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The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West

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The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West

“In his documentary debut, director Barry Strugatz, a screenwriter best known for 1988’s Married to the Mob, has crafted a brief but disarmingly cordial tribute to an overlooked Tai Chi ‘sifu’ who didn’t believe in kowtowing to convention.” (Los Angeles Times)

Tai chi, an ancient Chinese form of exercise created as a fighting art, is now practiced by millions of people worldwide for relaxation and health. It’s also a way of life and spiritual practice designed to achieve balance in mind, body, and spirit. The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West focuses one of its greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, who brought the practice to America during the turbulent ’60s. Cheng—a poet, painter, and calligrapher, as well as a martial artist—comes to vivid life in riveting footage of his teachings and in stories told by his former students. You’ll come away from this affectionate, enjoyable portrait with a deep understanding of this master of moving meditation.

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

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Q&A filmmaker Barry Strugatz and tai chi instructor Ed Young with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman
Q&A filmmaker Barry Strugatz and tai chi instructor Ed Young with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman
Thursday, Feb. 15 2018, 7:00
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Director and co-producer Barry Strugatz has made award winning short and feature films, and has written screenplays for Jonathan Demme and Michele Pfeiffer (Married to the Mob), Meryl Streep (She-Devil) and directed Melissa Leo (From Other Worlds)The Professor is his first documentary.

Ed Young, an award-winning illustrator and tai chi practitioner in Westchester who appears in the film, was one of Cheng Man-Ching's first students.



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