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Photo courtesy of ilya Tovbis

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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Story and comic artist

Living the dream.

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Photo by Thomas Wolf[

Dancer and Choreographer

Creating a cultural mosaic of dance

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Director and Playwright

Tazewell Thompson may be wowing critics and audiences with his direction of the opera Appomattox, but he’s an equally brilliant theater director and playwright.

Jonathan Tucker
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DC Youth Slam Team Coordinator

The DC Youth Slam Team is an award-winning internationally acclaimed poetry group. Listen to their poems and find out how it all comes together.

Allen Toussaint
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2012 National Medal of Arts recipient

It's a music-filled podcast with New Orleans composer, producer, and pianist Allen Toussaint who combines elegance with funk. [29:29]

Katie Texas
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Rutabaga Queen and ACE Pilot Kati Texas

Kati Texas takes us behind the scenes of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Grand Championship where art and science go to play. [28:10]

Michael Tilson Thomas

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National Medal of Arts Recipient

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas discusses his dual career as conductor and educator. [30:49]

Mel Tillis

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Country Legend & National Medal of Arts Recipient

Singer/songwriter Mel Tillis tells stories about his career and how performing helped him cope with his stutter. [29:43]

Yeohlee Teng
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Clothing Designer

Yeohlee Teng talks about her design philosophy and her work with Making Midtown, an initiative to reinvigorate creative production in NYC’s garment district. [28:51]

Amy Tan
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NEA Big Read author (The Joy Luck Club)

Amy Tan talks about her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, her relationship with her mother, and the art of writing. [27:49]