Hannah Free to debut in Chicago Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at Gene Siskel Film Center

Star Sharon Gless to attend gala Sept. 26

Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Sharon Gless, (Queer as Folk, Cagney & Lacey) stars in the lesbian drama Hannah Free, a film about a lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home. The film screens Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State.

The independent film was shot in Chicago last November, with a benefit held at the Center on Halsted during shooting. It also stars Taylor Miller (All My Children), Maureen Gallagher, Ann Hagemann, Kelli Strickland and Jacqui Jackson. Hannah Free is directed by Wendy Jo Carlton and written by Claudia Allen (based on her acclaimed stage play).

The film will have 14 screenings. One screening, Sat., Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. will feature a Q&A with Sharon Gless and other key cast and crew, as well as a gala benefit following the screening. The Lucy Smith Quartet will perform at the gal. Gala tickets ($100) will be sold separately through Ripe Fruit Films, producers of Hannah Free (call 773-387-2394, email [email protected]). All other tickets are available from the theater: $10/general admission; Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, The Film Center and its Box Office are open 5-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 2-9 p.m., Saturday; and 2-6 p.m., Sunday. Call 312-846-2600 (general information, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

Executive Producers of Hannah Free are Tracy Baim, Claudia Allen and Sharon Zurek (also the film’s editor).

Chicago’s Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center for LGBT persons. As a resource and gathering place for youth and adults in a safe, inviting atmosphere, the Center offers comprehensive support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of all LGBT and non-LGBT persons.