Jewish Doc­u­men­tary Series kicks off

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The Jewish Doc­u­men­tary Film Series will mark its third year with three weeks’ worth of films, all align­ing with the theme “Con­tri­bu­tions to Amer­ica.”

Pre­sented by the Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Greater Chat­tanooga, the series takes place the next three Wed­nes­days at the Jewish Cul­tural Cen­ter, 5461 North Ter­race. All of the film screen­ings be­gin at 7 p.m.

Cost is $7 with com­pli­men­tary pop­corn and a drink. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 423-493-0270 or visit www.jew­ishchatta › “Pro­jec­tions of Amer­ica” and “Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of a Jeep.”

Nar­rated by Jo h n Lith­gow, “Pro­jec­tions of Amer­ica” tells the story of a team of po­lit­i­cally en­gaged film­mak­ers, led by Academy Award win­ner Robert Riskin, who hoped to use the power of the movies to re­shape the world dur­ing the dark­est days of World War II. As Al­lied forces lib­er­ated Western Europe, the mil­i­tary cam­paign was

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ac­com­pa­nied by a vast pro­pa­ganda ef­fort, and at its cen­ter was the Pro­jec­tions of Amer­ica series, 26 short doc­u­men­taries ide­al­iz­ing Amer­i­can life tar­geted at the newly lib­er­ated pop­u­la­tions. These gor­geously crafted films pre­sented sto­ries of cow­boys and oil­men, farm­ers and win­dow wash­ers, im­mi­grants and school­child­ren. Pas­sion­ate let­ters be­tween Riskin and ac­tress Fay Wray, read by ac­tors, frame the story.

“Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of a Jeep,” will screen as an added fea­ture. This 1943 pro­pa­ganda f i l m, pro­duced by the U.S. Of­fice of War In­for­ma­tion, is told from the per­spec- tive of a Jeep, the util­i­tar­ian mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle that ex­em­pli­fied a cando Amer­i­can at­ti­tude. The f ilm was screened around the world, but was es­pe­cially pop­u­lar in France, where it had its first screen­ings soon af­ter the D-Day land­ings. Ac­cord­ing to The New York Times, when­ever the f ilm was shown in Nor­mandy, au­di­ences re­sponded with cheers of “Vive la Jeep!”

The screen­ing will be fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion and au­di­ence Q&A with the film’s edi­tor, Amy Lin­ton.

› “Peggy Guggen­heim: Art Ad­dict.”

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 7:

This f ilm high­lights the life of a cen­tral fig­ure in the modern art move­ment, a col­or­ful char­ac­ter and heiress to a fam­ily for­tune who col­lected both art and friend­ships with artists. › “Mor­gen­thau.” The film chron­i­cles the lives of three gen­er­a­tions of an Amer­i­can fam­ily: Henry Mor­gen­thau Sr., U. S. am­bas­sador to the Ot­toman Em­pire; Henry Mor­gen­thau Jr., U.S. Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury un­der Pres­i­dent Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt; and Robert M. Mor­gen­thau, district at­tor­ney of New York County for more than 30 years.

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