Negative body image takes on many forms. Tonight, a nonprofit organization explores the issue by screening in two independent films in Patchogue.
The Plaza Media Arts Center, which screens the latest independent and foreign films and offers media arts programming and classes, will show “Tapeworm” and “Killing Us Softly 4: Advertisement’s Image of Women.”
“Tapeworm” is a short narrative film about a teenage girl named Theresa who struggles with her body image at an all-girls high school. A science class and Internet research reveals a solution: Ingesting a tapeworm to lose weight. Theresa and her friend, Janie, both want to eat the tapeworm, which leads to a lesson about friendship and weight loss.
“Tapeworm” producers Ricardo Reithmuller and Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes will be present to discuss the film and answer questions.
Next, Dr. Mary Schultz – a clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorders – will present “Killing Us Softly 4: Advertisement’s Image of Women.”
This film, which features Jean Kilbourne, takes a sobering look at the current images of women in print and television advertisements. It reveals images and messages that often reinforce unrealistic and unhealthy perceptions of beauty. Schultz will discuss the issues the film raised and answer questions.
So why come?
“I hope that they come away feeling good about their bodies and that they don’t have to look a certain way,” says Catherine Oberg, vice president of The Plaza Media Arts Center. “Most importantly, if they have they have a problem, that they can reach out to professionals.”
The event is all about raising more awareness and understanding about body image.
“The perfection that’s being sold in films and advertisements is not reality. None of models look that way,” she says. “Perfection is photoshopped.”
The Plaza Media Arts Center presents Art House Cinema
WHEN/WHERE 7 tonight at The Loft at The Brickhouse Brewery (2nd floor), 67 W. Main St., Patchogue
COST $15 suggested donation adults, free for students with ID
INFO Register here