Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival ’07

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
March 10th – March 31st, 2007

Through collaborative community effort, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival will be offering a spectacular array of award-winning, entertaining films from around the world this month. Hilltown families and filmgoers of all ages can enjoy compelling drama, comedy, documentary, and shorts from the best film festivals.

The PVJFF runs for three weeks and includes discussions with filmmakers and other speakers, social receptions, art exhibits, and concerts. Film venues range from the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Showcase Cinema, to the Smith College Museum of Art and the Pleasant Street Theatre. Click here for a complete list of venues and film schedules.

Amy Dryansky from the festivals steering committee, has suggested two film programs that may be of interest to hilltown parents:

March 24, 8:00 pm | Northampton, MA. | Smith College / Hillyer-Graham
Mixed Blessings
Directed by Jennifer Kaplan
Story of four interfaith couples, each of whom has made a different decision about their home observance and raising their children.

March 25, 4:00 pm | Northampton, MA. | Smith College / Seelye Hall
Enough! A Kid’s Perspective
Directed by Zoe Greenberg
Greenberg interviewed kids from a variety of class backgrounds about money and poverty for her Bat Mitzvah project. Film is followed by a workshop exploring class issues with Zoe Greenberg, and Felice Yeskel of Class Action. Shown with 2006 Academy Award winner “West Bank Story,” a comical takeoff on West Side Story where an Israeli soldier falls for a Palestinian girl.

PVJFF is supported in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Arts & Culture Initiative, the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the National Yiddish Book Center, and Sapirstein & Sapirstein, Attorneys at Law. Additional funding is provided by the Springfield, Amherst and Northampton Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

To learn more about the festival, call Festival Coordinator, Judi Wisch at 413.586.7719, or go to www.ValleyJewishFilm.org, where a detailed schedule of films and related programs can be found. Come participate and be part of this exciting grassroots event in the making!

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