Friday, April 30, 2010
FILM FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
From the Festival Chairman
The Screen Actors Guild - Michigan
Seats are limited, please call 248-432-5461
Welcome back to the movies!
As chair of the festival, I am pleased with our selection of films this year. Once
again, we have found more than 40 incredible movies from around the world. Of course,
we have films from Israel and the United States, but also from Canada, France,
Argentina and Australia.
I know that with all the new technology, watching a movie at home can seem more
attractive. With huge HD televisions, surround sound and comfortable couches, it
takes some effort to come to the theatre. But what you gain at the festival cannot be
duplicated at home. Our film festival is about community, where you enjoy the experience
with others, friends, family and strangers. You laugh together and cry together. And
is there a better smell than freshly popped movie theatre popcorn?
The event continues even beyond the film showing. Along with movies to entertain
and educate, we are bringing guest speakers, sponsoring talks by community leaders
and room to continue these discussions with fellow movie goers long after the final credits.
With all the films to choose from, deciding what to see may seem daunting. As you
browse our brochure, make your top picks, maybe five-six films that you can't miss.
Then fill in with a few more. Finally, for good measure, take a chance on a handful
of additional films, just to try something new. You might be pleasantly surprised at
these extra picks.
Finally, to make this a truly amazing community event, bring someone new to the
festival: a friend, a child, a spouse. There is a movie for everyone and an audience
for every movie.
1 Lunch & Learn Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
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Michigan! Some of the country's leading
actors, directors and filmmakers are
making their way to our state. How did
it all happen? Members of the Jewish
community who were instrumental in
bringing a bit of Hollywood to Michigan
will tell the incredible story and discuss
what it can mean for the future.
Invited speakers include Jim Burnstein,
screen writing professor at the University
of Michigan; Ken Droz of the Michigan
Film Office; Marcia Fishman, executive
director of the Screen Actors Guild-
Michigan office; and Andy Meisne
Oakland County treasurer.
Workshop includes a sandwich, drink
Eric Lumberg, Film Festival chair
What a year! What a challenge! What a film festival! Back in November when I began,
I could not have imagined how exciting it would be to serve as director of the Lenore
Marwil Jewish Film Festival.
With big shoes to fill, I stepped into the position. As most often happens, everyone
in the Jewish community has been welcoming, caring and ready to lend a hand, ear
and word of advice.
I've lived in many different communities throughout the country, and I can honestly
say that nowhere has been as welcoming as Metro Detroit. Blessed with an incredible
festival chair and steering committee, we began 2010 with a new vigor and excitement.
Allow yourself to be swept away by our fantastic festival of films which range from
a documentary about the birth of Hollywood to an everyman story about self-acceptance
through sumo wresting to a thriller about an escaped war prisoner who committed
And be sure to join us for our Patron Night event with Joshua Sinclair. A best-
selling author, physician, actor and director, Sinclair wrote and directed "Jump," the
incredible true story of a Jewish man accused of murder who grew up to be one of
Hollywood's greatest photographers.
We also have special guests certain to bring depth and insight to the films. We will
welcome Emily Kunstler, daughter of lawyer William Kunstler, and Yisrael "Izzi" Lifschutz,
a master filmmaker and storyteller of the "Hasidic Actors Guild."
Another exciting surprise is our first-ever Workshop Initiative, where we will present
a day of workshops featuring local Jewish leaders and representatives of the thriving
Michigan film industry.
Despite these incredibly difficult times, when we all pull together we find avenues
to enrich our lives through the joy of film and the arts.
Thank you for your support, and many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to
make this festival possible.
Afternoon Actors' Workshop
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Come earn ever
industry with a successful actor (who
is both Jewish and a Michigan native).
With the support of the Screen Actors
Guild-Michigan branch, we present Steve
Goldsmith, who appeared in the film
"Hoffa," "Turk 182, "Zelig" and "Stree
Boss," among others.
Join us for this exciting and informative
workshop which will leave you ready
to be a Hollywood film star!
Workshop includes coffee and light
Afternoon Technical Workshop
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how a movie
is made? Do you dream of becoming a
filmmaker? Is film technology right up
your alley? Then don't miss our worksho
with invited facilitator Mark Adler of th
Michigan Production Alliance, an expert
on all technological aspects that lead to
successful movie making.
Workshop includes coffee and light
Shari Lebo, Lenore Marwil Film Festival director