This film is part of a special series made possible in part by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Enormous Changes in our Everyday Lives” that will include six extraordinary documentaries by women and people of color (American and international.)
From the director of Killing Kasztner, a powerful documentary about a brilliant actress who triumphed over the loss of her short-term memory
In Person: Filmmakers GAYLEN ROSS and REBECCA NELSON
Co-Presented by the The Head Injury Association
Reception at 6:30pm
Film at 7:15pm
Followed by Q&A
What is an actress without memory? Caris Corfman was a brilliant graduate of the Yale School of Drama on the brink of stardom, acting opposite Ian Holm in the dramatic film Dreamland or in the original Broadway cast of “Amadeus” with Ian McKellen and Tim Curry, when a brain tumor left her without short-term memory. Robbed of her ability to learn, recall and recite lines, or even to know what play she’s in, Caris was swiftly forced to recognize that her career was over.
Caris’ Peace is the story of this courageous woman’s triumphant and deeply moving return, against all odds, to the New York stage with a one-woman show. Told with remarkable humor and wit, with friends and colleagues; actors Tony Shalhoub, Kate Burton and political comedian Lewis Black, it is an extraordinary journey of courage and never giving up hope.
Caris’ Peace was the official selection of such esteemed film festivals as the Hamptons International Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, and Cleveland International Film Festival. It won Best Documentary Feature at the Athens International Film Festival, Ohio, and was an award winner in the Calgary “Picture This” International Disability Film Festival. (USA, 2011, 76 min., color, Blu-ray)
In Memory of Caris Corfman and her extraordinary life, the Head Injury Association is pleased and proud to be part of this creative project. Today there are more than 5 million people who have survived a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the United States. TBI does not discriminate…survivors come from all walks of life. The Head Injury Association cares for TBI Survivors in both Community-Based and Residential Programs. “Caris’ Peace” highlights the challenges and triumphs of TBI Survivors across the United States.
Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.