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March 11, 2016  RSS feed
Culture

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Film Festival has large opening night audience


Jesse and Myrna Starr Jesse and Myrna Starr More than 500 people attended opening night of the 20th anniversary Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on March 2.

“This was a thrilling evening with over 500 movie fans perched at the edge of their seats awaiting a jaw-dropping finale to the stunning film, Remember,” said Stewart Donnell, a festival co-chair.

The evening included the presentation of the annual Starr Awards to long-time film festival supporters Susan Heyman and Michael White along with Cathy Gardner, one of the early organizers of the festival.

In addition, young adult leaders from the 2016 Jewish Leadership Training Institute graduating class were recognized. (See Page 9).

The movie buzz continued with a champagne dessert reception.

“It was so fantastic to see such a diverse group of people attending the opening night of the festival this year. The Tampa Bay community continues to expect better and better independent, well-made, foreign films,” said Sara Golding Scher, festival co-chair.


(L-R) Debbi Eisenstadt, Lisa Harris and Cindy Spahn (L-R) Debbi Eisenstadt, Lisa Harris and Cindy Spahn Added co-chair Steve Schwersky, “The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival is just one of the assurances that the community of three counties (Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough) will continue the legacy of innovative, distinctive and popular events in arts and culture.”

In all, 11 movies that reflect filmmakers’ views of Jewish life from around the world were screened at venues throughout the Tampa Bay area from March 2-9.



Starr Award recipients Michael White & Susan Heyman Starr Award recipients Michael White & Susan Heyman

Starr Award recipient Cathy Gardner Starr Award recipient Cathy Gardner

(L-R) Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Co-chairs: Stewart Donnell, Sara Golding Scher and Steve Schwersky (L-R) Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Co-chairs: Stewart Donnell, Sara Golding Scher and Steve Schwersky

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