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Diane Feffer

Signs of Humanity is a documentary that explores the inter-related themes of Home, Homelessness, Compassion and Humanity.  Artist and SMU Professor Willie Baronet has purchased more than 1,000 homeless signs over the past 22 years and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness.  During the month of July, 2014, Willie and three filmmakers drove across the country, interviewing more than 100 people on the streets and purchasing over 275 signs.   Signs of Humanity is a documentary about that trip.  I saw this film a few months ago at the 2016 Dallas International Film Festival and felt how it moved the entire audience.  Apparently others across the nation feel the same way as the film has already received the following recognition: 

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us to reflect on what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.  Compassion begins with gaining knowledge on the subject.  Willie Baronet, Tim Chumley and Judy Gass have done an excellent job at giving us a panoramic look at homelessness from the beaches of California to the bright lights of New York City.    

Recap of event: 

Tuesday, November 15th

Studio Movie Grill located at NE corner of Royal Lane & North Central Expressway 

Doors Open: 6:30 pm 

Movie Starts: 7:00 pm 

Film duration: 1 hour 

Panel discussion with filmmakers Willie Baronet, Tim Chumley and Judy Gass will follow the documentary screening.

Ticket link:  http://southcentral.mkp.org/signs-of-humanity-screening/

 

Questions?  Contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com or call 972-670-7078 

   

 With Appreciation to the following sponsors 

 

     This activity will offer 
1 CEU for Licensed Professionals
The purpose of this event is to 
expand the participant's knowledge 
on the effects of homelessness
 
          THANK YOU 
 
Accreditation:  Green Oaks Behavioral Healthcare Services is accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and is therefore, according to the Texas Department of Health, able to issue continuing education for all Social Work Disciplines, by the Texas Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Psychologists (Ph.D.), and Certification and Recertification for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (LCDC).   

 

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Complimentary Event on Nov. 1st

 It’s almost Halloween, a time when metroplex kids will have oodles of candy to eat… what is a parent worried about childhood obesity supposed to do?  You don’t want your kid to turn neurotic and develop an eating disorder… and the holiday season of food, food, food is just beginning!  How do you walk this tightrope and keep your kids healthy at the same time?

 Jessica Setnick is a registered dietitian, with Remuda Ranch Eating Disorder Treatment Center, with 20 years treating kids with eating issues – overeating, undereating, and everything in between. She will tackle these questions on Tuesday, November 1st after a complimentary premiere of The Student Body, a documentary about mandatory Body Mass Index (BMI) screening in schools.  Approximately 21 states have mandated legislature around BMI testing in public schools.  Children are subjected to BMI testing in Texas public schools.  However, parents receive very little education about what to do when their child has a failing BMI test grade.

Quick recap of event:

Tuesday, November 1st

Studio Movie Grill located at NE corner of Royal Lane & N. Central Expressway

Complimentary Admission

Doors Open : 6:30 pm

Showtime:  7:00 pm

Link to RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/TheStudentBodyDallasHouston

Questions?  Contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com   or call 972-670-7078

   With appreciation  

 

 
Diane Feffer
A new documentary, The Original Image of Divine Mercy  tells the unfathomable history of the Original Image of Divine Mercy, commissioned by St. Faustina and kept hidden for much of the 20th century.  It's a beautifully made film about an image that most Catholics grow up seeing on a holy card or a within a catechism booklet.  The documentary is much more than the history of a painting - it also illuminates a generation of people who were given hope and strength by this image during World War II.  We are called to take this inspiration and channel it in today's times, adapting 'mercy' into our daily actions, words and prayer.  
 
 
Sub-titled interviews in Poland are also balanced with commentary by comedian Jim Gaffigan, actor and musician Harry Connick, Jr., George Weigel, Bishop Robert Barron and others.
 
 View the trailer below and invite your parish community to the screening this Tuesday.  Admission is complimentary.  

 

 

Quick Recap of Event 

This Tuesday, October 25th 

Studio Movie Grill located at NE corner of Royal Lane/Central Expressway 

Doors open: 6:30 pm 

Movie starts: 7:00 pm 

RSVP to attend on Tuesday, Oct. 25th - click HERE 

Questions?  Contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com   or call 972-670-7078 

  

 

A round of applause to Knights of Columbus Council #799 for their sponsorship. 

