The Flowering of a Child With Disabilities: Meet Micah

This video by Ron Taylor (1998, 58 min.) shows how an artist can run into trouble making works about his own children, whose images can't carry the same meaning for viewers as they do for him. It chronicles the family's efforts to raise a child with cerebral palsy, and though Micah's perpetual smile is appealing as he learns to walk and swim, the video has too little structure and too many sappy moments. Jonah Has A Rainbow (1982, 15 min.), codirected with Judith Bea, tells the touching but predictable story of a premature son: images of the sickly baby are accompanied by gloomy piano, but the music turns bouncy when the child, grown healthy, appears on a camping trip. When Micah sings for the camera in Micah's Hello Moon (10 min.), one can root for him without enjoying his performance. (FC) Also on the program: a 15-to-20-minute excerpt from Taylor's 1975 film Suckalo; Taylor will attend the screening, the opening program of Chicago Filmmakers' fall schedule.

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