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Reel Mind Film & Theatre Series

The Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series is underway. It features films and performances that address the stigma attached to mental illness and behavior disorders, while providing messages of hope.

One of the films in this year's lineup is the documentary, Deej; it tells the story of David James Savarese, a non-speaking young man with autism. Savarese joins us in studio to share his remarkable journey and the challenges he has overcome. Plus, we get a look at what's next in the series. Our guests: 

  • Dr. Larry Guttmacher, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and co-director of the Reel Mind Film series
  • David James Savarese, poet, co-producer of Deej, and advocate for people with autism 
  • Dr. Lori Jeanne Peloquin, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lynne Fisher, education program administrator for NAMI-Rochester

Different is the "New Normal"

May 13, 2013
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A film series created to address the social stigmas of mental illness kicks-off its 5th season on Tuesday.

The Reel Mind Film & Theatre Series features films on mental illness, addiction and brain disorders while providing a message of hope that recovery is possible. Each film is followed by a question and answer session led by noted community psychiatrists, consumers and visiting filmmakers. The series begins with the screening of "In a Dream" at the Memorial Art Gallery.