STORY WRITTEN BY CHERYL THORNBURG
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The 2nd Annual Summer Shorts Film Series presented by The Kehillah of Chester County is underway at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. The weekly series features screenings of contemporary Jewish short films from around the world followed by lively discussions. Screenings are presented on consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.m., now through Aug. 26.
Seymour Levin, a Chester County resident and long-standing member of the Philadelphia Jewish Films are shown in the screening room of the Colonial Theatre, located at 227 Bridge Street in Phoenixville. The third floor screening room of the theater is handicapped-accessible. A $6 donation per session is suggested.
The next session will be held Wednesday July 8. The program features
MOSES ON THE MESA USA: 2013 |18 min.
This short drama was inspired by the real life of Solomon Bibo, a Jewish boy from Germany who came to the Wild West in the late 1800s. He learned how to ride a horse, shoot a gun, play poker with outlaws, make friends with “Indians” from his grandpa’s tall tales… and always remained a Jew… a Moses on the Mesa.
HOLLOW LAND: Canada, Denmark, France | 2013 | 13 min.
This animated short tells the story about the eternal search for home. Hollow Land pursues the dream of utopia.
Making of Hollow Land: The makers of the film speak about the process. 6 min.
EVAN KAUFMANN – FATHER’S LAND: USA | 2012 | 9 min.
The survivors of the Holocaust, as well as their descendants, grapple with the issue of modern Germany. Jewish-American hockey player Evan Kaufmann faces a dilemma as he wrestles with whether he should continue playing in Germany, despite the fact that many family members were killed in the Holocaust.
ME AND THE JEWISH THING: Denmark | 2009 | 43 min.
A witty, thoughtful meditation on the collision of two cultures. Danish Jewish filmmaker Ulrik Gutkin and his Danish non-Jewish girlfriend find themselves on opposite sides regarding circumcising their new baby boy.
The Kehillah of Chester County, is a Jewish Community Collaboration funded by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. It is a partnership of area synagogues, congregations and Jewish resources that works on creating group effort programs, events, educational experiences and service opportunities that are open to the entire community.