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13919 CARROLLWOOD VILLAGE RUN, TAMPA, FL 33618   Phone: (813)908 – 5080      Email: tbinstitutepsastudies@gmail.com 

Film Series 2014-15 "Return of the Repressed:                    Horror Films"

                      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)                                          

TIME:              200pm-500pm

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.


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