Reel Eyes 2005

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Films were shown in Soldotna and Anchorage in 2005. In Anchorage both Out North Contemporary Film House and UAA featured films. The UAA lineup included three separate showings. Each on a Tuesday evening in March.

March 1, 2005

Mental Health and College Students

  • First Break

First break: the first episode of mental illness in a person's life.  For most people diagnosed with mental illness, their first episode occurs in their late teens or early twenties.  It can be a terrifying, disorienting experience.  For the making of First Break, three young adults and their families courageously come forward and illuminate, with compelling candor, their personal experiences.  Over one-year period, Simon, Ariadne and Shely allow us to share in the ongoing challenge of living with a diagnosis of mental illness, and its impact on their self-identities and family relationships.  As a result, we are provided with a valuable perspective on the hopes, frustrations, and achievements of three young adults whose lives have been dramatically changed by a first break.  Engaging, honest and compassionate, this film dispels the myths and questions the stigma attached to mental illness while offering a powerful portrait of coping. 51 minutes.

Handouts from the National Mental Health Association include:

March 8, 2005

Artists and Performers

  • Greg Walloch's F**k the Disabled

F**k the Disabled is part documentary, part concert film and part traditional comedy starringNew Yorkstand-up comedian Greg Walloch. Featuring appearances by Stephen Baldwin, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Michael Musto and many more. The film chronicles Greg's performances, his life, and his daily trips to and from his apartment inHarlem. Add to this mix the fact that much of Greg's act is based on his being openly gay and disabled and you have the makings for some of the most timely, provocative, honest and witty material in comedy. Politically incorrect, politically challenging and politically untouchable, Greg Walloch will make the viewer question the term "disabled," as this gifted performer pokes fun at religion, society, his friends and himself. 83 minutes.

Handouts from the International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers

March 15, 2005

International Brain Awareness Week

  • The Secret Life of the Brain
  • When the Brain Goes Wrong

The Secret Life of the Brain

The mystery begins in the womb four weeks into gestation. 500,000 brain cells are forming every minute. Eventually, there will be billions of cells and trillions of links, with every cell finding its place and every link carefully organized. How does this happen? Renowned filmmaker David Grubin draws on neuroscience's leading researchers and latest discoveries for answers. This series explores the startling new map of the brain that has emerged from the past decade of neuroscience and shares a revelatory view of this most complex organ. Narrated by actress Blair Brown, the series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary and cutting-edge animation. Viewers will not only learn startling new truths about the brain, they will voyage inside it. 300 minutes total – selected portions will be shown.

When the Brain Goes Wrong

The brain is powerful, complex and mysterious. To function correctly, it relies on a delicate balance of chemical and electrical activity. When this balance is upset, the resulting dysfunction can wreak havoc with otherwise "normal" lives. Originally produced for an exhibit atPhiladelphia's Franklin Institute, this is an extraordinary and provocative series of seven short, self-contained portraits (each under eight minutes) of individual with a range of brain disorders: schizophrenia, manic depression, epilepsy, stroke, head injury, addiction, and headaches. In addition to their personal stories, which give viewers a vivid sense of what it is like to live with these conditions, the segments each feature interviews with physicians who provide an overview of what is known about the disorder, and what can be done to help those who have it. the modular structure of the series lends itself to a variety of uses. 45 minutes total – selected portions will be shown.