Santa Monica College is pleased to host a tribute to renowned director, producer and dancer Herbert Ross at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The tribute includes a free screening of the classic film “The Turning Point.”

Ross’ niece and SMC board of trustees vice-chair, Louise Jaffe, will introduce the film. Jaffe will talk about – and share photos of – Ross and his wife, American prima ballerina Nora Kaye. Film star Leslie Browne will also discuss the film prior to the screening via video chat.

SMC film studies professor Josh Kanin and SMC dance department chair Judith Douglas will moderate an audience discussion following the screening.

The tribute is sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC dance department. The screening is free and held in Room 165 of the SMC humanities and social science building, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

“The Turning Point,” nominated for 11 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), is a 1977 drama about the world of ballet and the choices dancers must face in their lives. Directed by Herbert Ross and starring Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Leslie Browne, the film tells the tale of a former dancer who – when her daughter joins a ballet company – is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

For additional information, please call (310) 434-4856.

– Submitted by Grace Smith, SMC Public Information Officer

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