Join us for free film screenings and lectures, which will examine film through the lens of psychoanalysis. Each screening will be followed by brief comments from a different speaker from The Houston Psychoanalytic Society and The Jung Center.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006): This is a surprisingly heartwarming dark comedy that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was later nominated for four Academy Awards. It tells the story of a family on an 800-mile road trip in a broken-down van, traveling to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. It captures how far people will go to disavow unwanted aspects of themselves and others, the cost of such a stunted existence, and the greater energy and strength of integrating the unacceptable.
Sally Davis, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. She teaches and supervises as a faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and as adjunct clinical faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine. She is past president of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society.
Forbidden Planet (1956): This stunning science fiction classic (rumored to be the subject of a new remake) is a cautionary tale about scientific and intellectual hubris and the horrific backlash that we can expect when psyche's wholeness is not honored.
Tiffany Baugher, PhD, is a depth psychologist practicing in the Houston area. She holds degrees in counseling and clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis in depth psychology, and she completed her dissertation on the topic of house dreams. She has been an instructor at The Jung Center since 2001.
Annie Hall (1977): This film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is considered by many to have established the modern romantic comedy genre. Using a creative mixture of techniques, filmmaker Woody Allen tells the story of two insecure people who struggle with their individual development and their relationship with each other, with many laughs along the way.
Margaret Jordan, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Baylor College of Medicine. She teaches psychoanalytic theory and technique to mental health professionals and trainees, and she has served as President of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society.
Ponyo (2008): Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the Oscar-winning master of Japanese animation, this film is an inventive reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, "The Little Mermaid," which bears little resemblance to the Disney film of that name. Miyazaki's story of two children discovering each other's very different worlds evokes the creative and destructive power of the unconscious, the uncanny numinosity of dreams, and the psyche's yearning for equilibrium.
Sean Fitzpatrick, MA, LPC, is director of community services for The Jung Center and a psychotherapist in private practice. He has master's degrees in religious studies and clinical psychology, and he is currently a doctoral student in psychology at Saybrook University.