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Hannah Free film, starring Sharon Gless, will screen in more than 30 cities this fall

CHICAGO — Hannah Free, a new lesbian feature film starring Sharon Gless, (Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, Cagney & Lacey) will play in more than 30 cities and seven countries this fall. There will be theatrical engagements in several cities, including Los Angeles (Oct. 23-29), Chicago (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) and New York City (Dec. 11-17) this fall.

After more than a dozen screenings during its world-premiere summer, the film has received great praise from audiences and reviewers. It has played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations at a wide range of film festivals and theatrical engagements.

Hannah Free is about a lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home. Sharon Gless plays Hannah and Maureen Gallagher stars as Rachel. Other actors play the characters as children and young adults.

The independent film, shot entirely in the Chicago area last November, also stars Taylor Miller (All My Children), Ann Hagemann, Kelli Strickland and Jacqui Jackson. Hannah Free is directed by Wendy Jo Carlton and written by Claudia Allen (based on her acclaimed stage play).

A full screening schedule, including additional details and dates, is available at

Upcoming screenings in U.S. cities include:

Albuquerque, NM (Oct. 13)

Atlanta (Oct. 6)

Boston (November)

Chicago (Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at Gene Siskel Film Center)

Colorado Springs (Sept. 20)

Dallas, Tex. (Oct. 8-10)

District of Columbia (Oct. 22)

Fresno, Calif. (Sept. 18)

Hartford, Conn. (Nov. 6)

Indianapolis, Ind. (Nov. 13-15)

Los Angeles (Oct. 23-29 at Laemmles Music Hall 3)

Milwaukee, Wisc. (Oct. 17)

Minneapolis, Minn. (Nov. 4)

New York, NY (Dec. 11-17)

Normal, Ill. (Oct. 6)

Northampton, Mass. (Nov. 13)

Pittsburgh, Pa. (Oct. 16)

Portland, Ore. (Oct. 6)

Provincetown, Mass. (Oct. 11, 14, 17)

Rehoboth Beach, Dela. (Nov. 11-15)

Rochester, NY (Oct. 15)

Seattle, Wash. (Oct. 25)

Tampa Bay, Fla. (Oct. 10)

The film has already played in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Madison, Kansas City, Durham, Key West, Austin and several other U.S. cities, as well as in Dublin, Ireland.

Outside of the U.S., there are screenings set in Winnipeg and Montreal, Canada; Finland; France; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Budapest, Hungary; and Oslo, Norway. Screenings will be set early next year in England and Australia in addition to other countries.

Executive Producers of Hannah Free are Tracy Baim, Claudia Allen and Sharon Zurek (also the film's editor, from Black Cat Films). The producers are Sharon Gless, Martie Marro (also the film's Music Composer) and Wendy Jo Carlton. Director of Photography was Gretchen Warthen.

For more information, call 773-387-2394, email, see, or see the Hannah Free fan page on Facebook.


Hannah (Sharon Gless) and Rachel (Maureen Gallagher) grew up as little girls in the same small Midwest town, where traditional gender expectations eventually challenge their deep love for one another. Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but quiet homemaker. Weaving back and forth between past and present, with different actors playing the characters from age 10 through late in life, the film reveals how the women maintained their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelities, and family denial.

The film was shot on the South Side of Chicago and in Beecher, Ill., November, 2008, in 18 days.