Three Wednesdays: October 17 - 31
SIFF Film Center
$45 | $40 Members
Movies can simplify or dignify those wrestling with fear, grief, anxiety, and depression. This series will explore psychological cinema, from how we've treated mental illness (in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Lars and the Real Girl) to how obsessions can take a dangerous turn (in Vertigo and Safe). We will conclude on Halloween Night with two imaginative cult classics that explore the monsters that bedevil us, Donnie Darko and The Babadook. Special guests will include local therapists and psychology professors who employ artful cinema within their practices.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975) and Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 2007)
Special Guest: Stephanie Neill, PsyD
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) and Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)
Special Guest: J.L. Spohr, local novelist
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001) and The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
Special Guest: Roy Barsness, PhD
A familiarity, and preferably recent viewing, with these films will provide the best outcomes for students in this course. There are no required readings but suggested readings may be emailed in advance of specific classes.
About the Instructor:
Filmmaker, author, and educator Craig Detweiler is president of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Belltown. He has written comedies for the Disney Channel and directed documentaries featured on ABC. Angela Bassett narrated his 2017 doc, Remand. Variety honored Craig as their 2016 "Mentor of the Year." Detweiler's cultural commentary has been featured on CNN, NPR, and in The Wall Street Journal. His books include iGods: How Technology Shapes our Spiritual and Social Lives and Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top-Ranked films of the 21st Century.