Psychiatrists and their guests are invited to a night at the movies at the
American Psychiatric Foundation's first Film Fest. It will be held Monday, May
23, at 7 p.m. in the Sheraton Atlanta's Grand Ballroom during APA's 2005
The featured attraction is a Cannes Film Festival winner, "The Son's
Room," an intimate portrayal of a psychoanalyst grappling with grief and
loss and its impact on both his family and psychiatry practice. The film will
be followed by a discussion moderated by Steven Hyler, M.D., a clinical
professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and
Surgeons. Light refreshments will be served.
The film, released by Miramax, won Best Picture at the 2001 Cannes Film
Festival and received critical acclaim worldwide.
"`The Son's Room,' presented in Italian with English subtitles, is a
particularly appropriate and compelling work for an international audience of
psychiatrists," said Altha J. Stewart, M.D., president of the American
Hyler worked closely with the foundation to develop the Psychiatry Film
Fest. "Psychiatrists are an ongoing subject of fascination in films and
television from the `Silence of the Lambs' to `Ordinary People' to the
`Sopranos,'" said Hyler. "I am so pleased to be able to bring this
film to the APA annual meeting, particularly because as a foreign film, it was
shown on a more limited basis."
Commented Stewart, "With its focus on the experience of loss by a
psychiatrist, the film probes important questions about the interrelationship
between the personal life of a psychiatrist and its impact on his or her
practice. The foundation is very pleased to expand its program in 2005 to
offer this special evening, as it presents a unique avenue for accomplishing
the foundation's educational mission."
The Psychiatry Film Fest is supported by an unrestricted educational grant
from Pfizer Inc. ▪