity. The challenges Einar faces as he gradually embraces the life of Lili, especially the struggles he faces in his personal relationships and with the medical community, form the center points of the film. Eddie Redmayne received an Oscar Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Lili. (Rated R)

Joliet’s Community Alliance and Action Network is supporting the presentation of The Danish Girl. C.A.A.N. is devoted to advocacy, support, and outreach for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

The discussion of “The Danish Girl” will be led by Gini Lester, from the Board of Directors of C.A.A.N.


Eight Minutes in August: The F-5 Plainfield Tornado of 1990 (2015)

4:30 p.m.

On August 28, 1990, an F-5 tornado struck Plainfield, Crest Hill, and Joliet, ravaging the communities, taking the lives of 29 residents, and leaving hundreds seriously injured. With commentary from WGN Chief Meteorologist, Tom Skilling, and others who were immediately impacted by this unprecedented event, this documentary includes an impressive array of archival footage and photographs. The Fine Arts Department is pleased to join the Joliet Area Historical Museum in providing the first public screening of this film in its entirety. (Not Rated)

Gregory T. Peerbolte, Executive Director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum and the producer of the film, will direct commentary following the screening.


Additionally, the JJC library has copies of the books “Being There” and “The Danish Girl” available for checkout.  A discussion of the books will be held in the JJC Library (main campus,) on Friday, October 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Community members are invited.  For information concerning this discussion, phone Susan Prokopeak at 815-280-2215.

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 www.jjc.edu/fine-arts or call 815-280-2223.

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