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Sunday-@-the Saidye

Documentary filmmaker Garry Beitel Ė The Man who Learned to Fall

May 2005

Artistic director Bryna Wasserman welcomes award-winning filmmaker, Garry Beitel, to discuss his acclaimed film, The Man who Learned to Fall. A feature documentary, it is the story of Phil Simmons, a gifted writer and teacher who lived for ten years with ALS and articulated a passionate love of life as he became progressively more ill. The film is an intimate odyssey that follows him and his family in the last year of his life. Captured is the witty eloquence and poetic grace of a dying man and his heroic journey. Donít miss this inspiring and informative morning. Enjoy an opportunity to be part of a nationally broadcast program.

Garry Beitelís in-depth explorations of individuals and communities in transition have been broadcast on Canadian television for almost 20 years. Produced in both English and French, his probing, intimate portraits have won both national and international awards.

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the lobby afterwards.

Date: Sunday, May 8, 2005

Time: 1:00 AM

Location: The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, 5170 chemin de la CŰte-Ste-Catherine

Admission: FREE! No reservations necessary

NB: There will be a free screening of The Man who Learned to Fall on Thursday, May 5 at 1pm in the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre so that people can get a chance to get to know the film and the subject matter a little better before S-@-t-S.

Mitch Albomís Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom runs from May 2-22