Work-in-Progress Screening and Talk:
CAPTURING 150 YEARS AGO: THE ROSENWALD SCHOOLS
Local filmmaker icon Aviva Kempner shows an excerpt of her most recent work: a nearly-completed documentary on Julius Rosenwald, the Chicago Jewish businessman and philanthropist who joined with African American communities in the South to build schools for them during the Jim Crow era. The film celebrates a great Jewish and African American partnership that sprung from the South Side of Chicago.
Kempner accompanies the film excerpt with an in-depth conversation about the challenges of finding and evocatively using a combination of archival feature footage (Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, The Frisco Kid, and Young Mr. Lincoln) to bring to life over 150 years of history. See how film greats such as Henry Fonda, Harrison Ford, Jane Seymour, and Gene Wilder help uncover little-known American Jewish history, and catch a sneak peek at the yet-to-be-released documentary.
Co-Presented by Docs In Progress, The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, and Women in Film & Video.