PELHAM, NY -- The Pelham Interfaith Council (PIC) and the Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley are co-sponsoring a screening of the new film Still Alice, starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, at The Picture House, on Sunday, March 29th, at 4:00 pm. A panel discussion with a moderator from the Alzheimer’s Association and three representatives offering different perspectives on the disease will follow the film. Audience participation will be encouraged.
Still Alice is a well-reviewed and heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes of personal loss and family upheaval with bravery and sensitivity. In the film, Julianne Moore portrays an academic who discovers she has early onset Alzheimers’ Disease. Her stirring performance (which received the Academy Award for Best Actress) provides a window into one person’s painful reaction, coping measures, and above all, courage. The movie also depicts how her illness affects her three children and husband.
Approximately 5.5 million new cases of Alzheimer’s are diagnosed every year in the United States touching almost every family in some way. Laura deBuys, President of The Picture House, commented on the joint sponsorship: “The Pelham Interfaith Council saw the screening of Still Alice as a way to explore issues of human vulnerability and courage under stress, the ties and responsibilities of family, and, as Reverend Noel Vanek said, perhaps even God’s severe grace. We were delighted that the Alzheimer’s Association also wanted to participate in the event as their in-depth knowledge of the issues and challenges surrounding Alzheimer’s disease will bring layers of meaning to this special screening and dialogue.”
More information about Alzheimer’s and avenues for finding assistance can be found at the website of the Alzheimer’s Association - Hudson Valley, NY Chapter: http://www.alz.org/hudsonvalley/
Tickets to the special screening of Still Alice and post-film discussion are $12/general admission, $6/members, $10/students and seniors and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803.
About The Pelham Interfaith Council
The Pelham Interfaith Council is made up of representatives from each of the major religious institutions in Pelham (Our Lady of Perpetual Mercy RC Church, Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Pelham Jewish Center, Christ Church Episcopal, St. Catharine’s Roman Catholic Church, and the Community Church of Pelham United Church of Christ). In addition to the yearly Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, the PIC creates special programs of interest for the general public from time to time.
About the Alzheimer’s Association - Hudson Valley
The Alzheimer’s Association - Hudson Valley, NY Chapter is part of the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Chapter serves the communities of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
About The Picture House
Since 1921, The Picture House has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest, continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Today, after an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, The Picture House shows the best in new, independent and classic cinema and provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science and business of film. The Picture House, a community-based, mission-driven, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York, 10803. Contact us at www.thepicturehouse.org, [email protected], or (914) 738-3161.