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AETN, UALR host Community Cinema at Thompson Library
AETN, UALR host Community Cinema at Thompson Library

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 invite the public to a free screening of “For Once in My Life” as part of Community Cinema Monday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock.

The film, directed by Mark Moormann and produced by Jim Bigham, explores the struggles and triumphs, and the healing power of music, as the bands members’ unique talents are nurtured to challenge the world’s perceptions. “For Once in My Life” features 28 members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, all living with varying degrees of physical and mental challenges. The film follows the Spirit of the Goodwill as they prepare for the U.S. Mayor’s Convention that will feature an audience of over 1,000 and highlights the arduous process that becomes a test of patience, compassion and faith.

The screening will be held in Roosevelt Thompson Library located on 38 Rahling Circle off Chenal Parkway in Little Rock. For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit www.aetn.org/engage.

Following the screening, a community discussion will be held with president and CEO Brian Itzkowitz of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.  Attendees may register to win a free soundtrack of “For Once in My Life” that will be given away following the screening. “For Once in My Life” will air Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. on AETN-3 PLUS/World and Sunday, Feb. 6, at 11 p.m. on AETN-1.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.