Screening & Panel Discussion 

The Tale

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Tivoli Cinemas in Westport

Revisiting a short story she wrote at thirteen, a documentary filmmaker (played by Laura Dern) faces life altering questions about her first sexual experience and the elusive nature of memory. THE TALE is director Jennifer Fox’s personal memoir examining the journey from denial to truth. Exposing the complexities of abuse that do not fit in the typical Hollywood narrative, this powerful film examines memory and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive trauma. More information can be found on


Written and directed by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox, with Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, and the rapper Common.  (2018, 114 mins.)


“The Tale is certainly a hard watch, the kind that trigger warnings were designed for. But it’s made for this moment. It’s about the vast gulf between what we know now and what we knew then, about the inevitability and the uselessness of gaining perspective."—Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker  


Admission is free.  Reserve seats by clicking here. 



My mother, a child educator, often told me about her students being sexually abused, but somehow I didn’t really ‘get it'. After seeing THE TALE, I felt, ‘oh my god, that’s what it’s about!’ It woke me up as a father and a man. I understood that I have to protect and educate my daughter."— Common

Post-screening panel discussion with the following area mental health providers:


       Bonnie Buchele, PhD, (Moderator) is a psychoanalyst in private practice and has a longstanding interest in understanding the impact of trauma.  As a psychoanalyst she has treated, individually and in groups, survivors and perpetrators of sexual trauma. She has published and taught extensively about the subject. 

       Robert “Bob" Feuer, MA, LCP, is the President-Elect of the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center where he is also on the Psychoanalytic Institute teaching faculty.  He had a previous appointment by the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections where he served on a specialty board evaluating incarcerated sexual felons for dangerousness.  He is currently in private practice in Overland Park treating adolescents, adults, and couples working to overcome a broad range of psychological difficulties, including the aftereffects of trauma and abuse.

       Marilyn Metzl, PhD, ABPP, is a psychoanalyst in private practice who has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced trauma particularly inter-generational transmission of trauma and recovery from the consequences of bullying, abuse, and boundary violations. She is currently Program Chair of the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and is  a member of the teaching faculty of GKCPSA.

       Larry W. Tyndall, PhD, was a former director of the Masters and Johnson Sexual Trauma Program here in Kansas City, Missouri.  He has worked extensively with adult survivors of sexual trauma in individual, group, and family therapy as well as presented workshops on trauma treatment nationally.  Dr. Tyndall is currently in private practice in Overland Park, Kansas.

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at