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.
William Gray as Sherwood Anderson/Old Nathan
Keisha Dyson as Elizabeth Walker
Andre Truss as Nathan Walker
Benny Stewart as Dr. Reefy
Jay Johnson as Rev. Curtis Hartman
Ron Jarmon, Jr. as Wash Williams
Simone Wilson as Louise Trunnion
Michaele Nicole as Kate Swift
James Barbee as Dante Hard
Raven Reeves as Clla Hand
Jason Coleman as The Stranger
Bran Harris as Tom Walker