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NYU School of Medicine Adult ADHD Program to Host a Special Screening of “Gigante: A Documentary"

Written by NYU Langone Medical Center on 28 May 2012.

torres111215ntNew York City - The NYU School of Medicine will host a special screening of GIGANTE, a documentary about Andrés “Yungo” Torres, a Puerto Rican professional baseball player currently with the New York Mets and his struggles with acute ADHD. It revisits the pivotal years of his childhood in flashbacks interpreted by children culled from the humble Western Puerto Rican neighborhood where Yungo was raised and flashes forward between his last year as a San Francisco Giant and his new beginning with the Mets. Starring his teammates, coaches, family, and the luminaries of ADHD research, GIGANTE aims to put a light on the man who has achieved so much in spite of one of the most acute manifestations of the disorder. Part cautionary tale, part biopic, it aims to inform, enlighten and inspire.

There will also be a discussion panel on adult ADHD chaired by Lenard Adler, MD, director of the Adult ADHD Program, NYU School of Medicine and interviews with Andres in English and Spanish with Xavier Castellanos, MD.

The film was written, produced and directed by Chusy (Anthony Haney-Jardine), a Sundance Award-winning filmmaker.

What: Special Screening of GIGANTE
Who: NYU School of Medicine
Where: Farkas Auditorium, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
When: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7pm-9pm
Further information is available via email:adultADHD@nyumc.org
For information regarding the documentary go to:http://yungogigante.com/y/screening.html

About NYU School of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine is one of the nation’s preeminent academic institutions dedicated to achieving world class medical educational excellence. For 170 years, NYU School of Medicine has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history and enrich the lives of countless people. An integral part of NYU Langone Medical Center, the School of Medicine at its core is committed to improving the human condition through medical education, scientific research and direct patient care. The School also maintains academic affiliations with area hospitals, including Bellevue Hospital Center, one of the nation’s finest municipal hospitals where its students, residents and faculty provide the clinical and emergency care to New York City’s diverse population, which enhances the scope and quality of their medical education and training. Additional information about the NYU School of Medicine is available at http://school.med.nyu.edu/.

About plan A films
Plan A Films was founded in 2009 by brothers Carl Haney and Anthony “Chusy” Haney-Jardine. The company focuses on purpose-based work, on making movies that matter. To date their work has garnered awards at major festivals around the world, including Sundance, and has inspired countless lives.
Their most recent film, GIGANTE, is a profile piece—half-biopic, half-documentary—on the professional baseball player (New York Mets), Andrés Torres who suffers from acute ADHD.

To see more of their work, visit www.planafilms.com