Searching the Psyche through Cinema

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library


Our annual film series, “Searching the Psyche Through Cinema,” offers probing films followed by discussions featuring cinema and psychoanalytic experts for an examination of how celluloid gets under our skin and into our psyche. All screenings are free and continuing education credit is available. We would also like to invite you to a reception following the discussions.


The 2019 series offers four films featuring the work of women directors—Greta Gerwig, Lone Scherfig, Valerie Faris, and Sofia Coppola.


Presented in partnership with the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and the Kansas City Public Library

Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


January 20, 2019 — Lady Bird (2017, Rated R, 94 minutes)

February 3, 2019 —  An Education  (2009, Rated PG-13, 101 minutes)

February 17, 2019 — Battle of the Sexes (2017, Rated PG-13, 120 minutes)

March 3, 2019 — The Bling Ring (2013, Rated PG-13, 101 minutes)


Cost for CME credit is $40 per film.


January 20, 2019 — Lady Bird

A coming-of-age story of a high-school senior in Sacramento, CA and her turbulent relationship with her mother, directed by Greta Gerwig. Discussants: Psychoanalyst Bonnie Buchele, PhD and film critic Abby Olcese.

This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


February 3, 2019 — An Education 

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age, directed by Lone Sherfig.  Discussants: Psychoanalytic Candidate Lori Hoodenpyle, JD and film critic Beck Ireland.


February 17, 2019  Battle of the Sexes

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton.

Discussants: Psychoanalyst Mari Hayes, PhD and film critic Lonita Cook.


March 3, 2019  The Bling Ring

Inspired by true events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet in order to track celebrities’ whereabouts and rob their homes, directed by Sofia Coppola.  Discussants: Psychoanalyst Marilyn Metzl, PhD and film critic Vivian Kane.



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 Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. 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 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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