Bringing Our Community Together One Film at a Time

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ossining Library’s Budarz Theater: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562


View the trailer: Heal 

Panelist Bios:

Leah Sasha Schwartz, M.S., L.Ac.
NYS Licensed Acupuncturist
Nationally Certified, NCCAOM Diplomat

Leah Sasha Schwartz, L.Ac. is New York State Licensed and Nationally Certified Acupuncturist.  A current Doctoral candidate, she has been a student, patient and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine for more than a decade. Leah has offices in Northern Westchester where she successfully treats a wide variety of physical and emotional health concerns.  The focus of her work is the integration of the whole person to find alignment and fulfillment on the path to wellness and balance.



Laurie Sodaro Gershgorn
Chef, Food Educator, Nutritional Consultant

For 11 years, Laurie, founder of Healthy Culinary Creations, brought healthy meals to families throughout Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT. As consumers learn more about the importance of eating healthy, natural food, demand for Laurie’s personal chef services and other convenient meal options skyrocketed. So, in January 2017, she opened Good Choice Kitchen in Ossining NY. Private clients can still enjoy their weekly meal plans, while locals and commuters dine in the café or carry out freshly made meals. Catering and cooking lessons also available.

Trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, Laurie has worked as a private chef since 2007.  Using her culinary skills, and knowledge of food, nutrition, and the physiology of the body, in concert with holistic nutritional theories and modalities, she helps her clients achieve wellness through the power of whole, real food, consumed as part of a customized, balanced plan. She empowers them, no matter their age or stage of life, to realize their own potential for following a healthy lifestyle based on their individual needs.

Laurie, a longtime advocate and supporter of local farming and sustainability, has also taken her talents to local school districts where she is actively involved in working to reverse the current school food debacle, by introducing fresh, healthy meal alternatives.



Alan Levin
Psychotherapist and founder, Sacred River Healing

Alan was a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Florida in Gainesville during the 60’s. He went with a group of New Left leaders to Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban government in 1967. In 1970 he became a student and then teacher of a transformational spiritual practice, Agni Yoga, in California. He became a licensed psychotherapist in 1985 and has been integrating psychology with the study of shamanism and meditation practices.
For several decades he has been focused on integrating political action with spirituality. He moved to New York in 2004 and has a psychotherapy practice, teaches meditation and has been focusing on what he calls “holistic activism.”


 “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.”  ~Alfred Hitchcock

It is our mission to bring our community together to watch, enjoy and engage in conversations about documentaries.

We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.

At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.

We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in The World.  Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.

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