Oct 22, 2015
Directed by Harvey Hubbell V
Rated Not Rated, 83 min.
Underwritten by PC Reads
Part of the Reel Community Series
Emmy award-winning filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V and his crew explore the unique nature of how each of us learn. Join Hubbell, dyslexic superstars Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Pantoliano, world-renowned brain scientists and researchers, students and advocates as they join a movement to revolutionize education. Find out what it’s like to have your brain scanned inside an fMRI and visit with a group of dyslexic researchers in the jungles of Costa Rica, all the while following Hubbell through his days of growing up dyslexic before many had even heard of the word. Through the non-linear brain of Hubbell, his lens captures the otherwise complex issues of learning differences in a manner that allows the audience to recognize the differences and honor the gifts in all of us. This is social awareness with a heart. Film will be followed by a panel discussion including Jack Amiel, Ari Ioannides & Alex Hall (PCHS '12) who will share their experiences living with dyslexia and child neuropsychologist, Jenise Jensen, Ph.D.
Raised in Manhattan, Jack Amiel sporadically attended the prestigious Ethical Culture and Fieldston Schools and eventually went on to underachieve at the University of Wisconsin, where he met his writing partner, Michael Begler. Jack and Michael worked on the staffs of numerous network sitcoms, while also writing pilots for all the major networks. They made their break into features, writing “Raising Helen,” “The Prince and Me,” “The Shaggy Dog,” and “Big Miracle.” In 2013, Jack and Michael created and wrote the pilot for “The Knick.” Season One was directed by Steven Soderbergh and starred Clive Owen. The show premiered to critical acclaim and won The AFI Award, The Peabody, and has received 5 Emmy nominations. Season Two premieres October 16th. Now living happily in Park City, Utah, with his wife and two sons, Jack can usually be found sleeping during the day, and writing through the night.
Ari Ioannides has more than 30 years experience solving complex computer problems. In 1988, Mr. Ioannides founded what is now Emerald Data Solutions™, Inc., where he helped leading companies like BellSouth and Turner Broadcasting deploy and operate critical, enterprise-level computer systems. Mr. Ioannides pioneered the hardware and software designs for the first “on demand” digital music-playing system used in professional sports. He has also designed and implemented a wide range of Internet solutions, and designed, installed and supported enterprise solutions for some of the nation’s largest manufacturing companies, including Steelcase and Hubbell. His team designed and implemented Georgia’s first online, student performance reporting system. In 2000, Mr. Ioannides developed Emerald Data Solution’s first eGovernance technology for Marietta City Schools in Georgia, and formally launched BoardDocs® nationally in 2002. As the Chief Software Architect of BoardDocs, Mr. Ioannides has been able to enhance the governance process of more than 1,500 local governing bodies by leveraging the power of the Internet to publish and distribute information. Ari was identified as dyslexic at age 12 and his oldest daughter was diagnosed at age 6.
Alex Hall (PCHS '12)
Alex is a senior at the University of Utah, earning a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. He is looking towards postgraduate studies in environmental law. Throughout college, being a part of the Executive Committee of his fraternity and achieving Dean’s List at the U, he says his greatest accomplishment is learning to spell ‘definitely’— although ‘Mississippi’ is a close second.
Dr. Jenise Jensen
Dr Jensen received her doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in pediatric neuropsychology from the University of Utah in 2004. She currently holds an Associate Clinical Professor appointment in the Dept. of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, as well as participates in research and provides trainings on such topics as evaluation and treatment of autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, TBI, carbon monoxide exposure, seizure disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. In her spare time, Dr. Jensen enjoys being outside in Utah’s beautiful mountains and desert, gardening, cooking, and playing with her son, husband, and dog.
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