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Jon Avnet, renowned Director, Co-Writer and Co-Producer of “Three Christs” will join Dr. Stephen Marder and Professor Elyn Saks in discussion immediately following our screening!

The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA invite you to join them for a special screening of the new critically acclaimed film, Three Christs, starring Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, and Walton Goggins. The film is directed, co-produced, and co-written by Jon Avnet.


In 1959, psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan armed with the radical belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated not with confinement and electroshock therapy but with empathy and understanding. As his first study, he takes on the particularly challenging case of three men—Joseph (Peter Dinklage), Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford)—each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. Hoping that by getting them together in the same room to confront their delusions he can break through to them, Dr. Stone begins a risky, unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved—including Dr. Stone himself—profoundly changed. Based on a remarkable true story, Three Christs is a fascinating and moving look at one man's journey into the deepest mysteries of the human mind.

Post-screening discussion with:

  • Jon Avnet, Writer, Director, and Producer.  Mr. Avnet has directed, written and produced dozens of films, television movies and Broadway plays, winning numerous awards, including Oscars, Emmy's, Tony's DGA Award, Gold Globes. His film credits include:  Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Righteous Kill, Red Corner, Risky Business, The Mighty Ducks, Uprising 

  • Stephen Marder, M.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and the Director of the Section on Psychosis Division. Dr. Marder's research has focused on the drug treatment of schizophrenia and the psychopharmacology of antipsychotic drugs.

  • Professor Elyn Saks, Ph.D. Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the USC Gould School of Law; Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, and author of The Center Cannot Hold..My Journey Through Madness. Dr. Saks has won numerous honors, including a 2009 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (the “Genius Grant”).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6:30 PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program 
James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA

Parking is available for $8 in Structure 3

Admission is free but registration is required.


Friendly Reminder!
Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP does not guarantee seating. We overbook to account for cancellations and no-shows, so please arrive early.