Iowa Disability Film Festival Presents: A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story

Mar 22, 2024

06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

FilmScene (Chauncey)

404 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Bill Sackter, an elderly man with a big bushy gray beard, smiles as he holds up a wooden sign that says Wild Bill's Coffee 25 cents and grill. He is wearing a plaid shirt and a train engineer-style cap.

Abandoned in an institution for 44 years, Bill Sackter would never see his family again. Forgotten and alone, Bill's life changed through the help and friendship of a young college student, Barry Morrow, and a caring community. With a harmonica, a warm cup of coffee, and an incredible embrace of life, witness the transformation of the real Bill Sackter from a neglected individual to a national hero for people with disabilities.

This documentary will be presented with open captions and ASL interpreters for the introduction and post-screening discussion with filmmaker Lane Wyrick and panelists.

Admission tickets can be purchased online through FilmScene.
Cost: pay-what-you-can.

Directed by Lane Wyrick, 90 minutes, 2008. Not rated. Language: English.

FilmScene, in partnership with ReelAbilities and the University of Iowa Libraries, Therapeutic Recreation, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Council on Disability Awareness, and School of Social Work, is proud to present the first annual Iowa Disability Film Festival. This festival showcases award winning films by and about people with disabilities with engaging programs that bring together communities to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Grant funding for the Iowa Disability Film Festival generously provided by the Community Foundation of Johnson County and the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

This screening is part of extended exhibition programming for a recent Main Library Gallery exhibition, Hey Buddy, I'm Bill. Visit the exhibition website to learn more and take a virtual tour of this past exhibit.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at