Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. in conjunction with Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society, Inc present the 2014-2015 Film Series
Horror films: “Return of the Repressed”
Psychoanalysis is interested in art, such as film, because it assumes two levels of meaning, one manifest, the other hidden. It is the latter unconscious meaning which resonates with the viewer. Horror films, in particular, express the Freudian motivations (drives), and the fear of aggression and libido, which are often communicated in symbols. Some say it is these unconscious motivations, threatening to become manifest, which terrorize us, including the fear of the discovery of the unknown, whether it be the monster lurking in the shadows or in the unconscious.
DATE: Sundays, monthly (see specific dates below)
LOCATION: Auditorium, 13919 Carrollwood Village Run, Tampa, Florida 33618
CHARGE: $2 donation (includes popcorn and soda)
Informal and convivial afternoon viewing, then discussing, a film. Facilitators for each film discussion include an academician (film, humanities) and a psychoanalytic psychotherapy clinician.
Academic Discussant Clinical Discussant
September 21, 2014 The Ring Scott Ferguson David Baker
October 19, 2014 The Orphanage Adriana Novoa Robert Porter
November 23, 2014 Night of the Living Dead Amy Rust Kathryn Lamson
January 25, 2015 The Sixth Sense Kersuze Simeon-Jones Michael Poff
February 15, 2015 Case 39 Silvio Gaggio Lycia Alexander-Guerra
March 8, 2015 Cronocrimenes Heike Scharm Horacio Arias
April 19, 2015 Frankenstein Margit Grieb Sheldon Wykell
May 17, 2015 The Turn of the Screw Eve Hershberger Linda Berkowitz
September 21, 2014 The Ring (2002) Gore Verbinski
The Ring thematizes the ways contemporary electronic media (phones, televisions, computers, videotapes, etc.) increasingly penetrate the partitioned private and public spaces that once structured the modern world. Specifically, it explores how this media's spatial transgressions scramble formerly stable developmental sequences and age hierarchies. In this world, the young are given insight into grownup horrors, while adults are able neither to make sense of the horror nor to properly care for their juniors. The film at first baits spectators with suggestions of actual sexual abuse. By the end, however, the real source of trauma is revealed to be the new relationality opened up by electronic media. Discussants:
Scott Ferguson, PhD David Baker, PhD Assistant Professor of Film & New Media Studies Psychologist Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies Private Practice College of Art & Science, USF Winter Park
October 19, 2014 The Orphanage (2007) Juan Antonio Bayona
This 2007 film was directed by Guillermo del Toro’s protege Juan Antonio Bayona and centers on Laura, who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.
Discussants: Adriana Novoa, PhD Robert Porter, PhD Professor Psychologist University of South Florida Private Practice, Tampa Department of History
November 23, 2014 Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero
"Night of the Living Dead was not only an instant horror classic,” write critics J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum in Midnight Movies, “but a remarkable vision of the late 1960s—offering the most literal possible depiction of America devouring itself.” Released the same year as the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, and riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Romero’s cannibalistic ciphers have long been linked to returns of repressed social violence. Indeed, as the "living dead," zombies not only evoke cinema's own animations of still images, but also interminglings of past and present, self and other, repetition and difference, that characterize the psychic lives of their human beholders.
Discussants: Amy Rust, PhD Kathryn Lamson, LMHC Assistant Professor Psychotherapist Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies USF Private Practice, Tampa
January 25, 2015 The Sixth Sense (1999) M. Night Shyamalan
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him.
Discussants: Kersuze Simeon-Jones, PhD Michael Poff, MA, MSW Associate Professor Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist Department of World Languages, USF Carter-Jenkins CenterDepartment of Africana Studies, USF Private Practice, Tampa
February 15, 2015 Case 39 (2009) Christian Alvart
All too often we note that some parents seem afraid to displease their children, afraid to make them unhappy, or allow them to grapple with doing without, as if actually afraid of their children. While parents might in fact be afraid of confronting their needy and disappointed hurt selves of their own childhoods, Case 39 gives parents, then the social worker/foster mom good reason to fear.
Discussants: Silvio Gaggi, PhD Lycia Alexander-Guerra, MD Emeritus Professor of Humanities, USF President, Tampa Bay Institute for Adjunct Professor, Humanities Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. (T-BIPS) and Cultural Studies Private practice, Tampa
March 8, 2015 Cronocrimenes (2007) Nacho Vigalondo
What if you could go back in time just five minutes to prevent a tragedy from happening? What if you then found out that you had already gone back before and possibly caused the tragedy by trying to prevent it? Timecrimes is a true mindbender that takes the time travel paradox to the extreme. What you think you see is never what you see, and whom you meet (or are being chased by) is never whom you think it is. Top critics have called Timecrimes an enjoyable, smartly directed time travel thriller with strong performances and a genuinely creepy atmosphere, [...] that exemplifies the popular artistic notion of inescapable tragic destiny. Nacho Vigolando wrote and directs this refreshing blend of horror and science fiction, whose success relies on a simple yet ingenious story line and a healthy amount of Spanish black humor. The movie's unexpected twists promise to keep you on edge until the end.
Discussants: Heike Scharm, PhD Associate Professor of Spanish University of South Florida
April 19, 2015 Frankenstein(1931) James Whale
Discussants: Margit Grieb, PhD Sheldon Wykell, LCSW President, Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society Private Practice, St. Petersburg
May 17, 2015 The Turn of the Screw ( )
A Gothic ghost story by Henry James lends to the viewer the question of psychic reality in its narrator. Is she mad, or is something supernatural and sinister happening? James never answers the question, tolerating, like Winnicott subsequently advised mothers and analysts to do, the ambiguity. The audience might discuss how the experience of having our ‘reality’ attacked leads one to doubt one’s self and how our perceptions are constructed from past experience (‘ghosts’) as well as present, and are thus, continually reconfigured.