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Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld Screening in New York City and Long Island

Screenings Part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

beautypromo5.jpg Beauty: In the Eyes of the Beheld, a documentary about the blessings and curses of being a beautiful woman, will be screening in New York City and Long Island Feb. 23 and 27 as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week).

“Being a beautiful woman is not all that it’s cracked up to be,” according to Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, creator of the documentary. “That is an important message for all women and girls, especially those that do dangerous things to be beautiful,” she said. She came to this conclusion while making her documentary, which interviews everyday gorgeous American women. She followed the lives of former beauty pageant queens, a physician, an exotic dancer, an entrepreneur, and a musician who worked with famous rock star Prince.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is sponsoring NEDAwareness Week, Feb. 21-27, to wage war against eating disorders and unrealistic "body-perfect" ideals. Commented Lynn Grefe, CEO of NEDA, “ It is necessary to educate upcoming generations about the issues that surround and lead to eating disorders. And to do that, we also need to address the societal pressures and the unrealistic images we are bombarded with in the media that have been irrefutably and scientifically proven a contributing factor among people who develop eating disorders, depression and other esteem issues.”

Pace University is sponsoring the February 23 screening in Manhattan. “We’re excited to be able to include such an important film in our efforts to talk with Pace students about body image, healthy eating, and the context of how we all construct ideas regarding beauty and personal image,” said Pace organizer Brian Petersen. The Pace event also includes a screening of Wet Dreams and False Images, a Sundance award-winning documentary by Jesse Epstein. Following the screenings will be a discussion with filmmakers Kravinsky and Esptein; along with Pace University Assistant Professor Emilie Zaslow, who specializes in gender identity and media.

NEDA-LI will be screening the film in Long Island on February 27. They commented, “'Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld' not only touches upon disordered eating—it also gives voice to a discussion about contemporary definitions of beauty---both internal and external. Given our society’s obsession with body type and physicality, and the messages that the media assaults us with in terms of how to value internal vs. external beauty, 'Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld' should serve as a catalyst to a thought-provoking discussion about a topic that is uncomfortable for most to confront."

Details and contact information for both events are below:

Eating Disorders, Body Image, Perfectionism Tuesday Feb. 23 – 7-10 p.m. – Student Union, Pace University, One Pace Plaza, NYC

Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld is a documentary by Liza Figueroa Kravinsky looking at modern perceptions of beauty. “Being beautiful is overrated,” says the filmmaker, who interviewed and followed the lives of former beauty pageant queens, a physician, an exotic dancer, an entrepreneur and a musician who worked with famous rock star Prince. Wet Dreams and False Images is a Sundance award-winning documentary by Jesse Epstein that utilizes humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion – photo retouching in magazines and ads – and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Pace University Assistant Professor Emilie Zaslow, PhD. Admission is free.

For more information, contact: Brian Petersen at Pace University at bpetersen@pace.edu, Liza Figueroa Kravinsky at lizaf@artpal.tv or Jesse Epstein at epstein.jesse@gmail.com or Emilie Zaslow ezaslow@pace.edu. Press inquiries for Pace University should be directed to Samuelle (Sammy) Becker sbecker2@pace.edu.



Beauty, Body Image, Disordered Eating & Campus Life Film Screenings & Panel Discussion Saturday, Feb. 27 – 10 a.m.-Noon – Omni Building, Uniondale, Long Island

Free public awareness event featuring the screening of two films: Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld, a documentary by Liza Kravinsky looking at modern perceptions of beauty, and Recovering Bodies, which tells the stories of college students who battle eating disorders. A panel discussion will follow featuring both students and professionals. The slippery slope leading toward the development of eating disorders during the college years and the many pathways to their prevention will be emphasized. Appropriate for high school and college students and their families. $10 donation is suggested.

Sponsored by NEDA-Long Island. For more information, call 516-794-0415 or visit: www.neda-li.org.

For more information about NEDA and NEDAW, visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

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