For Once in My Life

Every member of the Spirit of Goodwill band copes with challenges and obstacles, but nothing holds them back when it's time to rock the house.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 1, 2011
90 minutes
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2010 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)-Documentary Feature Audience Award
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    2010 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Music Documentary Award
  • Producer/Director

    Jim Bigham


    Mark Moormann

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    The Film

    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.