The Pioneering American Jewish Women Directors

Join us for a special movie night on Saturday, March 14th at 7 pm

Professor Emeritus Laurie Baron will be presenting this lecture in honor of Women’s Weekend at Temple Emanu-El.  Although women have always been involved in the production of American films as actresses and screenwriters, their entry into the ranks of directors was belated.  Changes in the American film industry and public attitudes towards     ethnicity and women’s rights in the 1960s paved the way for the emergence of significant Jewish women directors in the 1970s who brought Jewish and feminist perspectives to their films.  This lecture will profile Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid, 1972) Joan Micklin-Silver (Hester Street, 1975), Claudia Weil (Girlfriends, 1978), Lee Grant (Tell Me a Riddle, ), and Barbara Streisand (Yentl, 1982) tracing their paths into directing through their own celebrity in the entertainment industry or through the making of documentaries and independent films.

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Baron held the Nasatir Chair of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University from 1988 until 2012 and directed its Jewish Studies Program until 2006. He has authored and edited four books including The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema (Brandeis University Press: 2011) and Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema (Rowman and Littlefield: 2005).

We will be celebrating Havadalah before the movie.

Popcorn, candy and drinks are provided.  No reservations required.  A $10 donation is suggested.
Join us for a Bring Your Own Dinner before the movie at 5:30 pm.

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