Chatham News

Special screening of the documentary Rachel is to be held on March 15

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH (February 28, 2011) … The challenge of caring for a intellectually-disabled sibling who also wants to gain her own independence lies at the heart of “Rachel is,” a documentary about Rachel Glynn’s last year in school as chronicled by her sister, Charlotte. The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) program At Chatham University will sponsor a free screening of “Rachel is” and panel discussion on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Eddy Theatre on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. For more information call 412-365-1878 or email

Filmed in Pittsburgh, “Rachel is” not only peers into Rachel’s life and travails but also allows Charlotte to see her sister in a new light from behind the camera lens. The movie is Charlotte Glynn’s directorial debut and presents intimate moments of her family’s life as Rachel wants to be self-sufficient but can’t be left alone, which pushes Rachel’s relationship with her mother Jane to the breaking point. The producers note that ““Rachel is” is an honest, heartbreaking, and funny film about parenthood, disability, and the universal struggle for happiness.”

Rachel’s mother, Jane Bernstein, is a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University; Rachel’s sister, Charlotte is director/producer and spend her formative years in Pittsburgh before moving to Los Angeles and later, New York; and producer Henry J. Simonds is a Pittsburgh native and member of Chatham’s Board of Trustees.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics was originally established in 1998 as the Center for Women in Politics in Pennsylvania through the generosity of The Hillman Foundation, Inc and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. Reconceived and endowed by The Hillman Foundation Inc. as The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy in 2003, the Center remains the first to focus specifically on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania. The Center seeks to increase the level of political participation of women in Pennsylvania through its mission of education, public service, and research, and conducts training programs in applied politics, offers a variety of community and educational programs and combines policy analysis with public activism to advance the status of women on the public agenda across the Commonwealth. The Center engages women in experiential learning activities including internships, mentoring programs, advocacy work and volunteer activities, and provides women of all ages with the information and skills to be politically active in society and to be candidates for public office.

About Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q)
The Chatham University IM4Q Program began in 1999 with its main goal focused on improving the lives of individuals with developmental and/ or intellectual disabilities. The program originated as a result of recommendations made by Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs and the Planning Advisory Committee. Chatham University was selected as one of the pilot programs in the Commonwealth. Since the inception of the program, Chatham IM4Q staff have conducted nearly 10,000 interviews of individuals with developmental disabilities. The program serves individuals who receive services throughout Allegheny, Greene, and Washington Counties. These interviews have helped develop a knowledge base about the overall quality of life for people who receive support through Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and have had significant impact that has helped improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Chatham University IM4Q Program operates independently of, but in conjunction with, administrative county offices from the tri-county region. IM4Q outcomes have been the focus of several national presentations and publications.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit