Pleasantville, NY – January 27, 2014 – The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville will host a special one night screening of Dad’s in Heaven with Nixon on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm followed by a Q&A and reception. The film is a true story of triumph and tragedy across three generations. Filmmaker Tom Murray’s brother Chris suffered brain damage at birth and was subsequently diagnosed as autistic. As their mother unites the family to maximize Chris’ potential, his father, a charismatic entrepreneur with issues of his own, refuses to participate.
Q&A will follow the screening with Catherine
Lord, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at NewYork-Presbyterian
Hospital, Ilene Lainer, Executive
Director, New York Collaborates for Autism, and moderated by Sheryl Frishman, Esq., co-president of
Pleasantville SEPTA. Afterwards, join us for a reception upstairs in the Jane
Tickets are $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers) and can be purchased online or at the JBFC box office which opens at noon on weekdays and 11:00 am on weekends. Tickets are also available through SEPTA’s website.
Pleasantville Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is a
district-wide Parent Teacher Association organized for the specific purpose of
providing information and support to parents and caregivers of children with
special needs, including those with 504 plans or IEP’s, receiving RTI or
general building level support. Our mission is to create a true sense of
community for all families of children with disabilities, from EI and CPSE
through high school to age 21. SEPTA sponsors speakers, parent gatherings,
library resources, and educational programs in an effort to create a true
parent support, community network.
New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) is a
non-profit organization founded in 2003 dedicated to creating innovative
replicable programs that address the needs of individuals and families living
with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) right now. NYCA accelerates change
in the way autism services are provided by identifying national leaders to help
shape state-of-the-art programs, partnering with leading community-based
organizations, providing technical expertise, assisting in early stage
management and raising seed money for these initiatives. NYCA develops comprehensive,
evidence-based community services and resources that are nationally
recognized. NYCA is responsible for the
creation of the NYCA Charter School, Hunter College Autism Research, Practice
and Policy Center, BOOST! after school programs, Project SEARCH Collaborates
for Autism and the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, a collaboration
with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its affiliated medical schools of
Columbia and Weill Cornell. NYCA sees
the possibilities for people with ASD and creates the path to achieve them.
The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy, and making film a vibrant part of the community. Located on a 47,500 sq. foot, three-building campus in the center of Pleasantville, the JBFC is just 30 miles outside of New York City. Since the opening in 2001, over 2,000,000 people have seen over 5,400 films from more than 40 countries The campus includes the 27,000 sq. foot Media Arts Lab, the JBFC’s state-of-the-art education center, a creative and educational community for storytellers in the digital age, offering one-time workshops, intensive courses, and weekend programs for children and adults of all ages.