 

Diane Feffer

 The Original Image of Divine Mercy is a new documentary that tells the untold story about the only painting of Divine Mercy that St. Faustina ever saw during her lifetime.

A team of documentarists travel through Europe and the United States uncovering the answers to many unanswered questions about the little-known Original Image of Divine Mercy. In secret and at the request of Jesus himself, Saint Faustina and her confessor, Fr. Michal Sopocko, worked tirelessly with a relatively unknown artist to duplicate on a canvas her mystical vision of the Merciful Jesus. With Fr. Michal modeling as Christ for many hours, the three unlikely friends came up with the only Image of Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina ever saw. But after all the corrections and touch-ups at the insistence of Saint Faustina, the violently ant-Catholic Soviet occupation of Vilnius, Lithuania, forced the painting into hiding. Finally, two humble nuns bravely transported the miraculous painting across the dangerous border between Lithuania and Belarus, and the painting was finally restored to its permanent home in a beautiful shrine in Vilnius according to the wishes of the Saint.

Despite the popularity of the devotion to the Divine Mercy around the world, very few realize that there is only one Original Divine Mercy Image. How did so many other renderings of Saint Faustina’s vision become more well-known around the world while the Original Image remains in obscurity? Is this Original Image unique for reasons beyond the fact that it is the only image of Divine Mercy seen by Saint Faustina?  What features make the Original Image impossible to accurately imitate or copy?  Did John Paul II know about the Original Image when he canonized Saint Faustina?  Does this Image have a special role in the Year of Mercy?

This timely documentary, The Original Image of Divine Mercy features key witnesses to the mysterious case of the Original Image of Divine Mercy and exclusive commentary by Fr. Robert Barron, George Weigel, Christoph Cardinal Schonborn – Archbishop of Vienna, Christopher West, Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz – Archbishop of Kraków, Fr. Dwight Longenecker and others including a special appearance by Pope Francis. The Original Image of Divine Mercy documentary screening will be shown on the following two Tuesday evenings:  Oct. 18th and Oct. 25th.  A round of applause to Documentary Events® and Knights of Columbus, Council #799 for their generosity in sponsoring these two complimentary screenings. 

For complimentary tickets to The Original Image of Divine Mercy click here.

Questions?  Contact Diane Feffer of Documentary Events® or call 972-670-7078

 

Diane Feffer

 

Michael Weisberg, M.D. believes in the power of role models.  When asked why he became a physician, Dr. Weisberg immediately credits the kindness of his childhood pediatrician, Dr. Kopp.  Frequently sick as a child, Dr. Weisberg would receive regular house calls by Dr. Kopp.  His father would describe to him how Dr. Kopp would carry his medical bag in one hand and with the other hand, he would pull himself up and climb step-by-step until he reached his room on the second floor.  “Here was a man who was stricken with polio as a child and as a result, lost the use of one of his legs,” says Dr. Weisberg, “ but that didn’t stop him from being a doctor.”  His pediatrician’s gentle disposition and perseverance inspired Dr. Weisberg to pursue medicine.

Today Dr. Weisberg reflects on medicine, his 24 years as a Gastroenterologist in Plano and the changes he has seen in the concept of doctor-patient relationships.  He has channeled both his experience and creative writing talent into the newly released novel, The Hospitalist.  

Q. Why did you write The Hospitalist?

MW.  First of all, I’ve written all my life.  My hobby and passion has always been writing.  I came across a problem in medicine that I felt no one was talking about or addressing. The doctor who had taken care of you for 5, 10 or 15 years was willing to take care of you as long as you were well.  However, once you were sick and went to the hospital, a whole new set of doctors took care of you. They were called ‘the hospitalists.’  These doctors didn’t know you or have any history of taking care of you.  Most of the time, things went well.  Doctors in America do a good job overall.  However, at times in the absence of having any history with a patient or not knowing the family’s wishes for the patient, disaster could strike.  Someone needed to write a book to illustrate how the art of medicine has become the business of medicine in the 21st century.

 Q.  What do you think is a key takeaway from your book?

 MW. “When you go to the hospital, it’s best to have an advocate with you - someone in the family or close friend that can be with you.  That person knows that your medication list has been given correctly, that you are seeing the proper doctors and that things are progressing the way they should.   

