Film and Mind Online: Sound of Metal

April 9, 2021, 6:15 - 10:15 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!


Main character of the movie playing drumsSound of Metal (2020) (2hr, 10 min; directed by Darius Marder) is a tightly made and deeply humanistic film about a punk-metal drummer, Ruben (Riz Ahmed), who experiences hearing loss. It is about his love for music and his partner (Olivia Cooke). When he learns his condition will rapidly worsen, he anticipates losing everything meaningful to him. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world. Sound of Metal is a compelling film that immerses the viewer in the subjective experience of onset of deafness and explores the profound implications for relatedness, loss, desire, recovery, dis-integration, and reintegration. 

*Streaming is available with Amazon Prime subscription (link below)

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 



PLEASE NOTE: We will begin watching the film early (at 6:15 PM, PST) because this is a longer film. 

** This Movie is only available on Amazon Prime

*** All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (PST)

6:15 PM - 8:30 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:45 PM - 10:15 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain Derrida and Freud's ideas of the voice and the trace in relation to the cochlear implant and Deaf Studies
  • Describe Ruben's experiences in terms of dis-integration and reintegration
  • Discuss the transformations Ruben undergoes using Lacanian concepts of lack and desire 


Gerard Sobnosky, LMFT, is in private practice in Manhattan Beach and Rolling Hills Estates, CA. He is an advanced Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and a member of the Education Committee. He is active in the International Psychoanalytical Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association, where he serves on the American Psychoanalytic Foundation, and as Treasurer of the Candidates Council. He teaches dream analysis workshops for clinicians, leads psychoanalytic therapy process groups, teaches Chinese therapists as part of the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance, and is also a recording artist with his rockabilly trio Those Sunsabillys.

Seth Alt is a doctoral student in the Cultural Studies program at Claremont Graduate University, where he is working on a dissertation loosely titled, "The Pervert's Guide to the Museum." When not running the gauntlet of the PhD Seth sometimes plays fiddle at Irish sessions in Long Beach and Pasadena.

Discussion Moderator: Thomas M. Brod, MD. Dr. Brod coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.

Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit 


This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:40 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  


Where to get the movie:


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  4. Complete the evaluation
  5. Wait 2 business days
  6. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI): The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.

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