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Cayuga CC to Host Free Showing of Documentary on Mental Illness

DATE: 10-06-2008

As a companion event to the community-wide shared reading program, Cayuga Reads, a free public screening of the film Out of the Shadow will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Cayuga Community College.

The hour-long film will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by an expert panel discussion, in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theater on the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College. Planned jointly by the college's Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Cayuga County, the event will focus on the effects of mental illness on families.

Out of the Shadow, a documentary by film-maker Susan Smiley, relates her family's struggle to deal with her mother's schizophrenia within the public health system. Discussion moderator Guy Cosentino, executive director of the Stardust Foundation of Central New York, will be joined by representatives of mental health services agencies and related organizations.

This year's Cayuga Reads selection, The Glass Castle, is an acclaimed 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls of growing up amid chaos and neglect as a child of alcoholic and mentally ill parents. Cayuga Reads, a collaborative effort of area educators and library staff, began in 2006. Each year participating schools, organizations, and book lovers throughout the county read a selected title and join in group discussions.

Details on the event are available from Rosemarie Romano or Marc Wildman of the Cayuga Community College library at 315-255-1743, extension 2299 or 2338.