 Join Dr. Weisberg this Tuesday, September 20th at 6:45 pm - Skillman Southwestern Branch of the Dallas Public Library as he allows us more than a bedside view into a riveting novel of various characters who come in and out of each other’s lives and how they affect each other. 

Autographed paperback copies of The Hospitalist, will be available for purchase.  

The short video below gives you a feel for Dr. Weisberg's speaking style.  

  

 Quick recap of this complimentary event: 

Dr. Michael Weisberg and Author, The Hospitalist
Practicing Gastroenterologist in Plano for 24 years
 
This Tuesday, September 20th  
6:45 pm - Dr. Weisberg's discussion at Skillman Southwestern branch of Dallas Public Library located at corner of Skillman Street & Southwestern Blvd. 

 Questions?  Contact Diane Feffer at diane.feffer@me.com OR 972-670-7078  

 
Diane Feffer

 

HOMEWORK. COLLEGE ESSAYS. SOCIAL MEDIA. SPORTS. VOLUNTEERING. PART-TIME JOBS. FRIENDS. Teens' lives are jam-packed from the time they wake up until the time they can finally sleep.  Just 'keeping up' is a daily struggle for some teens.

BREAKING POINTS, directed by Tucker Capps, is a 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including abusing prescription stimulants.

 This film includes candid perspectives from high-school and college students, as well as nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived "safety" and effectiveness of using prescription stimulants without a doctor's prescription.  Our Q&A following the film will address what parents & communities can do to support teens struggling to manage stress.

This TuesdayAugust 30th   ~  Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church located at NE corner of Preston Road and Walnut Hill Lane.  Screening will be inside Emmanuel Hall – 150 seat theater

 Doors Open: 6:30 pm  ~ Documentary Starts: 7:00 pm

Complimentary Admission - RSVP thru this EventBrite link

Questions?  Contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com

      With appreciation 

  

 

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Diane Feffer

  

 

HOMEWORK. COLLEGE ESSAYS. SOCIAL MEDIA. SPORTS. VOLUNTEERING. PART-TIME JOBS. FRIENDS. Teens' lives are jam-packed from the time they wake up until the time they can finally sleep.  Just 'keeping up' is a daily struggle for some teens.

BREAKING POINTS, directed by Tucker Capps, is a 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including abusing prescription stimulants.

 This film includes candid perspectives from high-school and college students, as well as nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived "safety" and effectiveness of using prescription stimulants without a doctor's prescription.  Our Q&A following the film will address what parents & communities can do to support teens struggling to manage stress.

Tuesday, August 30th   ~  Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church located at NE corner of Preston Road and Walnut Hill Lane.  Screening will be inside Emmanuel Hall – 150 seat theater

 Doors Open: 6:30 pm  ~ Documentary Starts: 7:00 pm

Complimentary Admission - RSVP thru this EventBrite link

Questions?  Contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com

                  With appreciation 

Diane Feffer

Recently Dr. Michael Weisberg was interviewed by Frank Samson on "The Aging Boomers" podcast hosted by Senior Care Authority™.

As Dr. Weisberg reminds us, the main objective of a doctor is to take a sick patient and make that person well.  

If only our system that supports healthcare would be as simple as a physician's desire to heal. 

Click the link below and listen to Dr. Weisberg, a practicing gastroenterologist in Plano, discuss the major changes and challenges of practicing medicine today.

Link to Podcast featuring Dr. Weisberg:   http://www.seniorcareauthority.com/radio-show/hospitalists-impact-on-the-practice-of-medicine/ 

 

 

 

Michael Weisberg, M.D., author of novel, The Hospitalist 

For more information, visit www.michaelfweisberg.com 

Diane Feffer

 "To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us," ~ Pope Francis 

A group of 40 young men at Jesuit will be living out these words this summer.  They will work on three projects:  building a security wall at a Special Needs School, renovating an orphanage and escorting a group of elders to the beach; an impactful gesture since they are granted one trip out of the Elder Home each year.   

