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FACETS reopening film strikes universal chord


FACETS is excited to announce that the 46-year-old organization has selected the film “Anne at 13,000 Ft.” to mark its long-awaited return to in-person programming, following an 18-month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic: “Anne at 13,000 Ft.,” by Canadian director Kazik Radwanski, will have its Chicago premiere from Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19; it will play again from Friday, September 24, through Sunday, September 26. The film will be presented exclusively in-person at FACETS Cinema (1517 W. Fullerton Ave.) with reduced seating capacity and heightened health and safety protocols.

Charles Coleman, Film Program Director of FACETS, explains why he chose this film: “During difficult times, we often find ourselves trying to cope with anxiety when the more appropriate emotional reaction might be anger, sadness, or frustration. ‘Anne at 13,000 Ft.’ offers up something uniquely humane and identifiable, as during this pandemic all of us have felt like Anne—isolated and insulated from others.

“This remarkable film, which I chose to exhibit as FACETS once again opens to the public, is a breathtaking character study in a mesmerizing performance by Deragh Campbell. Her struggles as an awkward, young woman managing her relationship with the demands of society parallel with our experience as we navigate returning to normal during a tumultuous time while striving to connect with a world we no longer recognize.”

Charles Coleman Film Program Director FACETS Cinema.
CHARLES COLEMAN, FILM Program Director, FACETS, is all smiles upon the reopening of the independent film venue. Founded in 1975, FACETS inspires audiences to engage with film not simply as entertainment, but as an exciting tool to bridge cultural divides, promote digital literacy, and expand perspectives through empathy-driven storytelling.

Writer/Director Radwanski specifically wrote the leading role for Campbell, knowing her capacity to portray the desperate life of a fragile young woman coping to preserve her identity while struggling to belong. Using handheld cameras and natural light to create a claustrophobic environment, the audience is immersed in Anne’s inner world as she works at a Toronto daycare center where she bickers needlessly with colleagues, is more interested in daydreaming with the children than supervising them, and whose seemingly grounded life gives way to increased anxiety and recklessness. For her best friend Sarah’s (musician Dorothea Paas) bachelorette party, they go skydiving, which is life-changing for Anne as she discovers a sense of release, clarity, and focus.


FACETS’ NEW LOBBY area boasts a colorful, spacious environment that allows for engaging conversation either before or after a film screening. Guests can also view more visually driven, installation-based film and video art on a newly added lobby projection system. (Photo by Trainman Photography).

I have been to FACETS a few times. The Crusader has cosponsored the African Diaspora Film Festival, which has been held at the theatre a few times in the past. And as the world has changed much during the past 18 months, so has this intimate theatre— as it has undergone remodeling to address public health concerns. The changes include a renovated lobby area, a café replacing the old FACETS Vidéothèque, as well as increased ventilation. I am sure these improvements would be welcomed by the theatre’s founder, the late Milos Stehik who passed away more than two years ago.

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Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $12/General Admission and $9/FACETS members (25 percent discount). Visit here to purchase tickets,

Become a FACETS member today to receive special discounts, including up to 25 percent on all purchases and exclusive access to the organization’s video rental catalog of hard-to-find Blurays, DVDs, and VHS tapes. Sign up today at

Following the City of Chicago’s indoor mask advisory and to ensure the health and safety of anyone in the building, FACETS has updated the guidelines for attendance:

Masks: It is requested that all staff and guests wear a mask even if vaccinated.

Distancing: All guests and staff are encouraged to maintain physical distance.

Air and Cleanliness: Hand sanitizer stations are readily available in all public spaces; all surfaces are cleaned regularly and thoroughly, and ventilation systems are being examined and maximized.

Food and Beverage: It is requested that masks are replaced after consumption of food and beverage.

Cinema Seating: Upon reopening in September, Cinema seating will be reserved, maximized for distancing, and at 40 percent capacity.

Purchasing: Online ticket purchasing is encouraged to reduce crowds and there will be credit card purchases only.

Health: If a patron is feeling unwell or has a fever, it is requested to enjoy FACETS’ Virtual Cinema from the comfort of one’s home when online viewing options are available.

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Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is a nearly 30-year veteran journalist and the Entertainment Editor for the Chicago Crusader. She is a National Newspaper Publishers Association ‘Entertainment Writing’ award winner, contributor to “Rust Belt Chicago” and the author of “Old School Adventures from Englewood: South Side of Chicago.” For info, Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago.

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