Friday, January 30, 2015 6:00pm – 8:30pm



Film Row Cinema at Columbia College

1104 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605


Doors Open at 6pm for Hors d’oeuvres, Mingling, and a Raffle

Screening Begins at 7pm, Discussion to Follow

$12 Suggested Donation Benefits the Huntington’s Disease Society of America



2015 Oscars! See one of the eight contenders for an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject before the 2015 Oscars at this exclusive screening of leading documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker’s The Lion’s Mouth Opens.


In this gripping and powerful short documentary, actress/director Marianna Palka bravely faces a daunting life-defining moment as she finds out her genetic testing results for Huntington’s disease (HD), a genetic neurological brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral, and physical control, eventually leading to death. There’s a 50/50 chance she inherited the disease from her father.


It’s a film about courage, fear, friendship, family, adapting, hope, and knowing something profound about your fate that cannot be unknown. Two-time Academy Award nominated Walker (The Crash Reel, Wasteland) captures what unfolds in a way that is raw, honest, and without pretense. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, has been an official selection at 40 film festivals around the globe, and has received media coverage from the Los Angeles TimesABC News, and NBC News.


Following the film will be a discussion with a panel of experts from the HD and medical community.


Transportation Info: Two blocks from the CTA Red / Green / Orange Roosevelt stop (located at 1167 S State St). Metered street parking, public pay lots.


Accessibility Info: The venue is ADA-compliant and wheelchair seating will be available. Metered street parking, nearby public pay lots, and the CTA Roosevelt stop are all ADA-compliant. There will also be a drop-off zone available in front of the building.


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