On Screen/In Person film 'Dislecksia' tackles apathy in education

Emmy Award-winning director Harvey Hubbell V, a dyslexic scorned or ignored through his school years, will answer questions following SUNY Oswego’s On Screen/In Person showing of “Dislecksia: The Movie” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Oswego Cinema 7 at 138 W. Second St.

The film, presented by the college’s Artswego and cinema and screen studies programs, takes an at-times comic but ultimately pointed look at a condition thought by some to have plagued Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Schwab, Walt Disney and Pablo Picasso.

The documentary chronicles Hubbell’s journey across the United States to learn more about dyslexia—a learning disability that impairs a person’s reading, writing and spelling, affecting an estimated 15 of every 100 Americans—and the nation’s educators.

“What are educators doing today?” Hubbell wrote. “Although many are making changes to help dyslexics, too many aren’t doing anything at all. Instead of paying for teachers to learn new methods to teach dyslexics, schools are using their funds to oppose parents and advocate that they are doing ‘enough.’”

Hubbell’s documentaries have won more than 50 film and video festival awards, including four Emmys. To support his documentaries, Hubbell sometimes works on feature films, including a turn as Columbia Pictures’ community liaison for “Mr. Deeds.” In 2003, the Senate Majority Leader appointed Hubbell to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, where he serves as a co-chair of its Film Committee.

Tickets for “Dislecksia: The Movie” are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 60 and over, and $3.50 for students. Tickets can be purchased at Oswego Cinema 7, or in advance from any SUNY Oswego box office, online through tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

“Dislecksia: The Movie” is the third installment of this season’s On Screen/In Person series, made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program, with additional support from Zurich Cinemas as well as from the Oswego Film Club and Oswego Film Group.

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(Posted: Oct 29, 2012)

Tags: cinema and screen studies, artswego