7:30 PM, June 15, 2018

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having out-lived and outsmoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration. The character Lucky is a realist who goes nose-to-nose with other townspeople, unwilling to join their spinning of webs of social illusion. Harry Dean Stanton's powerful, truth-telling performance is at turns heartbreaking, uplifting, hilarious, and inspiring. It is also psychologically sophisticated and intriguing.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Apply the verity within the following quotation to our clinical practice: "I always thought that the one thing we could agree on is what we were looking at...but that's bullshit, because what I see isn't what you see"
  • Explore how an existential crisis can lead to a psychological insight, and discuss ways in which a psychotherapist may facilitate this

Thomas Brod, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a senior faculty member at NCP and the co-coordinator of the Film and Mind Series. He is also on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute (Washington, DC).

Joshua Richmond, MPW, is a vested member of the Writers Guild of America West and has written for film and television for over twenty years, writing scripts for Ron Howard, Universal and Disney, among others, and has created TV shows for Fox and Disney. Currently he teaches screenwriting and sitcom writing at Cal State Fullerton and is a psychoanalytic studies candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

Pricing & CE Credits

  • $20 with 2.5 CE Credits
  • $10 without CE Credit