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Featuring a discussion with Dr. Benjamin Fry about the neurobiology of psychosis!

At a rundown desert motel, Agnes (Ashley Judd) begins a tentative relationship with a newcomer named Peter (Michael Shannon). He has a strange charisma, one that offers fearful and unstable Agnes a flicker of hope. When Peter reveals that the military deliberately infected him with a bug and that he has tiny insects crawling under his skin, paranoia begins to envelop the desperate pair.


About the Speaker: 

Dr. Benjamin Fry is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Michigan State University in 2022. Dr. Fry is an expert on the role of midbrain dopaminergic circuitry as it pertains to diverse facets of human experience such as learning, memory, reward, addiction, and neuropsychiatric illness. In particular, his work has focused on identifying the neural circuitry underlying hallucinations in transgenic models of schizophrenia. Through a combination of Pavlovian learning theory, Bayesian inference, and cutting-edge modern neuroscience techniques, Dr. Fry hopes to identify novel treatment modalities for individuals with schizophrenia.

2006, 102 Minutes, USA, Directed by William Friedkin, Rated R

  • In partnership with Science on Screen®: an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION
  • "A triumph for Judd and the director."

  • "Begins as an ominous rumble of unease, and builds to a shriek. The last 20 minutes are searingly intense: A paranoid personality finds its mate, and they race each other into madness."

    - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO-SUN TIMES
  • "Has the feverish compression of live theater and the moody expansiveness of film. The mix is insanely powerful."

    - David Edelstein, NEW YORK MAGAZINE (VULTURE)
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