The American Jewish Story Through Cinema: Sunday Nov. 2, 2014. 10am – Westport Town Hall

We are pleased to present a special event; The American Jewish Story through Cinema, in partnership with the Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County and the UJA/Federation – Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk and Eastern Fairfield County, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The lecture starts at 10am, followed by a lunch break, and then the film beginning at 1pm.

Join us for a day long cinematic journey with Eric Goldman, an expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film and noted film educator, as we analyze classic American period films and understand the American Jewish experience over the last century. There will be a break for lunch and then a screening of the 2001 American film, “Focus”, based on a novel by Arthur Miller, starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern. In the waning months of World War II, a man and his wife are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. Suddenly the victims of religious and racial persecution, they find themselves aligned with a local Jewish immigrant in a struggle for dignity and survival.

Tickets for this event are $25 for the seminar and the film or $15 for the seminar or the film. Tickets are available through the Jewish Arts & Film Festival website under Special Events. Note: When you follow the link to the Festival website, you will leave the Westport Cinema Initiative site. Charter member discounts are not available for this event.

This event is sponsored by Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC.

The following restaurants are offering lunch discounts for ticket holders:

Bobby Q’s  – 15%
Java – 25%
Oscar’s – 10%
Spotted Horse – 15%
Tavern on Main – 15%

Watch the Trailer …