featured specials

featured specials

    close menu

Independent Lens: For Once In My Life Challenges What It Means to Live With Disabilities

December 21, 2010

George Hazimanolis

David Tobiczyk


Independent Lens: For Once in My Life
Challenges What It Means to Live With Disabilities

PITTSBURGH— Join WQED’s Education Department and community partner Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 p.m. for the fourth installment of Pittsburgh’s Community Cinema; this free event will feature a screening of For Once In My Life and an expert panel discussion.

For Once In My Life is a look at the Spirit of Goodwill band in Miami, Florida, “a unique assembly of singers and musicians” whose shared love of music transforms their lives and transcends their mental and physical challenges. Part of the PBS series Independent Lens, For Once In My Life follows the band as they prepare and perform for more than 1,000 people at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2008 annual meeting in Miami. For Once In My Life was the winner of the Audience Choice Awards at both the Sarasota and Nashville Film Festivals, and the Audience Award at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival.

The screening is FREE to the public and will be held in WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio at 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland. Following the documentary, attendees are invited to participate in a panel discussion led by David Dombrosky, Board President of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Arts Management and Technology. To make reservations visit www.wqed.org/education or click here.

Community Cinema is a monthly series presented by the WQED Education Department that runs through June 2011. Each month a FREE screening is held at WQED’s studios for new Independent Lens films, with panel discussions and community dialogue following each viewing. For the full Community Cinema schedule, additional film resources and a link to make reservations for the next screening go to www.wqed.org/education

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

About Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Established in 1919, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human services agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. Its mission is to help people improve their quality of life through work and related services. Goodwill SWPA provides a broad array of employment-related education and workforce development programs and services for people with physical and mental disabilities. Under a franchise-like agreement with Goodwill Industries International, it serves eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania and nine counties in north central West Virginia. The agency also manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing, Inc. Goodwill SWPA currently operates 27 retail stores and will expand that number to 30 stores by mid-2011. With over 1,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $40 million, Goodwill SWPA ranks among the largest of the 165 Goodwill organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award–winning weekly series airing on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Independent Lens features unforgettable stories about unique individuals, communities, and moments in history. Presented by ITVS, the series is supported by interactive companion websites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns. Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts. The series producer is Lois Vossen.

| Community Engagement | website



WQED Pittsburgh
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Key Contacts

George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
Corporate Communications


Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate


Media Usage Policy