Remarkable Jewish Cinema? This festival is sure to be packed with some wonderful independent films. For those of you in the Sarasota area, the festival will present a number of films in your own backyard. Even if you miss the festival, I encourage you to check out some of its offerings down the line.
Here's a bit about the festival itself, and at the end, I've provided a link directly to the website:
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
presents 2 weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus
speakers and special events. Through collaborations with educational and
cultural organizations as well as businesses, the Festival provides
audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture,
secular and religious life, history and politics.
screened across the Pioneer Valley – this year in Amherst, Chicopee,
Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, Springfield, and
West Springfield - in venues ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame in
Springfield to the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield with many stops in
is a collaborative effort of dozens of volunteers and professional
staff from organizations across the Pioneer Valley. The Festival offers,
among other things, a temporary common ground where community
members interested in experiencing Jewish culture via film can learn, be
inspired, and enjoy being together. Cinematic stories of joy and
celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history -
all demonstrate time and again how important film is as a medium to
help us to understand who we are, where we are from, what life is like
for others around the globe, and how all of this relates to our
contemporary lives and choices.