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By Maria Murzyn
The Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison St. in Oak Park is hosting another "$5 Documentary Films" weekend for you. Saturday, 3/3 is filled with interesting docs starting at 2pm with "Refrigerator Mothers" by Chicago's master documentarians at Kartemquin Films. It explores the 1950s - 1960s blame game on "cold mothers" as the reason for autism and how this position devastated families. It is one of the earliest documentaries which detailed autism and the few treatments provided and lack of knowledge which surrounded it.
At 5pm, see "Short Films of Lisa Barcy" which looks at the power of animation. At 7pm, "Louder Than A Bomb" follows the story of four Chicago teens as they compete in the world's largest poetry slam for youth. This is an award-winning doc with many fans. See the attached clip.
On Sunday, 3/4 at 2pm, come see "Life Lessons/My Mother's Ideas" which details a woman's looking back at her girlhood dancing dreams, or were they her mother's dreams. Sample the attached clip.
This "$5 Documentary Films" series gives us all an opportunity to see some of the best docs around, many of which have had limited distribution, at a very resonable cost. For more information, call 708-534-1892.