This new film screening series from Docs In Progress pairs seasoned and emerging documentary filmmakers whose films share a genre or theme. Each program will include a screening of a work-in-progress by an emerging documentary filmmaker followed by a feedback session with the audience and the seasoned filmmaker as respondent. This will be followed by a new look at a classic film by the seasoned filmmaker.
Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2017, we will be organizing two of these screenings at different venues in Washington DC.
Sunday, August 6: Spotlight on Personal Documentaries
Things get personal as we delve into the lives of two filmmakers and their families in an exploration of the genre of personal documentary. Join us for one or both films at the Edlavitch DCJCC at the intersection of 16th Street and Q Street, NW near Dupont Circle in Washington DC.
2:00 pm: Work-in-Progress Screening of Bonnie Rich's Searching For My Jewish Soul
Filmmaker and Jewish mom Bonnie Rich takes a light-hearted approach to a serious matter—convincing her millennial daughters to raise her unborn grandchildren Jewish. Her daughters see no need for religion as they navigate adulthood. Bonnie is undeterred and pursues meaning in Judaism beyond matzo ball soup as she goes on a 40-day diet of prayer, embraces Bubbie and Zaydie wisdom, sings Jewish songs off-key, and drags the girls to meet with rabbis. But will she convince her daughters that Judaism is relevant?
Screening of rough cut followed by an audience feedback session with filmmaker Bonnie Rich, facilitated by Erica Ginsberg from Docs In Progress. Tickets are $13.50 available through Washington Jewish Film Festival site for this film only or $25 for both this and 51 Birch Street.
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4:00 pm Screening of Doug Block's 51 Birch Street
Do we ever really know our parents? If we were suddenly given the chance to know all about them, would we take it? And is it ever too late to establish a deeper connection with them? These are the primal human questions at the heart of Doug Block’s acclaimed personal documentary 51 Birch Street. Spanning 60 years and three generations, the film weaves together hundreds of faded snapshots, 8mm home movies, and two decades of footage in a tale of what can happen when our most fundamental assumptions about family are suddenly called into question. First released in 2006, this film was a darling of critics, festivals, and audiences both in its theatrical run and its later broadcast on HBO. As the late Roger Ebert wrote of it, "This personal, lovingly hand-crafted film offers a down-to-earth corrective to decades of comedies and romances from the Hollywood fantasy-factory that faded out on the climactic kiss at the altar."
Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Doug Block, moderated by Andrea Passafiume from Docs In Progress. Tickets are $13.50 available through Washington Jewish Film Festival site for this film only or $25 for both this and Searching for My Jewish Soul.
Get tickets for 51 Birch Street or both films
This venue is wheelchair-accessible. ASL interpretation will also be provided.
A second screening will be announced soon for Fall 2017.
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This program is organized by Docs In Progress and made possible through the support of