Returns Dec. 10-16 to the Siskel Center.
Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, is sometimes named as a great work of fiction that cannot be filmed. Daniel Nearing demonstrates in "Chicago Heights" that's not necessarily true. The book is a collection of 22 short stories connected by the character George Willard, who comes of age there and reflects on the citizens he has grown to know. Perhaps one could make 22 short films. Nearing finds an approach that in 90 minutes accomplishes the uncanny feat of distilling the book's essence.
Simone Wilson as Louise Trunnion
James Barbee as Dante Hard
Benny Stewart as Dr. Reefy
Raven Reeves as Clla Hand
Jay Johnson as Rev. Curtis Hartman
Michaele Nicole as Kate Swift
Keisha Dyson as Elizabeth Walker
Ron Jarmon, Jr. as Wash Williams
Andre Truss as Nathan Walker
Bran Harris as Tom Walker
Jason Coleman as The Stranger
William Gray as Sherwood Anderson/Old Nathan