Mirrors, Mirrors in the Mind:

Reflections on the Films of Charlie Kaufman.

A Psychoanalytic Symposium on Comedy,

Loss, Attachment & Projection

* Open to the General Public *



Advanced Registration w/Discount

Location & Parking

CEU Objectives


NCP Screenings

April 24, 2010, Saturday 9:00 - 4:30

NRB auditorium (Neuroscience Research Bldg, 635 South Charles E Young Drive) on the UCLA campus

Park in Lot 9 off Charles Young Drive, you will be only a few yards,
on the same level, as the NRB Auditorium

Mirrors, Mirrors in the Mind: Reflections on the Films of Charlie Kaufman

“I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. . . . My characters don’t learn to love each other or themselves.” – Charlie Kaufman



The films of American writer and filmmaker Charlie Kaufman are a psychoanalyst’s dream. They free associate and pun their way through an obsessive exploration of consciousness, memory, identity, fantasy, the real, and the surreal. Mirror, Mirrors in The Mind: Reflections on the Films of Charlie Kaufman is a one-day program in which leading psychoanalysts allow themselves to slip into Charlie Kaufman’s brain-world.  


Film clips from Kaufman’s catalog of extraordinarily quirky and acclaimed projects -- including Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York -- will illustrate the conference’s talks, and a full-length screening of Synechdoche, New York will shape the afternoon program.


As entertainment that satisfies both academic and psychoanalytic exploration, Kaufman’s films offer complex insight into the pain and projection that exists between people by exploring themes of consciousness, integrity, loss, memory, trauma and finitude.


Though stylistically different, his films raise questions about the creative process as defensive vs. growth-promoting mental activity and illustrate how we live with internal primitive mental states in a nuanced world of human relatedness.


This event is sponsored by the New Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Center of California and is presented in cooperation with the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA.


Open to the general public and professional community


    Thomas M Brod, MD (moderator)

Thomas M. Brod, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, and faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis.  He has organized a number of interdisciplinary conferences for the arts and psychoanalytic communities.

   Julia M Schwartz, MD-presenter

Julia M. Schwartz, M.D  is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California where she is in private practice.  In addition to her professional clinical work, she is an artist whose abstract figurative paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in many private collections. 


  Jon Tabakin, PhD-presenter

Jon Tabakin, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California.  He is also a pianist and composer with a Degree in Music Composition and a minor in English Literature from UCLA. 

  Jeffrey Trop, MD-presenter

Jeffrey Trop, MD is Honorary Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; UCLA School of Medicine, Training, Supervising Analyst, Faculty, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, Ca.

  Apurva Shah, MD-discussant

Apurva Shah MD divides his year practicing in Lancaster CA and teaching in Ahmedabad, India.  He trained in adult and child psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and was a candidate at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute before returning to India.

 Janet K.Smith PhD-discussant

Janet K. Smith, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst at The New Center of Pyschoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Center of California where she teaches in the core programs. She is senior faculty in the Eating Disorders certificate course in the NCP Extension Program. She is in private practice in West Los Angeles. 

   Peter Wolson PhD-discussant

Peter Wolson, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), is on the Resident Faculty of the Wright Institute Los Angeles and has a private practice in Beverly Hills. In addition to his professional writings, his op-ed pieces have been used by the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and Counterpunch.

Learning Objectives (for Continuing Education Units):



 Saturday, April 24, 2010

9:00 AM–4:30 PM    CE credits: 6

Fee:  $ 35 no CE credit;  $ 80 with 6 CE/CME credits

call 310-478-6541 x10 for advanced registration discount

UCLA Psychiatry trainees free

NRB auditorium in the Neuroscience Research Building

635 South Charles E Young Drive) on the UCLA campus

Park in Lot 9 off Charles Young Drive, you will be only a few yards,
on the same level, as the NRB Auditorium


Parking Details:  Approach UCLA campus from the south (i.e., from Wilshire Blvd).  Go north through campus to the Parking Kiosk.  Get a parking pass at the kiosk, make a U-turn, and then turn left (East) on Charles Young Drive.  After one building on your left, you come to Parking Lot 9 Drive.  Turn in (left) and park, you will be only a few yards, on the same level, as the NRB Auditorium.




Part I


(9:00 - 9:30am)             Reflections - Comic and Poignant

                                          Thomas M. Brod, MD


(9:30-10:00am)             Pain and Confusion and the Need to Get Rid of One's Mind

                                          Jon Tabakin, PhD


(10:00-10:30am)           Trauma, Loss, and the Collapse of Time and Memory

                                          Julia M. Schwartz, MD


(10:30-11:00am)           General Discussion


(11:00-11:15am)           *Session Break*


(11:15-11:45am)           Themes of Personal Agency and Selfhood

                                          Jeffrey Trop, MD


(11:45-Noon)                  General Discussion


Part II


(1:15-4:30pm)                 Synecdoche, New York -- A  Dream of Self Passage

                                          Thomas M. Brod, MD


                                          Synecdoche, New York (2008)

                                          Film Screening


                                          Panel Discussion

                                          Panel - Apuva Shah, MD, Janet K. Smith, PhD, Peter Wolson, PhD

                                          Moderator - Thomas M. Brod, MD


                                          General Discussion







Also this Spring, New Center For Psychoanalysis will be presenting a series of screenings of Charlie Kaufman films with psychoanalytic discussion ($20 with Continuing Education credits and open to the general public, $10)http://www.n-c-p.org/edu-filmbook.asp

4/9/2010 Being John Malkovich -Thomas Brod, M.D. & Philip Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D.  


4/16/2010 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Janet K. Smith, Ph.D.