Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 pm
St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Nancy Andrews has been making intuitive, idiosyncratic, hybrid films for many years, rendered with her characteristic humor and inhabited by imaginative characters who are at times visionary but always social misfits. Her two new films, “On a Phantom Limb” and “Behind the Eyes are the Ears,” continue in this tradition, but here the artist focuses on the self and her own states of consciousness. A critical illness in 2005 plunged her deeper into an exploration of the unknown, the invisible, the what-lies-beyond.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the artist, as well as Dr. Anne Hallward, and Lizz Sinclair.
Dr. Anne Hallward is a Board certified psychiatrist in Portland, Maine. She trained at Harvard Medical School, and served on the faculty at Harvard, teaching at Cambridge Hospital, before moving to Maine. Her interest in creating space for open conversation about difficult subjects began in her teens when she noticed that very few adults seemed to be talking about intimate or difficult subjects. While at Harvard, she taught classes on Death and Dying, Human Sexuality, Psychiatric Interviewing, Psychotherapy and Cultural Competence.
Lizz Sinclair has been a Program Officer for the Maine Humanities Council since 1999, directing the Let’s Talk About It program for libraries and organizing Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care®. With Literature & Medicine she works closely with healthcare professionals, scholars and colleagues at other humanities councils in her role as a trainer and mentor for the program in Maine and nationally. Lizz is the editor of Synapse, Literature & Medicine’s e-zine and can be found painting when not at the Council.
Filmmaker Biography - Nancy Evelyn Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings, music, writings, props and objects. She is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in filmmaking (2008). Her work has been presented at festivals, screenings and museums internationally. The Museum of Modern Art has collected six of Andrews’ experimental films. Andrews is currently on faculty at the College of the Atlantic.