'Dad' screening, Q+A session this weekend

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BENNINGTON — This Saturday the Center for Communication in Medicine will screen a film with local ties and an important message.

Critically-acclaimed writer, director, and producer Gary David Goldberg had a home in Arlington and served on CCM's board of directors before he passed away in 2013, said CCM founder and director Bernard Bandman.

His 1989 film, Dad, deals with a busy executive, played by Ted Danson, who returns home to care for his aging father, Jack Lemmon. The movie also features one of Kevin Spacey's earliest roles, as son-in-law Mario.

The screening will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. The film will be followed by a question and answer session, the panel for which will include Goldberg's daughter Caitlin, currently a resident of Arlington. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased in advance at CCM's website, SpeakSooner.org. All proceeds will go towards future educational initiatives from the SpeakSooner Initiative. There will also be a reception with desserts.

The themes of the movie fit very well with the core message of CCM, said Bandman. "The event will be a tribute to his kind and generous spirit."

"Goldberg wrote and directed this story of a family facing the realities of aging parents with sensitivity and humor," said Bandman. "He was also an active proponent of the CCM's programs to improve communication between patients, loved ones and their healthcare providers."

Bandman founded CCM and SpeakSooner alongside his wife, Celia Engel Bandman. Previously, Bandman established the psychological services program at the cancer center in Bennington in 1988, while Engel Bandman created and implemented the medical humanist program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center from 2002 to 2005, in which she worked to bridge communication between patients and their doctors. The two founded the CCM in Bennington in 2006. Its mission is to educate patients, families, and healthcare professionals about the key role of communication in improving healthcare delivery. The videos of past SpeakSooner presentations are available on Catamount Access Television's YouTube channel.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.

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