Nancy Savoca, Award-winning Indie Director, Stars in '09 WITASWAN Program

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Award-winning director Nancy Savoca will headline Chicago's 2009 WITASWAN program scheduled for March 28, 2009 (from 12:30pm to 4:00pm) at Kerasotes City North Theatre. Nancy Savoca and her writing partner and husband Richard Guay will screen their Sundance award winning film True Love (1989) and then answer questions from the audience after the screening. This will be Chicago's 5th annual WITASWAN program, celebrating International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now).

Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now.

WITASWAN founder Jan Lisa Huttner proudly announces that award-winning Indie director Nancy Savoca and her writing partner and husband Richard Guay will headline the 5th annual Chicago WITASWAN program on the 2nd International SWAN Day (Saturday, March 28, 2009). Ms. Savoca and Mr. Guay will present their 1989 film True Love, and then take questions from the audience after the screening. A private onsite reception for the filmmakers will immediately follow.

Winner of multiple awards (including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Prize San Sebastián at Spain's San Sebastián International Film Festival), True Love explores compromise, maturity and commitment in modern relationships by tracking a young Italian-American couple on the eve of their wedding. The film features Aida Turturro and Annabelle Sciorra before they became well-known cast members of HBO's Emmy-winning series The Sopranos. Annabelle Sciorra was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (Best Lead Actress) in 1990 for her work in True Love.

The 2009 WITASWAN event will be held on Saturday, March 28th, from 12:30pm to 4:00pm, at the Kerasotes City North Theatre (located at 2600 North Western Avenue between Fullerton and Diversey). Regular admission is $25.00 per person in advance (reduced to $15.00 for seniors 65+ and students with ID). Walk-in rate (for those without reservations) is $40.00 per person depending on ticket availability. This price includes the filmmakers' introduction, True Love screening, audience Q&A, and private reception. Parking is available for $2.00 per car (with ticket purchase) in the City North's garage, and guests can also take the #76 Diversey bus (accessible from the CTA's Blue, Brown and Purple lines).

Out of sensitivity to the fact that many friends of women filmmakers are facing very hard times right now (unemployed, under-employed, living on depleted fixed incomes, or otherwise financially stressed by the current recession), the WITASWAN committee has also decided to offer deeply-discounted admission of $10.00 per person on the honor system.

Nancy Savoca's work explores the pain of everyday people while celebrating the humor in daily life. Her films ask questions rather than answer them. She hopes that "the audience can experience those dilemmas and see themselves in the movie--no matter how different, on the surface, they may be from their own characters." Ms. Savoca is also committed to showing women of color onscreen. Many of her films explore the experiences of immigrants from Latin America and Italy, and how their descendents adjust to America.

This screening of True Love will be WITASWAN's fifth Chicago film program, now held annually in conjunction with International SWAN Day. On the last Saturday of every March (at the end of Women's History Month), women all over the world join in celebration of the contributions of women artists, to both enjoy their work and help promote it. Jan Lisa Huttner, founder of WITASWAN and current Chicago coordinator, proclaims: "Women of all races, nationalities, religions and sexual orientations need to see their lives reflected and valued on screen." Past WITASWAN films include Sally Heckel's feminist classic A Jury of Her Peers (1980), Australian director Sarah Watts' feature Look Both Ways (2005), CBS Anchor Felicia Middlebrook's documentary Somebody's Child: The Redemption of Rwanda (2004), and Israeli director Adi Refaeli's prize-winning short Empathy (2006).

To learn more about WITASWAN, visit To learn more about International SWAN Day, visit

WITASWAN (wit-uh-swan) stands for "Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now." WITASWAN is a cyber-based initiative that promotes the work of women in all media (particularly women directors and screenwriters in Hollywood and beyond). Participants, known as "Swans," make a voluntary pledge to see at least one film by a woman director and/or screenwriter each month in an effort to build buzz, and thereby combat the film industry's dismissal of films by women filmmakers.

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Jan Lisa Huttner


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