The Harvard Ed Portal is proud to present a film screening and discussion of "Thank You For Playing," an acclaimed documentary exploring a family's unique response to their son's cancer diagnosis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director and producer Malika Zouhali-Worrall in conversation with Dr. Nina Huntemann. The screening is free and open to the public.
More about the film: When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. "Thank You For Playing" follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of “That Dragon, Cancer” as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, "Thank You For Playing" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.
More about the conversation: Dr. Nina Huntemann in the Director of Academics and Research at edX and Associate Professor of media studies at Suffolk University. She is also co-director of Women in Games Boston, a professional network for women working in the digital games industry. Twitter: @ninabeth
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The Harvard Ed Portal, established in 2008 as the Harvard Allston Education Portal on N. Harvard Street, is a collaborative partnership between Harvard University, the City of Boston, the Harvard Allston Task Force, and the Allston-Brighton community.
The Ed Portal’s program offerings build upon Harvard’s commitment to education beyond the classroom. Robert A. Lue, Harvard University Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty Director of HarvardX and Faculty Director of the Ed Portal, leads the development of its academic curriculum and programs with Harvard College and other schools and programs across the University.
A membership based resource for Allston-Brighton residents, the Ed Portal opened its doors providing mentoring to 26 neighborhood children. Programming has since expanded to include ages across the lifespan and to engage a broader geographical audience in 7 program areas:
· Arts and Culture
· Economic Development
· HarvardX for Allston
· Health and Wellness
· Public School Partnerships
· Workforce Development
The newly designed and expanded Ed Portal opened in February 2015 and is located at 224 Western Avenue in Allston at the crossroads of Harvard’s campus in Allston and the North Allston-Brighton neighborhood. Contact us or visit the Ed Portal to find out first-hand about opportunities and programs.