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James R Armstrong Theatre

3330 Civic Center Drive

Torrance, CA 90503

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Award winning documentary "Amazing Grace" followed by talk back with Grace Fisher and filmmaker Lynn Montgomery

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Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation and the Grace Fisher Foundation present Amazing Grace.

Come see the award winning documentary “Amazing Grace” profiling Grace Fisher, a 23-year-old Santa Barbara woman and the obstacles she’s overcome from a paralyzing disease. This free screening will take place at 2pm on September 19 at the James Armstrong Theatre. There will be a Q&A with Grace, the Fisher family and filmmaker Lynn Montgomery immediately following the screening.

Grace Fisher was a gifted cellist, pianist and guitarist, on her way to the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. At her 17th birthday party, she developed a severe pain in her spine. By the time she got to the hospital, 5 minutes away, she couldn't walk. By that night, she couldn't breathe. Grace Fisher was diagnosed as patient 101 with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like disease, with no cure and no clear understanding of why this mysterious illness has ravaged the bodies of over 500 children in the US, most of them under the age of 7. AFM strikes every other year. 2020 is expected to be the worst year yet. If this had happened 50 years ago, Gracie would be living in an iron lung, but due to medical progress and the astounding strength and perseverance of this brilliant musician, Grace is able to live a rewarding life as a composer of sublime musical scores for full orchestras, presented to sold out audiences. Academy Award winning composer of La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, says, "Gracie is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met." He compares her symphony, Waltz of the Waves, to the scores of Nino Rota, Academy Award winning composer of The Godfather. Gracie says it best, "My only limitation will be my imagination." This 55 minute documentary follows Grace Fisher on her journey from "quadriplegic floating head" to triumphant composer relishing a thunderous ovation in the concert hall. With limitations come powers, and in Gracie's case, the power to create sublime harmonic beauty.

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In partnership with the City of Torrance, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation's mission is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality at the best value possible. We strive to bring families together for the wonderful and enriching experiences best provided by live entertainment.

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