Marx Brothers to Coen Brothers: True stories inspired by Jewish filmsShare +
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True stories about Jewish films and their personal impact, celebrating some of your favorites: Fiddler on the Roof, Crossing Delancey, Duck Soup, Schindler's List and more. This event, created just for Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival (NVJFF) will feature first-time storytellers, Jewish Community Center Northern Virginia (JCCNV) members and SpeakeasyDC regulars. Plus film clips!
Jon Gann is the Executive Director of CINE, a 57-year old organization that honors the best in film, TV and digital media with the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. He is also the founder of DC Shorts, a non-profit organization championing short filmmaking, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival; now planning its 12th year, the event has become one of the country’s premier short film showcases. Published in 2012, his book, “Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work’ examines how 16 programmers and organizers curate, collect, watch and select films for their festivals. The frank insights reveal the inner-workings of an industry that is often misunderstood. Through Reel Plan, Jon consults with filmmakers on the festival circuit. As a filmmaker, Jon’s notable past projects include: “Cyberslut,” the first gay-themed short film to screen at over 50 festivals and broadcasts worldwide; “Signs,” a national 48 Hour Film Project award winner, and “Offline,” a modern dating parable.
Tamar Kummel is from New York City and a town in VT so small, it doesn’t exist (Ely). She went to high school in Hanover, NH, where her parents still lurk. An actress for an embarrassing number of years, she’s performed all over the world including Asia and on a cruise ship. Tamar has produced the long-running NYC comedy shows, “Initial Stages” and “Raw Meat”. Tamar is a playwright, screenwriter, producer, and a published author. Her book, “How To Run Auditions” is available online everywhere. Her play, “Redial” was performed at the Washington, DC Capital Fringe Festival. She currently lives in New York City and Los Angeles where she can be found acting in many award winning films (some written/produced by her), wearing purple, and eating at fun places. www.TamarKummel.com, CaptainPurpleProductions.com
By day, Layla is a physician and global health professional, running a global public private partnership, teaching at Georgetown University, and writing on health for the National Geographic. By non-work day she travels to as many countries as she can (over fifty and counting). And by night, she is a storyteller. Layla is has performed at SpeakeasyDC, Story League, Spark London, Mortified, and she is a Moth Story Slam winner. She directs and hosts the hit storytelling interrogation show Perfect Liars Club.
Adam Ruben is a writer, storyteller, comedian, and molecular biologist. A teacher with SpeakeasyDC, Adam will perform his new one-man show, "I Feel Funny," in the Capital Fringe Festival this July. Adam is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Random House) and has appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and NPR. He currently co-hosts Outrageous Acts of Science on the Science Channel and Superhuman Science on Discovery International.
Amy has been the director of SpeakeasyDC since 2005. She splits her time between making matzoh ball soup and scouring pop culture for "who's Jewish". Her dog is not circumcised, but he's very "Jewish-identified" culturally.
A longtime resident of Washington DC., she was raised in a military family. They were stationed in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas during her elementary school days. Out of that experience, from tornado warnings and prison breaks she always gauged what an interesting experience looked like. To this day, it’s still a tough act to follow. And because of that, the Wizard of Oz is still one of her personal favorites.