SOURCE: Snow City Arts

December 12, 2008 10:42 ET

"The Day the Earth Stood Still": Snow City Arts Helps Hospitalized Children Put It in Perspective

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - For one group of children, the re-release of the big-budget, major motion picture, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is almost anti-climactic. It's been more than one month since the pediatric artists of Snow City Arts celebrated the hospital premier of their adaptation of the 1951 Science Fiction classic at Rush University Medical Center. A work of art, their version is in re-release for new pediatric patients at the hospital every day beginning Friday, December 12.

"The opportunity to adapt their hospital environment and insert themselves into a highly creative movie-making event, allowed our young artists to step outside their illness," remarked Sadia Uqaili, Director of Artistic Programming, Snow City Arts. "Beyond providing a respite, their movie adaptation stands alone as deeply artistic and insightful presentation of the original."

Artists-in-residence from Snow City Arts worked with more than 80 pediatric patients in two hospitals, over 8 months of studying, writing, planning, filming and editing to create the 30-minute adaptation of "The Day the Earth Stood Still." A "trailer" of the movie can be found on

Collaborating with Chicago's Smart Museum, Snow City Arts introduced children to the art of the movie adaptation, exploring different genres and approaches to movie making.

"Our young patients are very talented. They worked very hard with the artists-in-residence to script, storyboard, act and edit the movie," said Robyn Hart, director of child life services at Rush Children's Hospital. "We are so pleased that Snow City Arts continues to give our patients, who are hospitalized, the opportunity to continue to learn and grow."

Each year, more than 40,000 pediatric patients regularly miss school due to their illness. Snow City Arts is a non-profit foundation dedicated to bringing arts education to chronically ill pediatric patients, helping bridge the educational gap. In addition to studies in cinema, Snow City Arts' pediatric patients explore literature, poetry, painting, art history, videography, music, and drawing. Snow City Arts provides artists-in-residence workshops at Rush Children's Hospital, The John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Children's Memorial Hospital at no cost to the participant; and, relies solely on private donations and grants.

Snow City Arts invites movie lovers to view the adaptation on its website, The full-length adaptation is available on DVD for a donation to Snow City Arts to help the organization continue its mission. For more information about Snow City Arts' adaptation, please call 312-942-6991.

Contact Information

  • For Media Inquiry:
    Anne Waliczek
    Snow City Arts