AN EVENING AT THE MOVIES
*New for Neurotrauma 2019
Please join us for our FREE nightly “Evening at the Movies” series. This cinematic series is intended to utilize content from the popular media to help attendees expand their knowledge and understanding regarding priorities, challenges, biases and needs facing individuals with brain and spinal cord injury related disability. At a personal level, this “Evening at the Movies” series will enable attendees to explore their common humanity in the face of injury-related disability and through the power of inclusion and resilience. The series is also intended to provide historical perspective on some of the 20th century’s life changing advancements in pre-hospital management as well as clinical and rehabilitation care for those with brain and spinal cord related disability. Each screening will be staffed by volunteer facilitators to introduce each film. After the screening, the audience is invited to participate in an informal, moderated discussion on how issues raised in the movie inform current neurotrauma knowledge, research, and technology advancements. Complimentary snacks will be provided.
SUNDAY - BREATHE
Director Andy Serkis brings to life his own parents’ inspiring true love story (between Robin and Diana Cavendish played by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of devastating disability after surviving polio at the height of its 20th Century Epidemic. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling, and devoting their lives to advocacy for functional independence and community integration of other polio survivors. The work brings historical perspective to the importance and advancements in assistive technology that impact neurotrauma survivors today.
MONDAY - THE RIDER
Based on his own true story, Brady Jandreau stars as himself as a once rising talent of the rodeo circuit, who was warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Upon returning to his rural home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his life, Brady searches for new identity and tries to redefine for himself what is meaningful in life and what it means to be a man in rural America. “Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” is the kind of rare work that seems to attain greatness through an almost alchemical fusion of nominal opposites. An account of rodeo riders on a South Dakota reservation, it is so fact-based that it almost qualifies as a documentary. Yet the film’s style, its sense of light and landscape and mood, simultaneously give it the mesmerizing force of the most confident cinematic poetry.” - Roger Ebert
TUESDAY - FREEDOM HOUSE
The story of Freedom House is the birth of the paramedic system as it is used today. It is a Pittsburgh story of innovation and triumph that also clashed with issues around racism, inequity, and inclusion during the civil rights movement. The Freedom House Paramedics Program was pioneered in the inner city of Pittsburgh because the city had no way to get emergency medical care to its most crime infested, low-income neighborhood, the Hill District. The concept of on-site medical care was pioneered by Dr. Peter Safar and his protégé Dr. Nancy Caroline through a pilot program to train the "unemployable" black men from the streets and turn them into a service which the whole world now takes for granted: Emergency Medical Services. What most thought was going to be a folly went the other way and, within short order, these paramedics became living urban legends.