From Carolina Day School:
Carolina Day School hosts a free community screening of the Sundance-award winning film, “The Big Picture,” directed by James Redford, on March 20 at 6 p.m. in Nash Athletic Center on campus.
“Robert Redford” is a household name, but there is more than one filmmaker in the Redford family. James Redford, whose son Dylan is dyslexic, found film the perfect medium to communicate the challenges and solutions for families of dyslexic children.
“By conservative estimates,” Redford says, “one in five people are dyslexic. Although very bright and often highly creative, they have a difficult time making sense of written language.” In fact, the film features the true story of Dylan’s school life, with Dylan and his mother in the cast. “It was not easy to cast my wife and son in this movie. We are typically private people and those who know us will be greatly surprised to see this film. However, the opportunity to help other families in turmoil was important to all of us, particularly my wife, Kyle, who is a lifelong educator and now an expert regarding dyslexics and education,” says Redford.
The evening program is as follows:
• Reception, 6pm: parent networking, talking, sharing stories, solutions and resources with each other
• Screening of The Big Picture: 6:30 p.m.: Sundance-award winning, 52-minute film directed by James Redford
• Students, Pros & Parents Panel: 7:30 p.m.: Participants are invited to ask questions of parents with children who have been diagnosed dyslexic; professional counselors and screeners; and two dyslexic teenagers about their experiences.
The program is free to the public by registering at 828-274-3311. For more information, please visit www.carolinaday.org.
Carolina Day School’s Key Learning Center (http://carolinaday.org/academics/key-school/) helps families identify resources and learning initiatives for dyslexic children. Many families and teachers are unaware of why their child is struggling, and early intervention is essential before a child’s frustration becomes insurmountable. Diane Milner, Key School Principal, says, “One in five individuals has a language-based learning difference commonly referred to as dyslexia. Many bright children who have dyslexia struggle to keep up in traditional settings. This can result in low self-esteem, falling grades, and increasing frustration during a child’s critical formative years.”
More resources on dyslexia can be found at the following web sites:
Date: March 20, 2014 – Time: 6 p.m.
Carolina Day School – Nash Athletic Center
1345 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC
Cost: Free – Reservations: 828-274-3311