National Alliance on Mental Illness Lehigh Valley’s Executive Director Margaret C. Murphy to lead discussion on mental health

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (FBAC), located at the ArtsQuest Center on the SteelStacks campus, is proud to feature “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” The film covers the life of the late chef, writer and adventurer.

“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” gives an intimate look into how Bourdain started his career as an anonymous chef and later became a cultural icon. The documentary is directed by Academy award-winner Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) Click here to watch the trailer. The film is rated R and runs for 1 hour and 58 minutes.

ArtsQuest is honored to share the story of Anthony Bourdain and open the floor for important conversations about mental health. Following the screening at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lehigh Valley’s Executive Director Margaret C. Murphy, will be joining the audience for a talkback. The organization will also have a table outside the cinema equipped with mental health information and literature before the movie.

“NAMI Lehigh Valley is excited to participate in the screening of Roadrunner. We hope the film will prompt ongoing conversations about suicide prevention and the importance of seeking help if someone is experiencing mental health issues or emotional suffering,” Murphy said. “We need to get rid of the stigma around even discussing suicide and mental illness that keeps people from getting the help they need.”

“We know there may be some who will be hesitant to come see this movie due to the feelings and/or memories it may trigger,” Ryan Hill, ArtsQuest Programming Director said. “We’re honored to have NAMI with us on Saturday to speak to what steps people can take to help themselves or loved ones who deal with thoughts of self-harm.”

The film can be viewed at the following times:

Thursday, July 15: 7 p.m.
Friday, July 16: 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 17: 1 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 18: 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21: 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 22: 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Visit steelstacks.org to purchase tickets. In accordance with CDC, state and local health guidelines, masks are no longer required for vaccinated patrons at the FBAC. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated. The cinemas are operating at 50 percent capacity.

About ArtQuest

ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events.

Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 50 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association.


Information provided to TVL by:

Nicole Harrell
ArtsQuest Director of Communications