Film and Mind Online: Mulholland Drive

January 21, 2022, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!


Two women sitting next to each other in a movie theater.Mulholland Drive (2001, David Lynch, 2 hours 20 minutes) just turned twenty, but a large number of critics have come to the consensus that this might be one of the most important films of the century. What has led to such consolidation of praise and importance? The film, ostensibly, portrays a steamy post-noir mystery set in Hollywood where a movie star loses her memory and a young, hopeful starlet joins her on a quest to discover who she is. However, this would be the manifest meaning and plot of a film that not only gets under one’s skin but goes on to tear open one's skull to look at the very nature of our minds. Freud’s seminal work, The Interpretation of Dreams, provides useful tools to explore the latent meanings of this great movie. 

*Available on AppleTV (rent) or on Amazon Prime (rent). See link below.

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


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT)

DISCUSSION: 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM - We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

We will not watch the film together prior to the discussion. Participants should watch the film beforehand or begin screening on their own on Amazon Prime (rent) or AppleTV (rent) before 6:10 pm PST.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Discuss features of Dreamwork such as Condensation, Displacement, and Overdetermination as illustrated in Mulholland Drive

  • Explain the influence of Distortion in the conscious product produced by unconscious censorship in the early Freudian model of Dreamwork

  • Describe the function of Dreamwork in mental life

  • Describe the function of Dreamwork in clinical psychodynamic practice

  • Describe whether "Dreams are the royal road to the Unconscious" has clinical value in 2022


Joshua Richmond, MPW, is a psychoanalyst practicing in South Pasadena. He is a member of the New Center of Psychoanalysis, currently co-teaching the Interpretation of Dreams. Joshua Richmond is also a screenwriter and vested member of the Writers Guild of America West, and was an adjunct professor at Cal State Fullerton for four years where he taught in the Radio, Television and Film Department.

Pranav Shah, MD, is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is passionate about movies and their use in illustrating the fundamental principles of psychoanalysis. He has co-authored a psychoanalytic study of the films of the renowned Indian auteur, Satyajit Ray. 

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:

  • 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.
  • The discussion will start at 8:30 pm in the Zoom Meeting room. Participants should watch the film on their own before joining.
  • 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. Wait 2 business days
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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 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 a 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.  The New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologist must report CE credits directly to MCEP using this document to verify attendance. Please note that a Psychologist must attend the CE program in its entirety in order to receive credit.  

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