World Premiere of “Ari’s Theme” Documentary at Toronto Hot Docs

Apr 29, 2024
Ari's Theme

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is proud to announce the world premiere of “Ari’s Theme”, a compelling documentary showcasing the extraordinary journey of local composer and performer Ari Kinarthy. Directed by Nathan Drillot and Jeff Lee Petry of Salazar Film, the documentary unfolds Ari’s remarkable story against the backdrop of his lifelong battle with spinal muscular atrophy. It captures Ari’s indomitable spirit and innovative use of technology to pursue his musical aspirations.

Empowering Creativity

Ari Kinarthy’s journey of creative discovery began in 2007 when he tapped into his artistic talents through the pioneering Music Therapy Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Collaborating closely with Music Therapist, Allan Slade, since that time has been profoundly transformative for Ari. Despite his physical challenges, Ari has emerged as an accomplished musician and composer, crafting music with a computer and the Soundbeam by translating movements made with his wheelchair into melodies.

Ari’s Theme Documentary

“Ari’s Theme” delves deep into his life, shedding light on the transformative power of music therapy and its vital role in the lives of individuals facing physical challenges.

The documentary features poignant interviews, captivating performances, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into Ari’s creative process. Viewers will witness firsthand the impact of music therapy on Ari’s life, as well as the uplifting moments shared with fellow students performing his original compositions on stage.

“Ari’s Theme” is set to premiere at the Toronto Hot Docs festival on April 30 and May 2, 2024 shining a spotlight on the groundbreaking work happening in the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Music Therapy department. This heartwarming documentary promises to inspire audiences with its message of resilience, creativity, and the profound impact of music on the human spirit.

For more information about “Ari’s Theme” and to watch the trailer, visit the Hot Docs Festival and YouTube.

Deadline and POV Magazine have also covered Ari’s remarkable story and the power of music therapy.