Photo: Filmmaker Giancarlo Iannotta says Julie D’Agostino, who has cystic fibrosis and received a double lung transplant, has remained upbeat despite her health problems. He would like his film about her to appear on TV. (Andrew A. Nelles, Chicago Tribune / July 5, 2012)
On Monday, the 19-year-old will star in her own story when it premieres on the big screen at the York Theatre in Elmhurst.
The 40-minute film "Miracle on South Street: The Julie D Story" tells how Julie has been fighting the inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, causing the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs lungs, makes it difficult to breathe and leads to lung infections.
The documentary-style film was directed by Giancarlo Iannotta, who grew up near D'Agostino in Elmhurst and was there when she returned home after receiving a double lung transplant in October.