Community Cinema: For Once In My Life

Community Cinema: For Once In My Life

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screenings of the Independent Lens feature film For Once in My Life.

Join us Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m. as WXXI's Community Cinema presents a screening of For Once in My Life . The event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios and followed by a panel discussion.

For Once In My Life is a documentary about a unique band of singers and musicians, and their journey to show the world the greatness—and killer soundtrack—within each of them. The band members have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities—as well as musical abilities that extend into ranges of pure genius. 
In a cinema verite style, the film explores the struggles and triumphs, and the healing power of music, as the band members' unique talents are nurtured, to challenge the world's perceptions. Made up of 28 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities, the Spirit of Goodwill Band challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. A. Gidget Hopf, President and CEO of ABVI-Goodwill of Greater Rochester, and very familiar with the South Florida Spirit of Goodwill Band.
  • Wade M. Richards, Chair of the Music Therapy Department at Hochstein School of Music and Dance and owner of Time for Music, a private music therapy practice. He is alsoExecutive Director of the Therapeutic Arts Program, a transition program for individuals ages 21-30, a songwriter and published writer.
  • Betsey King, Assistant Professor of Music therapy at Nazareth College and co-founder of Prelude Music Therapy. Dr. King began her music career as a violinist, studying with Dorothy DeLay at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  She has been a board-certified music therapist since 1984, working in a wide range of clinical areas including special education, physical rehabilitation, medical, forensic and gerontology settings. Her current clinical research involves using musical strategies to help adult survivors of strokes and traumatic brain injury with communication deficits, such as aphasia and apraxia.
  • Pamela Spiteri, Director of Drama Kids International of Rochester.
  • Jason Willey, board certified music therapist and a member of the music therapy team at Mary Cariola Children’s Center. His bachelor’s degree is  in music therapy from Nazareth College, and is currently finishing his master’s in music therapy at Georgia College and State University.

This screening is part of WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies' Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a week-long outreach initiative designed to encourage community conversations about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. Celebrating the amazing lives of people with special needs, the heart of this initiative is programming that can be seen on WXXI-TV/HD, WXXI-CREATE and City 12, heard on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2 and Reachout Radio, and screened during WXXI’s Community Cinema series.  Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. To learn more about this outreach initiative, click here.

To learn more about the film, click here.

DOWNTOWN NIGHTS: This screening is part of Coldrush's Kick Off. Coldrush is Rochester’s way of celebrating winter with events and attractions for everyone! Did you know that many of your favorite attractions have late-night openings during the week? So, kick off Coldrush and meet your friends for a drink or dinner, enjoy all that our city has to offer after dark! Other participating organizations include: George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, Geva Theatre Center, Writers & Books and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. See their web sites for details.