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"Brain Matters" Documentary Screening: Be Our Guest

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading


Why is it that some children thrive while other's do not? Is it a matter of genetics, IQ, socioeconomic background, or education?

Carlota Nelson, in her ground-breaking documentary, answers these questions in an enlightening globe-trotting journey about what truly helps make children realize their full potential…..and now is your chance to see this important film.

I hope you will participate in one of the upcoming screenings of this documentary, "Brain Matters."

We have a local connection to this documentary, and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will be hosting screenings in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Please spread the word – we want to have a full-house for each showing.

Here’s the background on the film. In April of 2017, The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading worked with the international documentary film crew of "Brain Matters" and director, Carlota Nelson. As they were working on the film, funded by the Genesis Foundation, they came to the Suncoast to interview Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, during one of her visits here. They also interviewed Kathryn Shea, CEO of The Florida Center, and filmed part of a Mind in the Making workshop at Glenallen school led by Jennifer Kahler and Lora Kosten. Pamela Melton, an elementary school teacher participating in the Mind in the Making workshop and her husband Eric, allowed the crew to come to their home to film them with their two children. The final film includes footage of all of those events.

The Florida Center for Early Childhood Education is partnering with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for five screenings of the documentary film. We will have a screening in Charlotte County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, and two in DeSoto County. Each screening will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session.

Target Audience: Early learning educators, K-12 teachers, social services staff, nonprofits working with children and parents, government agencies, business leaders, and elected officials.

The following are the confirmed dates and times for the screenings/discussions:

Sarasota County
Saturday, November 9
10:00am - 12:30pm
USFSM Selby Auditorium, Sarasota

Manatee County
Tuesday, November 12
4:00pm - 6:30pm
Manatee Community Foundation, Bradenton 

Charlotte County
Wednesday, November 13
6:00pm - 8:30pm
1st United Methodist Church, Punta Gorda
Note: *Childcare is available upon request for the Punta Gorda screening

DeSoto County
Friday, November 15
4:00pm - 6:30pm
South Florida State College, DeSoto Campus
Saturday, November 16
10:00am - 12:30pm
South Florida State College, DeSoto Campus

There was a screening of the completed film in late May in Bogotá, Colombia, and one in early June in New York. This film is beautifully shot and was created to focus on the importance of brain development in the first years of life.

Here are two links to the trailers for Brain Matters.


FREE to attend
Seating is limited
Please respond by Friday, October 25th

I hope you will join us for one or more of these events,
Beth Duda

Comments (2)

  • Shelly Dorfman

    Shelly Dorfman

    01 October 2019 at 11:34 | #

    I plan to attend the Manatee Community Foundation Session on Tuesday, November 12th at 4-6:30 PM.


    • Stacy Sternberg

      Stacy Sternberg

      01 October 2019 at 16:10 | #



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