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Lunch on Fridays: Strawberry Forever

November 13 2020

When 12:15pm - 1:30pm

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Spend your lunch hour hearing from CIA faculty member Jacob Koestler, along with collaborators Michael McDermit and Chelsea Polk of Blurry Pictures, as they discuss the making of their film Strawberry Forever during our Lunch on Fridays lecture series.

This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar via this link:

The short documentary profiles the life of Tim McDermit, a man diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder that left him unable to speak after suffering a traumatic brain injury 50 years ago. Over the past five decades, McDermit has struggled with relearning how to communicate, navigating the social stigmas that come with broken speech, and finally letting go of the life that was snatched away from him.

Attendees are encouraged to view Strawberry Forever in advance of this lecture. It will be available for streaming in collaboration with the Cinematheque from Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 15 for only $3. (Proceeds benefit both the Cinematheque and the artists). Tickets are limited, so make sure to pre-order yours.

The film is also available to view for free in person in the Reinberger Gallery Black Box Theater as part of the 2020 Faculty Exhibition. CIA faculty, staff and students do not require an appointment to visit the gallery and can view the film between 10am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Public viewings are available by appointment from 10am to 5pm Wednesdays and Fridays. Schedule your visit by contacting gallery director Nikki Woods at

Please note: When you click the Zoom link above, it will open a web browser and prompt you to download (or update) your software. You may want to do this a few minutes prior to start time so that you're ready when the presentation begins.


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