On Oct. 20 at 7p.m., the Pella Opera House kicks off its 2016-17 season with a FREE screening of ‘Screenagers’. This documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. In addition to the movie screening there will be a panel of experts to answer questions and discuss further this vital topic that affects everyone in today’s society.

“We are very excited about this season and am especially thrilled to be able to offer this very important documentary to the community.” states Heidi Kelley, Executive Director.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

‘Screenagers’ director, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists. ‘Screenagers’ reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

After the screening, all audience members are invited to join a selected panel of guests to further discuss this topic in depth. Panelists include members from the Pella community. ‘Screenagers’ is sponsored by Pella Corp.

Tickets are now on sale for all of our performances for the 2016-17 season and can be purchased by calling (641) 628-8625 or visit the Pella Opera House located at 611 Franklin Street. Purchase tickets online at www.PellaOperaHouse.org.

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