Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw to screen 3/15 & 19 — Filmmaker to speak

Mind/Game intimately chronicles the struggle with depression and bipolar disease experienced by star basketball player, Chamique Holdsclaw. She was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan” and seemed destined for a spectacular professional career as a 3-time NCAA champion and number one draft pick in the WNBA.


When her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders became apparent and began to affect her playing, she decided to go public with her condition, and in the process became a mental health advocate. She went on to face dramatic, unexpected challenges to her own recovery.

Mind/Game, produced by Rick Goldsmith and narrated by Glenn Close, tells her powerful story of courage, struggle, and redemption. Goldsmith will speak about the film at the Piedmont screening.

As unique as Chamique’s journey is, it reflects the challenges faced by millions of individuals and families who are dealing with similar issues. The Appreciating Diversity Film Series presents this important documentary that explores the intersection of athletic stardom and mental health.

FREE screenings in both Piedmont and Oakland:

Wednesday, March 15

Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont

Reception at 6:30 PM, screening 7 – 8 PM

followed by community discussion with filmmaker Rick Goldsmith

Sunday, March 19

New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

Screening 3 PM, followed by community discussion

Alive Inside


Free screenings of the Sundance award-winning documentary, “Alive Inside,” will be presented on December 7 at the Ellen Driscoll Playhouse in Piedmont, and on December 10 at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland.

The film features the work of social worker Dan Cohen, and his determination to address dementia with music. One by one, we are introduced to a series of elderly people who’ve barely said a word in years, who don’t recognize their own children, who do nothing but sit in their nursing homes with little or no interaction with others. Then Cohen provides them with iPods filled with the music of their youth and suddenly they become gloriously happy and alive. The Los Angeles Times calls the film, “…joyous, unexpectedly uplifting…its power is indisputable…”

Current trends in care for persons with dementia have become less medical and more focused on the whole person.   Individualized music has entered the picture as more caregivers see the impact it can have for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Cohen and others discuss how mainly economic barriers in the healthcare system prevent music and other non-traditional therapies from gaining wider use.   As one gerontologist says, “the money spent on drugs dwarfs what it would take to deliver personal music to every patient in America.” Because music doesn’t count as a medical interaction, “an inexpensive personal music system takes a lot more paperwork than a thousand-dollar antidepression pill.”

The screenings will also feature discussion sessions with Grace Liu, Site Director for the East Bay Alzheimer’s Association, as well as suggestions for how caregivers and family members can get involved in providing personalized music to patients.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont.

Free reception at 6:30 PM, screening at 7:00 PM,  discussion at 8:15 PM.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland

Screening at 3pm, discussion at 4:15pm

Loving Lampposts

Autism has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 20 years. A recent CDC study of 11 US communities found that one in 68 children has autism, and debates abound about how families, schools and communities can best respond. Loving Lampposts represents a part of the debate: is autism an illness to be cured, or is it a variation of the human brain – a different way to be human?

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series and PRAISE (Piedmonters for Resources, Advocacy and Information in Special Education) are bringing Loving Lampposts for another FREE Film Series screening. The goal is to broaden discussion in the East Bay of both autism and the wider neurodiversity movement, which urges both the acceptance and inclusion of individuals who are neurodiverse in society. PRAISE President Liz Fitzgerald and member Ann Van Gelder will participate in the pre- and post-screening conversation, along with other members of the community.

Please join us in learning more.

Piedmont: Wednesday,
 October 22, 2014
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont

6:30 pm: Reception
7:00 pm: Screening
8:30 pm: Q&A with PRAISE representatives

Oakland: Saturday, October 25
New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland
3:00 pm

Lives Worth Living

A film by Eric Neudel
In Piedmont March 13 and Oakland March 19.

It’s been 23 years since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Today, we take for granted the curb cuts that allow wheelchairs to roll, buses that lower to bring on the disabled, and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, among many other changes. The Act mandated all these accommodations — because before this, the disabled were on their own.

Lives Worth Living shows us the struggle for visibility and access by disabled people in the United States. The movement started here in Berkeley and spread across the country.

The film features Fred Fay, a quadriplegic who refused to live on the sidelines just because he couldn’t walk, and Ed Roberts, who fought for access to UC Berkeley and started the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley — and the Ed Roberts Campus now commemorates his life’s work

Lives Worth Living is told as an oral history, using archival footage. We see protestors climb from wheelchairs and drag themselves courageously up courthouse steps; we watch as quadriplegic activists maneuver their chairs in front of public buses that are not equipped to accommodate them.  The film ends with the dramatic battle for the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in America’s history. The thousands of individuals who came together to change attitudes and laws demonstrated the power of humanity, cooperation, and self-determination, and what can be accomplished against seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

TWO FREE screenings:

1.   Wednesday, March 13, 2013
@ Ellen Driscoll Theater (Havens Elementary School)

325 Highland Ave / Piedmont 94611
6:30 PM Doors open: Reception | 7 PM Film | 8 – 9 PM Discussion

2. Tuesday, March 19, 2013
@ The New Parkway
474  24th Street / Oakland 94612

6:30 pm

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