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Arts & the Mind: A Lecture with Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Leo Eaton

Monday, March 11

Exhibitions and Reception: (6-6:30pm)
Lecture (6:30-7:30pm)

FREE EVENT. Cash bar and refreshments.


Join Emmy award-winning filmmaker Leo Eaton for a special night celebrating the power and importance of the visual and performing arts on the mental and physical health of Americans from childhood into old age. Throughout 2011, Leo Eaton filmed across the US for Arts & the Mind, a 2-hour PBS documentary special that will screen daily in MOCA’s Price Auditorium during normal opening hours from January 26 to April 28. Arts & the Mind, hosted and narrated by Lisa Kudrow, reveals the crucial impact of the arts on the human brain across our lifetimes, and explores its particularly vital role in human development during youth and older age. The documentary shares stories of how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater markedly improve well-being at both ends of life, and reveals the cutting-edge science that explains the powerful, positive impact of the arts on our brains, why the arts improve children’s learning and achievement in school and evidence to confirm how the arts keep middle-aged and older brains agile and alert. Eaton’s lecture will feature footage from his PBS documentary Arts & the Mind is a production of tpt National Productions and Eaton Creative. Funding for Arts & the Mind is provided by MetLife Foundation.

Bio: Leo Eaton is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who's written, produced, directed and executive produced TV factual series and specials for US and overseas broadcasters for more than three decades. Latest work includes Arts & the Mind (with Lisa Kudrow) and Homeland: Immigration in America (both series broadcast by PBS in 2012). Recent work includes producing National Geographic Channel’s Emmy award-winning Can the Gulf Survive about the BP oil spill, and executive producing British historian Michael Wood's The Story of India for PBS & BBC-TV. Eaton has taught film production & scriptwriting at the University of Texas (Austin) and conducts occasional workshops in television production and international co-production around the US. Prior to settling in America, Eaton lived in the UK, Greece, Portugal and Mexico. With a special focus on co-production, Eaton has developed successful partnerships with broadcasters from around the world, especially in Europe & S.E. Asia.