Jesuit College Preparatory School has a long-standing relationship with a number of communities in West Nicaragua.  Christina Ellsworth, Coordinator of Nicaragua Immersion Program at Jesuit, explained how their program in Nicaragua is dedicated to offering students a week-long immersion learning experience in which they encounter a new culture, language, history, and most of all, people.  "In addition to engaging in various community projects and relationship building activities, we end every evening of our trips with a spiritual reflection to discuss our experiences as a group.  Students are challenged through the week to gain a deeper knowledge of God’s intimate presence with all persons, especially those who are marginalized. They are also challenged to consider how they might offer their life to create a harmonious world in which all individuals are dignified and supported by the political, cultural and economic systems in which they exist," stated Ellsworth.   Take a look at three of their projects in Nicaragua tied to specific goals and needs of the community. 

 

El Crucero Orphanage and School

El Crucero is both a public school and an orphanage that is run by the Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus. The sisters are responsible for the full-time care of roughly 25 young girls as well as running an elementary school on the same premises. While they are technically a government-funded school and orphanage, they receive little-to-no financial support and therefore depend on charitable donations to run both the school and the orphanage. This summer the young men from Jesuit will renovate a classroom for them, which will include some intensive cleaning, electric wiring, and painting.

 

The Special Needs school of Leon

This school is dedicated entirely to students ages 5-18 with special needs. They have a high population of students who have learning and developmental differences as well as differently-abled bodies such as blind, deaf, para/quadriplegic, etc. students. The school has many needs and is also primarily funded through charitable donations. Jesuit Dallas, along with roughly three other organizations from the US and Switzerland, are their primary sources of financial support. This year the young men from Jesuit will help them with a project that they have been needing for years – a security wall surrounding the school premises that will help both with the safety and preservation of the school. This is a large project and will cost roughly $20,000 to complete.

 

The Elder Home of Leon

The elder home is run by the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. The majority of the elders served at this site are either no longer in contact with their families, or their families are unable to visit regularly because of logistics or finances. Every summer the young men from Jesuit fund a day trip to the beach with the elders. Each student is paired up with someone to swim and to share lunch together. This is the only opportunity the elders are given to leave the nursing home all year. It is also one of the most memorable parts of the trip for the Jesuit students each year. 

 

Thanks to Christina Ellsworth at Jesuit for contributing to this article.  

Questions about how you can help forward this group's progress in Nicaragua?  

Connect with Christina at  CEllsworth@jesuitcp.org or (972) 387-8700, ext. 282

Interested to know more or would like to make a small donation via credit card, please visit:

Visit https://www.jesuitcp.org/support/service

Donations are being matched one-to-one by a group of anonymous donors for up to $15,000. 

Please indicate that you would like the funds to go toward the Nicaragua trips.

Enjoy this two-minute clip, illustrating the pure joy shared and growth that occurs when people reach out and help others. 

 

Diane Feffer

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." ~ Martin Buber

Join us on Tuesday, May 24th for a complimentary screening of a short documentary made by Dallas-based filmmakers Elliott Gilbert II and Joseph Capps.

Dallas CEO, Tom Kemper, was skyrocketing to new heights in both his business and personal life.  Then life threw him a twist and he developed Atypical Parkinson's.

In the midst of it all, he rescues an abandoned dog and starts to live his 'new normal' life with a chronic disease.  

A beautiful thread through Harpman, Hank and the Spirit Guide  is how life can pair you with a rescue dog who ultimately becomes your service canine companion.

After the short film, we'll hear from Tom Kemper and meet his dog, Hank.  

We'll also have a short Q&A with experts who see firsthand how dogs can benefit adults living with a chronic disease.   

With appreciation to Dolphin Blue, Cariloop, The Lucky Dog Barkery, Green Oaks Hospital,  Take Me Home Pet Rescue, DM Psychotherapy, DAPS Dallas Area Parkinsons Society and Bark n' Purr.   

Recap of event: 

Tues., May 24th 

Studio Movie Grill ( NE corner of Royal at Central Expressway)

11170 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75243

Doors open: 6:30 pm 

Movie starts: 7:00 pm 

Free admission  - RSVP to Diane@DianeMarketing.com OR click on EventBrite link below.

EventBrite Link : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harpman-hank-the-spirit-guide-documentary-tickets-25145382516

This event has also been approved for Continuing Education -  1 CEU for Licensed Professional Counselors.  

View short movie trailer HERE