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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILMMAKER FREDERIC BOHBOT TO VISIT HIS FORMER MIND HIGH SCHOOL ON FEBRUARY 5

MONTREAL, JANUARY 30, 2014 – It is not every day that a school gets to meet one of its graduates whose film is up for an Academy Award. Yet that is what will occur at MIND (Moving In New Directions) High School (4563 St. Urbain Street) in the Plateau on Wednesday,  February 5 ( 10 a.m.).

Frederic Bohbot is the executive producer of a  film about the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor. It has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category.

The Lady in Number 6 tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, who, at 109 years of age, is the world's oldest pianist and oldest living survivor of the Holocaust.  Bohbot produced the project via his Bunbury Films, working with Academy Award- winning director Malcolm Clarke. They headed to North London, England to meet this remarkable woman from, Prague, who continually states:  "Music saved my life and music saves me still."

In the 35 minute film, Herz-Sommer shares her views on how to live a long and happy life. She discusses music, laughter and how to remain optimistic come what may. The film features beautiful photographs and rare film footage that truly brings Alice’s extraordinary story to life.

To see the trailer go to  http://www.bunburyfilms.com/films/trailer/doc/alice.html
Bohbot will screen the film for students and answer questions. MIND is an alternative, co-managed, democratic high school school for independent and motivated students.   MIND services students whose needs are not being met within the traditional high school setting.  It is a place where you can learn to exist within a small, safe environment.

Bohbot’s visit is timely.  M.I.N.D will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, February 13, at  7 p.m .

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca