It’s a Saturday night and you are trying to figure out what to do tonight. Hang out with friends? Maybe go see a movie? Sound like a basic night, not much thought into it.
Now, add the night stars, the sound of the ocean’s breeze, a comfy couch and a cozy blanket and you have a Saturday well served and FREE.
On the beaches of Bal Harbour, on the last Saturday of every month, a feature film is presented for your enjoyment. Unlike the traditional movie setting, you don’t get to pick this movie. So for those of you, who are constantly planning every detail of your life or who don’t really try stepping out of the box of comfort, this can be your night of spontaneity and excitement. Imagine! All you have to do is show up. The couches, chairs and blankets are already provided, along with free popcorn. Just make sure you wear something warm or take someone special to cuddle up with, for these past Miami winter nights have been a bit breezy, especially on the beach.
This January’s last Saturday’s movie pick was the award-winning musical documentary For Once In My Life. The true story of a band formed by individuals with disabilities. A moving story that encourages and enlightens, giving hope that you can do anything you put your mind to. There’s no excuse after this.
“T he film is about breaking preconceived notions. It is an opportunity to witness a balancing act between what people believe they can and cannot accomplish,” says director Jim Bigham, who began this project at first with hesitation. “We did not want to be a sympathy film, or to take a particular slant like a public service message.” On the contrary, during the viewing the audience’s reaction was of mere enjoyment. All around you hear sympathy and aw along with laughter and joy to be a part of this band for just that moment. “We've been honored, humbled and blown away by the band,” Jim says on his experience with the film.
Javier Pena is the band’s director. He was originally hired as a part time choir teacher for those with disabilities that work at Goodwill. When he realized there was rhythm and repetition in a few individuals he saw it fit to create a band. And so he did. His inspiration and love for this group of individuals has opened the doors of possibilities, performing in their studio for a live audience as well as invites to perform in grand events, taking peoples breath away with their talent and sound. More importantly, Javier, not only as the band director, has been influential to this group as their teacher, friend, counselor, and for some the father figure they never had. Javier Pena helped with this film as Creative Director - “I wanted to see this film made to tell the world what people with disabilities—or any person period—can do when given an opportunity to succeed.”
For February’s last Saturday’s viewing, the 26 th , they will be hosting an Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Movie begins at 8pm at Bal Harbour Beach, behind ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa. Public parking is available at the municipal lot beneath Haulover Bridge or valet parking at the hotel. 10295 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour