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In observance of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, the CDA is hosting a free screening of the 90-minute documentary “A Friend Indeed – The Bill Sackter Story,” along with a Q&A with filmmaker Lane Wyrick.
A FRIEND INDEED – THE BILL SACKTER STORY
Abandoned in a mental institution at age 7, Bill Sackter would never see his family again. When he was released 44 years later, a chance meeting with a young college student (Barry Morrow) changed his life forever.
Bill became the harmonica-playing proprietor of Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop, located within the The University of Iowa School of Social Work and his upbeat personality soon got him noticed. Even though he couldn’t read or write, he deeply embraced every moment and every relationship. All he needed was a second chance.
Bill’s life story spread throughout the country when Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid starred in the highly successful, Emmy Award-winning TV movie “Bill” (1981) which dramatized Bill and Barry’s relationship. It was a landmark production that forever changed the world’s perception of people with disabilities.
A FRIEND INDEED – THE BILL SACKTER STORY is filmmaker Lane Wyrick’s inspiring documentary about hope, compassion, and the power of friendship.
Using actual photos, film and video footage of Bill Sackter (taken by Morrow in the 1970s and 1980s) along with Wyrick’s newly filmed interviews with people closest to Bill, A FRIEND INDEED has been praised for its authenticity and rich emotion.
Even if you have never heard of Bill Sackter, by the end of the documentary you will know him like a close friend.
It’s an entertaining true story for the whole family that will touch your heart, bring you to tears, and ultimately leave you inspired.