Reel Eyes 2009

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Reel Eyes is a showcase of films by and about people with disabilities that occurs in the spring. 2009 is the sixth year this event will take place. The lineup typically includes films from popular culture as well as documentaries from the DSS Lending Library.

Films will be shown in Anchorage on March 20th and 21st. Titles will include:

Anchorage Campus in SSB 251 March 20-21 1pm on 3/20 - Disabling Imagery

3pm on 3/20 - Station Agent

1pm on 3/21 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

3pm on 3/21 Radio

Matanuska-Susitna College Campus March 23-24

Mercury Rising

A Beautiful Mind

Prince William Sound Community College Campus March 28-30

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Misunderstood Minds

Benny and Joon

Breaking the Dark Horse

Kenai Peninsula College Campus April 15-16

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Station Agent

The Diving Bell and the ButterflyTHE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
At the age of 43 Elle France magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body except his left eye. He used a blinking code to write his memoir and eloquently described his life from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands hed only visited in his mind. In French and English with English subtitles

Golden Globe WInner - Best Picture of the Year

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly will be shown in Anchorage, Valdez, and Soldotna


Finbar McBride is a young man affected with dwarfism who has just lost his best friend and seeks a life of solitude in an abandoned train station. That plan is blighted by the daily appearance of a cast of characters including a friendly and talkative hot dog vendor and an artist coping with the death of her son whose interactions with Finbar show him that none of us ever truly want to be alone.

Sundance Film Festival Award Winner

Station Agent will be shown in Anchorage and Soldotna


Based on real life events, this thoughtful film follows the unusual relationship of high school football coach Harold Jones and a local man named Radio who is illiterate and mentally challenged.  Radio was long the target of joke by the community but their attitudes are changed when they see his growth under the coach’s guidance.   The two began a relationship in a small town in South Carolina in 1964 and that has amazingly continued through to today.

Radio will be shown in Anchorage


An orphaned nine year-old becomes the target of assassins after inadvertently deciphering a top-secret government military code. Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis), an outcast FBI agent, is the only person able to protect the boy from Lt. Colonel Nicholas Kudrow (Alec Baldwin), the National Security agent assigned to unveil the source of the code’s leak.

Mercury Rising will be shown in Palmer


A beautiful mindA BEAUTIFUL MIND
This film, based on the true story of John Forbes Nash Jr. - a math prodigy able to solve nearly impossible problems - shows his rise and fall through a harrowing time of schizophrenia. Nash made an astonishing discovery early in his career, but before he could take on the trappings of international fame he found himself on a painful journey of self-discovery. This internal struggle lasted many years as Nash walked the tightrope of madness and genius and ultimately triumphed in this true story of human survival. With the help of his wife and colleagues he went on to win the Nobel Prize.

A Beautiful Mind will be shown in Palmer


As many as one in five families are coping with children who struggle to learn. Many of these children don't fit any clinical diagnosis, but for some reason, they aren't learning. Though these children may be suffering from debilitating learning problems, they are often mistakenly called "lazy" or "stupid" by teachers, classmates, and even by their families. But learning specialists believe that they now possess a key that will ultimately help struggling students, their parents, and teachers better identify and manage learning problems, each mind works differently and has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Misunderstood Minds illustrates the emerging view that specific identification and customized management of learning problems is the key to success for the millions of children struggling in school. Misunderstood Minds features leading experts in the field of learning problems, including Mel Levine, M.D., G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and Richard D. Lavoie.

Misunderstood Minds will be shown in Valdez


Benny and JoonBENNY AND JOON
Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) is a mentally ill woman who lives with her overprotective brother Benny (Aidan Quinn). A dyslexic loner, Sam (Johnny Depp), who admires Buster Keaton, charms Joon, but faces the challenge of approval from her brother.

Benny and Joon will be shown in Valdez


This powerful and moving documentary depicts Mindy in her lifelong struggle with mental illness. Mindy is a manic depressive who tends to move from one extreme to the other quickly. She and her family share their experiences about learning to live with Mindy's illness.

Breaking the Dark Horse will be shown in Valdez

Check back soon for the complete details on film selections, dates, and locations.


Reel Eyes Credit Offering

PSY A112 is a Psychology Short Course tied to the Reel Eyes Showcase. It is a late starting 1 credit offering.

Click here to view the syllabus for this course.

Click here for a printable flyer for this course.