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2h 12m | Biography, Comedy
The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Opens December 25
58m | Documentary
Please join the Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (LexSEPTA/LexSEPAC), Lexington Commission on Disability, Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue for a screening of the film:
with discussion after the film moderated by
Joe Petner, PhD
Thursday, January 17th, 2019, 7:00-9:00 PM (Snow Date: Thursday, January 24th)
Location: Lexington Venue, 1794 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420
Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/LexingtonIncludingSamuel. Space is limited.
About the Film
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.
The film has been screened at universities, national conferences, public television stations, and independent theaters across the country. Including Samuel has also been featured on NPR’s "All Things Considered," "Good Morning America," as well as in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. The film won the Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. It has also screened at the Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston International Film Festival, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Moscow International Disability Film Festival, and won the “Excellence Award” from Superfest International Film Festival in Berkeley, CA. Film Website: https://www.includingsamuel.com/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6SRjD_9AnI.
About the Moderator
Dr. Joe Petner’s career in public education has spanned 51 years. He recently retired from his positions as Education Program Director, Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University, Wheelock College, and the Boston Teacher Residency Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As Principal of the Haggerty Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was involved in building a new school facility and the development of a whole school model of inclusion. Dr. Petner collaborated with filmmaker Dan Habib on his award-winning documentary Including Samuel.
In 1989 he became Principal of the Haggerty Elementary School, a position he retired from in July 2007. As an early childhood educator, he has served on the Cambridge Council for Children, the Cambridge Early Childhood Council, and the Kindergarten Entry Age Task Force.
Dr. Petner is currently working with the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education in the role of a support facilitator with the Statewide System of Support in the Greater Boston Region. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Federation for Children with Special Needs and is an Intergenerational Math Tutor for the Cambridge School Volunteers.
Opens January 17View showtimes
1h 10m | Documentary
Sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (LexSEPTA/LexSEPAC), Lexington Commission on Disability, Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue: Thursday, April 11th, 2019, 7:00-9:00 PM Location: Lexington Venue, 1794 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/LexingtonIntelligentLives. Space is limited.
About the Film
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. Film Website: https://intelligentlives.org/ Trailer: https://intelligentlives.org/trailer
About the Moderator
Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, M.Ed., is an Emmy award winning documentary film maker and was a Consulting Producer for “Intelligent Lives”. She is a disability rights advocate, public speaker and the mother of three children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome. Since her daughter’s birth in 2007, she has become a spokesperson on disability and civil rights issues. She has been interviewed nationally by TIME magazine, CBS News, USA Today, HBO, ABC, Japanese Public Broadcasting (NHK), National Public Radio, Fox News and the BBC. She recently wrote an article chronicling the journey of parents as advocates, which was published as the cover story for the Harvard Education Magazine in 2017: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/18/05/parents-advocates. Melanie is currently a graduate teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Education in Dr Tom Hehir’s course “Implementing Inclusive Education”. She was an inaugural Allen C. Crocker Fellow with Boston Children’s Hospital and the Institute of Community Inclusion and is the co-chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of The Federation of Children with Special Needs. Melanie has a Masters degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s degree in Communication / Media and Human Services from Fitchberg State College.
Opens April 11View showtimes