“Touched with Fire” Special Film Screening -

Followed by a Q&A led by Dr. Alex Kolevzon and Director Paul Dalio


Film Screening & Discussion:
Join a live discussion and screening of Paul Dalio's film Touched with Fire. Starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby, the film is a love story between two poets with bipolar disorder who bring out all the horror and beauty of their shared condition. The story is inspired by Paul’s own journey struggling to turn his bipolar disorder from a curse into a gift. Paul will give a compelling presentation and use the film to illustrate the experience of having bipolar disorder.

Alex Kolevzon, MD, the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Mount Sinai Health System, will moderate the discussion along with Paul Dalio.

About Paul Dalio:
Paul Dalio is a New York based writer, director, and composer.
Paul received his BA in screenwriting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and MFA at the NYU graduate filmmaking program where he met his wife and collaborator, Kristina, as well as his professor Spike Lee who became a mentor and executive producer of his debut feature Touched with Fire, inspired by Paul's struggle overcoming bipolar. Paul and his wife became a filmmaking team under the banner Moonstruck Productions - Kristina was the cinematographer and producer of Touched with Fire, and Paul is co-writer and composer on Kristina's next project, Amphibia, which she will direct. Paul is also writing two projects which he will direct, Revelation and Shaman. They currently live in New York with their two children.

About Alex Kolevzon, M.D.:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Alex Kolevzon, M.D. serves as the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Mount Sinai Health System and the Clinical Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai. His research interests pertain to understanding the neurobiology of autism and related neurodevelopment disorders, biomarker discovery, and developing novel therapeutics. He is a frequently invited speaker regionally, nationally, and internationally and is also extremely committed to medical student and residency education as an active teacher, mentor, and clinical supervisor.

Mental Health: Film & Advocacy
Awareness of the importance of child and adolescent mental health has been growing in recent years, especially with the advent of social media. We are working hard to reduce stigma and to emphasize the necessity of open dialogue with our children. However, mental health needs even greater attention and more discussion by people who are leaders and advocates in their communities… people like you.

Event presented by the Advisory Board of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Mount Sinai:
Nancy Chemtob
Heller & Jeffrey Goldberg
Caroline Kellen
Loren and Casey M. Klein
Misha Lozovik
Andy Russell & Chiyoko Osborne
Benjamin Siscovick