Young man speaking at the auditorium of the Champaign Public Library

Community Cinema - October 04, 2011

Community Cinema Screening Discussion, “Deaf Jam”

This is the discussion following the screening of the film, "Deaf Jam," at the Champaign Public Library, October 04, 2011. Jack Brighton, Director of new media at Illinois Public Media moderated the discussion. Alan Thomas, Deaf Services Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator at PACE, Persons Assuming Control of their Environment, Susan Dramin-Weiss, a Visiting Lecturer in the department of Speech & Hearing Science and a member of the Illini Chapter of Illinois Association of the Deaf and Jazmine McKinney a Community Health student with a double concentration in Health Education and International Health and a poet representing SPEAK Café lead the discussion after the screening. Bunny Berg interpreted for the deaf audience members and Chelsey Wiley interpreted for Alan Thomas and Susan Dramin-Weiss.

Panelists sitting at a table at the film screening

Community Cinema - January 31, 2011

For Once in My Life

This is the discussion following the screening of "For Once in My Life" at the Champaign Public Library, January 27, 2011. Illinois Public Media partnered with Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries to present this screening.

Mike Steinhauer, vice-president of Workforce Development and Rehabilitation for Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries and Tiffany Revelins, consultant for adults and children with autism and manager of two group homes in Champaign-Urbana, led the discussion, moderated by Henry Radcliffe, from Illinois Public Media. There were about 50 people in the audience.

For Once in My Life is the story of a unique band of singers and musicians, and their journey to show the world the greatness – and killer soundtrack – within each of them. The 28 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 vérite 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.