Film Screening and Discussion of
A Journey Through Breast Cancer

(a documentary film)

Monday, October 28, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm PST
Harbor View Ballroom
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


Join other ICCH Conference attendees for an evening viewing of A Journey Through Breast Cancer, a documentary film that focuses on the importance of communication between patients, family members, and medical teams when managing breast cancer. Designated for wide dissemination across regional, national, and global viewing audiences, attention is given to a major social problem and valued resource: The critical role of communication and social relationships, over time, as interactions about breast cancer occur within both clinical and home settings.

This innovative documentary film integrates the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and the arts to create a resource that permits meaningful and sustained dialogue about delicate, complex, and frequently misunderstood communication challenges – and life-affirming opportunities – arising from cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

Following the film viewing, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion with Principal Investigator (PI), Writer, & Executive Producer Wayne Beach, PhD.
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Wayne A. Beach, Ph.D. , Principal Investigator (PI), Writer, & Executive Producer

Wayne Beach, PhD

Dr. Beach is Professor in the School of Communication at SDSU, Director of the Center for Communication Health & the Public Good, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, and Member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego. Recent awards include the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award, National Communication Association; 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award, Western States Communication Association; Translational Entertainment and Education Award from George Mason University; SDSU’s President’s Leadership Fund and Dean’s Excellence Awards; and SDSU’s Faculty ‘Monty’ and Professor of the Year Awards for Outstanding Research & Teaching Contributions.

His research and teaching focus on the convergence of conversational and institutional interactions. He has pioneered diverse studies focusing on the social organization of verbal and embodied features of everyday talk and action. A particular concern with health and illness has given rise to long-term investigations of how family members talk through cancer on the telephone, medical interviewing in primary, preventive, and oncological care, and related illness dilemmas (e.g., bulimia, obesity, chest pain, cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis). Recent publications and projects focus on social activities such as how cancer patients and oncologists manage hopeful moments, justify wellness, and use ‘normal’ to characterize health and sickness in the clinic, communication throughout breast cancer care, and interactions during genetic counseling and family decision-making about health risks.

He is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters, as well as Conversations about Illness (1996) and A Natural History of Family Cancer (2009), which received two prestigious book awards from the National Communication Association: The 2010-2011 Outstanding Book Award (Health Communication Division) and the Outstanding Scholarship Award (Language & Social Interaction Division). He also edited the first Handbook of Patient-Provider Interactions (2013) – a compilation of over 50 seminal studies advancing understandings of communication during medical interviews and related clinical encounters.

External funding for Dr. Beach’s research has been awarded from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and several philanthropic foundations in San Diego. His current work examines how patients make available and oncologists respond to hopes, fears, and uncertainties about cancer. He is also collaborating with theatre professionals in a production – When Cancer Calls… – funded by NCI and adapted from actual family phone calls examined in A Natural History of Family Cancer, documenting how family members communicate about and manage cancer on the telephone. A national documentary film, A Journey Through Breast Cancer, is also being produced on the importance of communication and social relationships (in clinics and homes) throughout cancer journeys.

Timothy A. Powell, Ph.D., Producer & Filmmaker

Timothy Powell, PhD

Dr. Powell has a Ph.D. in Education, with a Master of Arts degree in Film Production. He currently heads the Television, Film, and New Media program at San Diego State University.

He is an internationally recognized, Emmy award-winning filmmaker. In addition to working on over 350 episodes of network television for ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX, Tim worked as a producer and/or director for 10 series for the Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks. He also spent 5 years producing and directing for the documentary series, National Geographic “Explorer.” He has a long history with Walt Disney Productions and Disney Entertainment, including live shows and network television specials. He has travelled all over the world, filming documentaries in 25 countries. His historical documentary film, “Coronado: Building a Dream,” won an Emmy award for Outstanding Historical Documentary and his recent documentary, “The Machine that Built the Great Pyramid,” won two Telly awards for Outstanding Documentary.

With a strong passion for the performing arts, he has spent the last 5 years concentrating on performing arts productions and live events, garnering three Emmy award nominations for performing arts programming. These programs included “Squawk!,” a play about Apartheid in Africa, filmed live at the Theatre of the World Festival. In addition, a documentary about San Diego School District’s Old Town Program, presented with the play, “Fire and Mist,” (a performing arts production geared toward young audiences), and “Jungle Book,” another Theatre of the World Festival production for young audiences. He also filmed a documentary on the famed Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia.

He is currently focusing on live event recording and web-streaming of live theatre, music and dance events. Recent projects also include bringing performing arts to youth and under-served groups, as well as extending the reach of Arts organizations through international presentations and collaborations. He is also filming and producing a documentary film on the importance of communication and social relationships between breast cancer patients, family members, and cancer professionals.

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