The fourth Stowe Jewish Film Festival is all about variety, according to co-founder Edee Simon-Israel.
She said the film selection process begins with a far longer list than what ultimately makes the final cut, culling it down while “looking at it through the lens of what works in Stowe.”
“We’re not trying to rock a lot of boats or be too cutting edge, but rather trying to come up with a series with variety,” she said.
“Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People,” explores the life of the legendary journalist, a Jewish immigrant, and his battles for freedom of the press and with president Teddy Roosevelt.
Local journalist David Goodman will host a post-screening discussion.
“Some of the lessons from that film are so relevant and we think it has some very timely messages,” Simon-Israel said. “He was a newspaper man in the 1800s and he was talking about fake news.”
And “Chewdaism: A Taste of Montreal” will offer a helping of levity after the previous nights’ headier fare.
The film is by Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, creators of the webcast “Yid Life Crisis,” and follows them through the various Jewish eateries. Hilarity and history lessons ensue.
— Tommy Gardner