Podcasts

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Director, Washington Jewish Film Festival

The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s director Ilya Tovbis wants to open doors to Jewish life around the world. And for ten days, the Washington DC area is home to some 70 international films both documentaries and narratives from emerging and established directors. Ilya defines a “Jewish film” as a work with “ something deliberately to do with the Jewish experience, culture, history, which is a malleable concept.” Yet, he chooses not to aim the films at a Jewish audience exclusively. He wants the audience to be as diverse as the stories on the screen, which is neither quick nor easy. Now in its 28th year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival has established itself as a prestigious event for filmmakers. How then to reach out to the audience in its own backyard? That’s some of questions Ilya discusses in this podcast.

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Cartoonist and Multimedia Artist

Cartoonist and multimedia artist Liz Reed is co-creator with her husband Jimmy of Cuddles and Rage—it’s a world inhabited by food with quirky personalities. Liz calls it “disturbingly cute,” which seems about right. In one-panel cartoons, dioramas, and animated short videos, Liz and Jimmy Reed create work that is cute—but it always has a twist. Take Dr. Taquito—a serial killer of food, who gives cooking lessons—ruthlessly shredding lettuce and chopping tomatoes as the poor vegetable victims try to get away. It’s an unashamedly playful and dark imaginative work. In today’s podcast, Liz takes through the creation and evolution of the singular world of Cuddles and Rage.

Watch video: Cooking with Dr. Taquito: 3 Ingredient Pancakes.

Film director

The making of the independent film Little Boxes.

Please note: This interview took place before the unexpected death of Nelsan Ellis who stars in the film Little Boxes.

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Director: Indie Grits Labs

More than a film festival.

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Documentary filmmakers

Their film Spettacolo  looks at a small Tuscan village where each year life is translated into art.

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Actor and Tony- Award winning Producer

Shining a light on untold stories.

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Art Critic for NPR’s All Things Considered

Bringing a love of art to the craft of criticism.

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Documentary Filmmaker

Winter at Westbeth shines a light on artists and aging.

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Creator and Host of the television series Bare Feet

As host of the Emmy Award-winning series, Mickela Mallozzi travels the world learning the traditional dances and music of each place she visits.

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Photos Courtesy of Shirley Road Productions

Documentary Filmmaker and NEA Grantee

Black Ballerina looks at different generations of dancers, but is it the same story?

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