Infinitely Polar Bear


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Infinitely Polar Bear

  1. Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Infinitely Polar Bear

Distinguished Professor of Sociology Bernice A. Pescosolido is scheduled to introduce the film.

Infinitely Polar Bear chronicles efforts by a man with bi-polar disorder to manage his illness and be a responsible parent to two young girls. Based in part on the director’s real life experiences, Infinitely Polar Bear documents Cam (Mark Ruffalo) returning home from a halfway house as Maggie (Zoe Saldana) moves to New York City for business school. This film was nominated for a Golden Globe® (Best Actor) as well as awards from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Black Reel Awards, Image Awards, and Sundance Film Festival. Critic David Bradley describes it as “very moving ... [with] … great compassion for Cameron, without turning him into some sort of saint or excusing him for his recklessness.” Contains strong language. (2K DCP Presentation)

Bernice A. Pescosolido is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. Professor Pescosolido received a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1982. She has focused her research and teaching on social issues in health, illness, and healing. Pescosolido’s research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures, providing the "wires" through which people’s attitudes and actions are influenced. This agenda encompasses three basic areas: health care services, stigma, and suicide research. In the early 1990s, Pescosolido developed the Network-Episode Model which was designed to focus on how individuals come to recognize, respond to the onset of health problems, and use health care services. Specifically, it has provided new insights to understanding the patterns and pathways to care, adherence to treatment and the outcomes of health care. UBC2M Science on screen