Mental Health Awareness Month Science on Screen® “Infinitely Polar Bear”

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  • Date: May 21st, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm

In partnership with Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority, the Midwest Theater is presenting “Mental Heath: Hope & Promise”, a special Science on Screen® event for Mental Health Awareness Month on Mon., May. 21, at 7 p.m.

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center Senior Research Director Mark DeKraai will talk before the film, followed by a screening of the film “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

WHAT: FREE Science on Screen film-and-discussion
WHEN: Mon. May 21, 7:00pm (Please note the earlier start time)

This event kicks off a film monthly series on mental health at the Midwest Theater. Future films include “Resilience” on Jun. 27, “Paper Tigers” on Jul. 2

About the speaker
Dr. Mark DeKraai received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990. He spent 18 years developing state policies and programs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, child welfare, and juvenile justice before joining the Public Policy Center. Dr. DeKraai’s research interests include child and family systems of care, mental health and substance abuse services, and other health and human services. He is interested in how public engagement processes and evaluation results inform public policy.

About “Infinitely Polar Bear”
While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found working on one of his many half-completed projects. As he recovers from a manic breakdown, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) enters an out-of-state graduate school program in the hopes of building a better life for her family. Cam agrees to become the primary caregiver for his spirited young daughters and quickly finds himself in over his head. Based on a true story, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is a touching and entertaining portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other.
Rating: R for disturbing content and language.
Run time: 88 minutes

About Science on Screen
This film-and-discussion event at the historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff is a part of the national Science on Screen program supported by The Coolidge Corner Theater and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The goal of the Science on Screen series is to increase science literacy by creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences. For more information about Science on Screen, visit

This event is presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.