THE WAY OF THE WISE ELDER IN FILM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER II, 2023
FACULTY: TERRY EBINGER, MS
AT THE INSTITUTE
Using the mythic power of cinema to explore authentic elderhood through a depth psychological lens. The most compelling films about wise elderhood serve as journeys into mythic territory – offering daunting trials, vital awakenings, necessary sacrifices, and healing transformations. Movies bring the archetypes to life, gracing us with unique characters embodying essentials of
authentic elderhood: generativity, integrity, reflection, reconciliation, connection. Depth psychology and mythic imagination will guide our expansive consideration of remarkable cinematic elders, observing and amplifying the values, attitudes, and tasks of later life individuation. This seminar will include multimedia lecture, group discussion, analysis of multiple film clips and images, and practice uncovering metaphor and meaning via cinema’s fundamental language of dream.
TERRY EBINGER, MS, is a passionate film scholar with over three decades of experience as a depth psychology practitioner and educator, dream consultant, spiritual director, and multidisciplinary group leader. Terry’s classes approach film art through myth, archetypal psychology, cultural history, and the language of dream. She teaches at extended education programs and lifelong learning institutes around the Bay Area.