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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will host the award-winning film “Snapshots,” starring Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams and Brett Drier, at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Written by former Sioux City resident Jan Miller Corran, the 95-minute film is based on a true story about the writer’s mother.

“When a grandmother's secret past collides with her granddaughter's secret future and her daughter's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit? With a simple roll of film it begins,” says the screenwriter.

“Snapshots” has received numerous awards, including: the 2018 American Movie Award for Best picture, Narrative Feature; and the 2018 Auckland International Film Festival Award for Best Film.

The LGBTQ community hopes the showing of this film will encourage progress toward: all people being treated with dignity and respect; all communities becoming free of violence and abuse; and all people living full, healthy and interconnected lives.

Corran has been an award-winning producer of more than 20 films since 1995. In 2018 she added writer to her resume with her screenplay for “Snapshots.” Prior to “Snapshots” she was best known as producer of “I’ll See You in My Dreams” starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott, as well as numerous documentary and feature films.

She came to Sioux City as a new bride in 1969. Her children attended Clark Elementary School; her daughter graduated from North High School before the family moved to the San Francisco Bay area.

While living in Sioux City, psychologist Corran taught at Morningside College and was a program director at the AID Center. In California she served as a director and/or CEO of mental health facilities before leaving that profession and pursuing filmmaking full time.