Tall Grass Film Series Presents ‘Is Anybody There?’

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Tall Grass Arts Association announces its fall 2009 Art Film series will begin on Sunday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marcus Theatre in Chicago Heights. The series opens with the independent British feature, “Is Anybody There?” starring two- time Academy Award winner Sir Michael Caine in what is being heralded as the performance of his career. The 4-film subscription series cost is $28.00. Subscriptions are currently on sale in the Tall Grass Gallery and will be on sale in the lobby prior to the screening of the film. Individual tickets are $8.00 per film and will be available at the box office the day of the film.

Set in a sea-side English town circa 1987, “Is Anybody There?” takes place at Lark Hall, a retirement home in which the retired and widowed magician, Clarence Parkinson (Caine), comes reluctantly to take up residence. As the weeks pass, however, he is befriended by 10 year-old Edward (Bill Milner of “Son of Rambow”) whose curiosity and obsession with the supernatural re-awaken Clarence’s passion for magic. Their mutual fascination with each other take the unlikely pair on an adventure of discovery wherein the proud and aging performer and the precocious child conjure up something special of their own: a friendship that will change both their lives. Filled with colorful characters played brilliantly by some of Britain’s most gifted stage actors such as Rosemary Harris, Peter Vaughan, Sylvia Sims, Thelma Barlow and Leslie Phillips, the film is sure to delight and spark introspective thoughts on growing up, growing old and the unpredictable adventures that happen along the way.

The film is in English and runs 95 min. in length.

Following the film, there will be a discussion in the movie theater. The discussion will be lead by film enthusiast and Tall Grass Arts Association Board member, Suzanne Patterson. Suzanne’s passion for film began at age 6 when she joined a film club for children in her home town of Dumfries, Scotland. Today, in addition to the Tall Grass Film Series, Suzanne facilitates a film studies course for The Adult Learning Exchange (T.A.L.E.) at Governor’s State University as well as various film discussion series’ throughout the Chicago area.

Additional films in the series include “Away We Go”, starring Maya Rudolph and directed by Sam Mendes, on November 8, “Whatever Works,” directed by Woody Allen and starring Larry David on December 13 and “Moon” starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey on January 10. For additional information, call the Tall Grass Gallery at (708) 748-3377. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.