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Carter Center to Host Atlanta Premiere Screening of "Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and Survival"


ATLANTA....Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and the Carter Center's Mental Health Program are proud to present the award-winning documentary "Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and Survival" on Monday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Center's Ivan Allen Pavilion. The screening precedes the airing on local Atlanta public television (PBA 30) and other PBS stations nationwide.

Lawrence Hott produced "Imagining Robert" as part of his Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. The film is based on the life experiences of two brothers -- Jay and Robert Neugeboren -- one who has suffered from a mental illness for decades; the other, a successful writer who has been his brother's caretaker through the years. Their true story reflects the lives of millions of other Americans. Filmed over four years, it shows how a family must cope, day-by-day and year-by-year, with long-term mental illness.

Mrs. Carter will welcome the audience for the screening, which will be followed by an open dialogue session including Hott; Jay Neugeboren, author of the book upon which the film is based; his brother Robert; Jim Mutton, director of Project Renewal where Robert now lives; and Mental Health Program Director Thomas Bornemann.

"The story of the two brothers is a powerful example of what considered care, treatment, and love can do for a family member with mental illness -- and a warning about what happens when those essential elements are missing," says Mrs. Carter.

"Imagining Robert" received the 2003 National Mental Health Association Media Award and will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Outstanding Documentaries series in Los Angeles, December 3.

The Carter Center is located at 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307. This event is made possible in part by Ridgeview Institute, which will sponsor the film's airing on PBA 30.

Read more about the Carter Center's Mental Health Program.


The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 65 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.

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