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2019 Guests

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Jamie Bernstein

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: LARGER THAN LIFE

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Liz Brown, Scholar

THE MUSEUM
Elizabeth A. Brown is an independent scholar, consultant, and educator specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees, all in the history of art, from Columbia University in New York.  From 2000-2011 she was Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, following similar positions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, and the University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara.  She has published numerous articles, essays, and exhibition catalogues and curated over 50 major exhibitions, including mid-career surveys of Kiki Smith (photographic work) and Lari Pittman (drawings), WOW (The Work of the Work), which explored how contemporary art affects the viewer; and 150 Works of Art, an innovative display of the Henry’s permanent collection. In Seattle she has taught at the Photographic Center Northwest, the University of Washington, Seattle University, PCNW, Gage Academy, and Cornish College of the Arts. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the transformative power of experiencing works of art as they were meant to be seen and how artists think and invent visually

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Paula Eiselt, Director

93QUEEN
Paula Eiselt is an independent filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her background as an Orthodox woman allowed her unprecedented access to the Orthodox community in Borough Park. 93QUEEN is her debut full-length documentary, in which Eiselt consciously involved other women in roles from production to editing to the soundtrack by Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman and Hasidic vocalist Perl Wolfe.

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Klez Katz! Klezmer Band

BRUNCH FILM: HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL
The Klez Katz! are dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of the rich musical heritage of the Yiddish diaspora. Their repertoire encompasses freilach, bulgar, sher, terkishe, khosidl, theater music, folk songs and even the odd klezmer-influenced jazz tune. The Klez Katz have been featured at numerous events, including City Hall Concerts, The Wallingford Wurst Festival, Northwest Folklife, and The Tilth Harvest Fair.

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Joseph Lovett, Director

CHILREN OF THE INQUISITION
Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, who after working at ABC News 20/20 as director/producer, founded Lovett Productions in 1989. In 2001, he won a Peabody Award and received an Emmy nomination for writing, producing and directing HBO's Cancer: Evolution to Revolution. His latest film, Going Blind, and its outreach campaign, has ignited awareness to improve access to vision enhancement services. He has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, such as the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award.

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Devin Naar, Speaker

CHILREN OF THE INQUISITION
Dr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University. His first book Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece was published in 2017.

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Matthew Shoychet, Director

THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ
Matthew Shoychet is a Toronto based filmmaker and editor. He has a BFA in Film Production from York University and founded the production company Shoy Pictures with his brother, Dylan Shoychet. The Accountant of Auschwitz is Matthew's documentary feature film debut.

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Micah Smith, Director

SUSTAINABLE NATION
Micah Smith is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker. His films have screened in over 40 festivals on five continents. Smith graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

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Andru Joseph Miller Zodrow, Director

VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA