Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D. believes in the transformative power of the arts. The psychotherapist and longtime Sanibel resident is a pioneer in the field of art therapy. A past President and Honorary Life Member of American Art Therapy Association, Rubin is also the author of six art therapy books, director of 10 films, and the President of Expressive Media. The Alliance for the Arts is offering an opportunity for the community to view her film BREAKTHROUGH and participate in a conversation on the value of art and therapy on Wednesday, March 27. The screening, in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance, begins at 7:30PM and will be followed by a discussion led by Rubin. A $5 suggested donation is requested at the door.
BREAKTHROUGH, with a run time of 51 minutes, captures the intimate experiences of eight artists who have undergone psychoanalytic treatment. The film demonstrates the growth and freedom made possible by facing the pain that both psychoanalysis and creation can bring into awareness. The artists presented in BREAKTHROUGH found themselves held back in their lives and work because of traumatic events and unresolved emotional issues from their pasts. The film shows how the combination of analytic therapy and creative work liberated them. Rather than dulling an artist’s creative edge, the film demonstrates how self-awareness can facilitate personal growth and creative freedom.
In addition to having a local director, BREAKTHROUGH features long time local favorite and Emmy Award winning flutist Kat Epple, who composed the film score, and Emmy Award winning editor, Connie Bottinelli, who worked with Rubin on the film. Both will be on hand for the screening and discussion.