For Once in My Life

For Once in My Life

DVD - 2011
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The Spirit Of Goodwill Band is a Miami-based big band like no other. The group is comprised of 29 musicians, all of whom are living with physical or mental challenges -- the pianist is blind and autistic, the lead singer never fully recovered from being dropped by his mother when he was 14 months old, the drummer's development was stunted by his mother's efforts to hide her pregnancy, and other members of the group deal with Down's Syndrome, physical handicaps and a variety of other conditions. But under the direction of Javier Pena, the musicians have been given an opportunity to show their talent, which has created new opportunities for them helped the members better deal with the world around them. In the documentary For Once In My Life, filmmakers Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann tell the true story of the Spirit Of Goodwill Band, allowing the musicians to speak for themselves as they open up about their past, their love of music and their ambitions for the group, as well as following the group as they rehearse for the biggest show of their lives -- a mayor's conference in Miami in which they'll play for an audience of 1,000 people from around the country.
Publisher: [United States] : Big Blue Box Productions, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 784.4809 FOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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May 06, 2018

An inspiring film with amazing and gifted accomplishments by people, many of whom had started out with little expected of them, yet exceeding beautifully with the right, patient and loving direction of the conductor who gently inspired them to work together.

Sep 04, 2011

What an awesome movie! I am usually not a documentary watcher, but this movie was so moving and well done. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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