‘Rachel is’ will be shown Sept. 19

INDIAN LAKE - Award-winning filmmaker Edwin Martinez is returning to Indian Lake Theater to screen the film, “Rachel Is” Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. The film and discussion are the second installment in ILT’s “Taking Care” series: a variety of monthly films and conversations designed to celebrate and support volunteer caregivers.

“We are very excited to be joined by New York State ARC representatives who have agreed to partner with us on this event. Our disabled community members bring challenges and also joy to our towns – those who support them deserve our support and thanks, too,” says ILT Director Danielle Shaw.

“Rachel Is” documents the heartwarming story of Rachel and her mother Jane as they navigate Rachel’s search for independence during her last year in school. Rachel is developmentally disabled, and the film moves past the safety of political correctness and into the most intimate and honest moments in their family's life.

Rachel is mysterious, funny, difficult and full of contradictions, but she wants what most people her age want: to move out of her mother's house. This dream seems impossible. Rachel can't be left alone and the social services needed for her to live an "adult life" are unavailable.

Jane, Rachel's mother is at her breaking point. What is Jane willing to sacrifice for Rachel to be independent? What happens to a parent when they don't have the support they need to give their child a good life?

“Rachel Is” is an honest, uplifting and funny film about parenthood, disability and the universal struggle for happiness. Tickets are $5.

Martinez screened his highly regarded film, “To Be Heard,” at ILT in 2012. He looks forward to talking about “Rachel Is,” and ARC staff will be in the audience to join the conversation.

COMING UP

Other films planned for the Healthy Community Film Series this fall include: “Bully,” a penetrating film that forced a nation to explore how we might help our teens; and “Bill W,” a documentary about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and his search for a path to healing, for victims of the disease and for those whose lives are affected by addiction.

The 2013 season will culminate in December with a reception, book signing, images and Q & A. Dr. Daniel Way, whose upcoming book “Never a Dull Moment” will be released this fall.

“It’s great to have Dr. Way coming,” says Shaw. “Dr. Way and Hudson Headwaters Health Network have sponsored this series, and they really understand the importance of community caregivers to the health of our towns.”

The Healthy Communities Film Series is a project of Indian Lake Theater, with support and advice from Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Marti Evanoff, the family of Ruth Fane, NY ARC and all the generous donors who keep the lights on in Indian Lake.