Little White Lie Screening

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ackerman Institute Library

7:00-9:00 PM

RSVP to, 212-879-4900 ext. 140

Aired on PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ and profiled in the NYTimes and NPR, the documentary Little White Lie questions what defines our racial identity and how we come to terms with the secrets of our parents. Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz spins a compelling story about discovering and embracing her racial identity. Please join us for a viewing of the documentary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Lacey Schwartz and Ackerman faculty members Evan Imber -Black and Walter Vega.

Lacey Schwartz is the CEO of the production company Truth Aid. She is a director/producer who has worked with a variety of production companies and networks including MTV, BET and The documentary Little White Lie is the first film that Lacey has directed. She served as executive producer of the narrative film DIFRET which won audience awards at the 2014 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Lacey has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the New York State Bar.

Evan Imber-Black, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Families and Health and a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.She is the author of over 75 original papers, and several books, including: The Secret Life of Families (Bantam, 1998), Secrets in Families and Family Therapy (WW Norton, 1993), Rituals for Our Times, co-authored with Janine Roberts (Jason Aronson, 1998), Rituals in Families and Family Therapy, co-edited with Janine Roberts and Richard Whiting (WW Norton, 1988,Second edition, 2003), and Families and Larger Systems (Guilford Publications, 1988).

Walter Vega is a graduate of Ackerman’s Clinical Externship training program. He became a member of Ackerman’s teaching faculty in 2010 and for the last three years has also served as the faculty liaison to the Ackerman Institute’s Student of Color Supportive Space, a collaboration amongst Ackerman trainees, faculty, and alumni of color who seek to have a forum to share their unique experiences at the institute and in the field of family therapy. In addition to supervising at the Ackerman Institute, he is an instructor and academic counselor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.