27 December 2006

Salt Lake City: input wanted for film festival at IAJGS conference

The 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will also showcase the second Conference Jewish Film Festival.

The 2006 festival, coordinated by Pamela Weisberger, offered some 30 films and opportunities to meet filmmakers and directors. She is also organizing the 2007 festival, and plans to offer educational, entertaining and enlightening films.

Among them: documentaries with genealogical and historical themes, personal stories, fiction films reflecting historical events or the Jewish experience in a historical or sociological context, television specials focusing on genealogical research, classic, restored films, testimonies, and videos focusing on one particular town or region, including those made in commemoration or dedicating of Holocaust memorials, and films reflecting the Yiddish theatre experience.

Weisberger is asking the international Jewish genealogy community for their input.

"If you have a film to recommend or know of new documentaries recently
completed, please contact me," she says. Contact her at pamela@slc2007.org.

Because this area of genealogy is growing and so many people are working on projects, recommendations are welcomed from researchers who may know of interesting films. Says Weisberger, short trailers (8-10 minutes) may be appropriate if complete films are not ready.

The 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held from July 15 - July 20, in Salt Lake City. The program will include international experts and archivists, lectures, panels, classes, workshops, the film festival and an opportunity to utilize the extensive resources of the Family History Library.

For all event details, online registration and breaking news, visit the frequently updated conference website.

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