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Screen: Special Showings

Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me

When: Wed., May 31 2017

In his documentaries, Durham director Rodrigo Dorfman has explored the transformative power of art by focusing on artists and musicians who have had to fight to be heard. That interest found new, poignant expression in this 2013 documentary, whose subject has had to fight even harder than most. The title character in Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me is an autistic man of sixty who dreams of vocalizing in the style of Sinatra in front of a big jazz band. Although watching Tommy realize his dream could make a curmudgeon choke up, Dorfman doesn't sentimentalize his subject or mine his story for easy pathos. His respectful spirit aligns with that of "A Series of Fortunate Events," a monthlong Arts Access initiative highlighting the work of artists with disabilities. The film's star, Tommy Onorato, will be on hand in his capacity as a member of Triangle Alliance Chorus, which will perform afterward. —David Klein

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