‘Autism In Love’ at Tribeca Film Festival 2015

April 17, 2015 § Leave a comment


April is National Autism Awareness month. Become aware!


Autism was first diagnosed in 1943 by psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner.

Impaired social interactions, difficulties communicating and interpreting social cues, engaging in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling or self-abusive behavior such as biting or head-banging, and lacking empathy are just some of the characteristics that make up Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or a range of complex neurodevelopmental disorders or neurobehavioral disorders, and abnormalities in neurotransmitter levels.

Autistic Disorder, is the most severe form of ASD, while Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Rett’s Syndrome are milder forms.

Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. About 1 in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Males (1 in 42), are approximately four to five times more likely to have an ASD than females (1 in 189).

Although controversial, there is no scientific data to prove that thimerosal, an ingredient in vaccines, causes autism. There is a genetic component.

Many with ASD also have depressive (5-82%) and anxiety (7 to 50%) disorders. It is challenging to diagnose depression in those with autism, because assessment of depression relies mainly on communication skills. The prevalence of any type of comorbid psychiatric disorders among individuals with ASD ranges from 65% to 85%. -Oren Shtayermman, MSW, PhD


“Autism in Love,” a 75 minute Documentary screening at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015, observes the relationship between Stephen and his wife of 17 years, Gitta, the courting stage between Lindsey and her boyfriend Dave, and a bachelor named Lenny, who is still looking for that certain someone, and has a few requirements that his perfect mate must meet.

The film answers the question “Can someone love you without truly understanding you?” The answer is “Yes”!

Screenings for “Autism In Love”

THU 4/16 5:30 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4
FRI 4/17 5:30 PM Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 8
SAT 4/18 6:30 PM Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6
TUE 4/21 3:30 PM Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6

Article by Sharon Abella

“Crocodile Gennadiy” A Modern Day Florence Nightingale

April 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

The ‘Pilgrim Republic Children’s Rehab Center’ founded in the year 2000 by Pastor ‘Crocodile’ Gennadiy Mohnkenko in Mariupol, Ukraine, assists homeless adolescents, who many times are escaping abusive family lives, and are now living on the streets under manhole covers. Engaging in risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse and theft, Pastor Gennadiy helps the children transition to safe homes and orphanages, and schools where they can learn computer skills, and engage in sports activities. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was a nurse manager (to the nurses she trained), that assisted injured soldiers during the Crimean War, therefore, I will refer to Pastor ‘Crocodile” Gennadiy Mohnkenko, as a modern day Florence Nightingale.


Pastor Gennadiy believes that

‘It is not the homeless children’s fault, but their misfortune.’

‘Child Protective Services did not help the children, therefore, someone had to.’

With all the progress the Pastor made, Mariupol, Ukraine is not devoid from the political unrest in the surrounding areas. The film discusses the current situation in Crimea, and captures in depth clips from the protests and uprisings.

‘The Pilgrim Republic’ travels the world to find inspiring ministries that care for orphans and vulnerable children. They give them what they need to keep their doors open and better the lives of the children they serve. Their goal is to find orphans, no matter where they are, and make sure they are provided the loving care they deserve.”


‘Crocodile Gennadiy’ is screening at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015:

THU 4/16 9:00 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6
SAT 4/18 3:45 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-1
SUN 4/19 3:30 PM Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6
FRI 4/24 8:00 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-3

Article by Sharon Abella

Adolescent alcohol use and abuse is a serious public health problem that shows no signs of abating. Alcohol use by teens is defined as at least one drink in the past 30 days; binge use is five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once in the past 30 days; and heavy use is five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least five different days in the past 30 days.1 Alcohol dependence is characterized by tolerance, withdrawal and psychological/physical problems.by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN and Judith Sutherland, RN, MN, PhD

“Transfatty Lives” one man’s positive outlook on getting ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Tribeca Audience Award Winner: Documentary

April 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Tribeca Audience Award Winner: Documentary


Remember pouring buckets of ice water over your head to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease on facebook last year?


ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease involving the upper and lower motor neurons that control voluntary movement. When neurons can no longer transmit impulses to the muscles, the muscles begin to atrophy and weakness increases over time. ALS is an age-dependent disease in which incidence and mortality rates advance with increasing age. A patient’s average age at diagnosis is 55. The disease incidence is two per 100,000, with a prevalence of six to eight cases per 100,000. According to The ALS Association, based on population studies, about 5,600 new cases of ALS are diagnosed each year. ALS is 20% more common in men than in women.

ALS can cause the weakness of any voluntary muscles. Patients with ALS will exhibit weakness of the legs, hands, proximal arms or oropharynx (with slurred speech or dysarthria, or difficulty swallowing). Many times, the hands are affected first, usually asymmetrically. Painless difficulty with buttons or turning a key is an ominous symptom in midlife. Gait is impaired because the muscles are affected first. Alternatively, a spastic gait may occur. Slowly the weakness will become more severe and more areas of the body will be affected, leading to an increased life of dependency. Muscle cramps caused by the hypersensitivity of denervated muscle and weight loss are characteristic symptoms. The weight loss results from the combination of muscle wasting and dysphagia. Respiration is usually affected late but occasionally may be an early or even the first manifestation. ALS continues in a steady, relentless fashion until respiratory function is impaired by diaphragmatic weakness. Most patients die of respiratory failure within three to five years from symptom onset, while a few patients have a rapid course, dying within a year. About 10% of patients with ALS live longer than 10 years.
by Dallas A. Forshew, RN, BSN and Rachel Palmieri, RN-C, ANP, MS and Mary Lyon, RN, MN


“Transfatty Lives” a film by and about Patrick Sean O’Brien, was shot over the course of 10 years. NYC DJ, internet personality, and filmmaker was making a film in the Howard Johnson’s on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ, when his legs started shaking and his pointer finger became weak. In the year 2000, he was diagnosed with ALS and given 2 to 5 years to live. Sean turned this negative experience into a positive one, by having a good attitude, turning difficult situations into humorous ones, fundraising and raising awareness, and documenting his entire journey in “Transfatty Lives”.

THU 4/16 6:15 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-5
FRI 4/17 5:00 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-3
TUE 4/21 8:45 PM Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10
THU 4/23 6:30 PM Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6

Article by Sharon Abella

‘The Who’ – ‘Lambert and Stamp’ – Sony Pictures Classics

April 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

‘The Who’s’ Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon, probably wanted to ask aspiring ‘band managers’ and ‘film directors’ Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, “Who are you?”

Back in the 1960’s, Christopher ‘Kit’ Sebastian Lambert and Christopher Thomas ‘Chris’ Stamp‘s intentions were to discover a Rock and Roll band and then make a film about them, as their entryway into the film industry.

Lambert and Stamp stumbled upon “High Numbers” in a pub, or “The Who” before their name changed to ‘The Who’. Their original intention was to make a film about them, and not to become the band’s managers, however, they wound up doing both.

1967-‘The Who’s European Tour’- ‘The Who’ really liked ‘Lambert and Stamp’ as they were confident salesman, even though they faked it until they made it, as they admittedly didn’t know anything about managing a band, knew nothing about Rock and Roll, and had NO connections. They were merely going through the motions, and only said that they were managers. Kit had courage and took risks, while Chris Stamp was NOT afraid of authority.

Pete Townshend- a little about that time period. “We were from middle class, working class, post-WWII families. The older generation clashed with the younger, especially when and if you disobeyed authority. We didn’t think that time period of pop music would last more than a couple of years.”

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