Above: The documentary film "Spokane's Voices of the Holocaust" will screen during the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival. (Photo/KSPS PBS)
It’s that time of year again to indulge in film festival festivity.
Two local festivals are scheduled to begin their runs in coming weeks, and as in years past both feature in-person and online viewing.
Let’s take them in order.
Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2023 (Jan. 28-30): Over the years, this festival has presented some of the best films in play in Spokane each calendar year. And this event shouldn’t be any different, with its slate of 10 films including both narrative and documentary features (and one short).
One example: “Spokane’s Voices of the Holocaust.” Produced by Spokane Public Television (KSPS PBS), this documentary features Holocaust survivors such as Eva Lassman and Carla Peperzak sharing their stories of avoiding capture and death during World War II.
Those wanting to attend in person can attend screenings at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center all three days. Online viewings will be available between Jan. 28 and Feb. 5.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. All information can be found on the festival website.
Spokane International Film Festival (Feb. 3-5): Now in its 24th year, SpIFF 2023 will feature a far more abbreviated schedule than in years past, making this year reminiscent of its origins as the Spokane Northwest International Film Festival.
One example: “Sam Now.” Written, produced and directed by Reed Harkness, this documentary opens the festival by telling the story of two film-obsessed brothers trying to solve a family mystery. Namely, trying to find their missing mother.
The three-day festival will feature some 48 films, features, documentaries and shorts, covering a range of topics and styles. Information about online screenings, the festival lineup and ticket pricing, can be found on the SpIFF website.
So, to all you fest-goers, see you at the movies.
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