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The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics and
USC Media Institute for Social Change

Spring Symposium 2016

Mental Illness In Cinema

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tommy's Place
Tutor Campus Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Registration is FREE

Space is limited so prospective attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
RSVP does not guarantee entrance.

Conference Schedule:

You may download the conference schedule in Adobe PDF format.

Light Continental Breakfast available at 9 - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 - 9:40 am

Andrew T. Guzman, Dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law, USC Gould School of Law
Elyn Saks, Director, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
Michael Taylor, Executive Director, USC Media Institute for Social Change


Session 1:

9:40-10:55 am One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Dennie Brooks, MSW
Location Coordinator
Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health Board
Chair Museum's Educational programming

Louise Fletcher
Academy Award winning actress for her role of Nurse Ratched
International Press Academy 2015 Mary Pickford Award for
Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry

Charles Kiselyak
Producer, writer, director of documentary films "Completely Cuckoo"
(making of Cuckoo's Nest), "Fearful Symmetry" (making of To Kill a Mockingbird)

Cynthia Prater, PsyD
Former Coordinator OSH Native American Services, Museum Board
Current Director of Project Able
Member of the Cherokee Nation

Amber Siefried, Educator, Scio High School
Teaches English Literature, using both book and film to discuss current mental health concerns

10:55-11:15 am Break

Session 2:

11:15-12:30 pm Panel of Filmmakers

Adam Salky
Director, "I Smile Back"
Adjunct Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Paige Dylan
Screenwriter, "I Smile Back"

Dennis Palumbo, MA, MFT
Writer and licensed psychotherapist

Lisa Klein
Co-director/writer/producer, "Of Two Minds"

Terri Cheney
Author, Manic and The Dark Side of Innocence

Patricia Cardoso
Director, "La Clave"
Adjunct Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Doe Mayer
Executive Producer, "La Clave"
Professor, Mary Pickford Chair, USC School of Cinematic Arts and
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

12:30-1:40 pm Lunch


Session 3:

1:45-3:00 pm Panel of Film Scholars/Critics

Kenneth Turan
Film critic, Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition
Author, Not to Be Missed: 54 Favorites From A Lifetime of Film

Ellen Seiter
Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Stephen K. Nenno Endowed Chair
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Danny Wedding, PhD, MPH
Author, Movies and Mental Illness
Chair and Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Neuroscience
College of Medicine
American University of Antigua

Toni A. Bell, Documentary Film Researcher
MFA Creative Writing
MA Visual Anthropology Candidate, USC Department of Anthropology

Carmelo Valone, Author and Activist
MFA (Writing & Documentary Strategies)
MSW candidate, USC School of Social Work

Reception After Symposium

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