Alongside the academic cycle, the Browning Cinema’s programming wraps up this month and reopens in July with the Summer Classics Series followed by the ANDkids World Film Festival come the beginning of August. There’s a lot happening in May prior to “dark June,” however, including the 8th Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival which runs May 14-17. Joining Establishing Shot to discuss this year’s festival is Sarah Snider, a Michigander who graduated from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and minors in History and Women’s Studies before completing her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame in 2017.
Currently, Sarah is a professor of multimedia writing and rhetoric at Notre Dame and serves on this year’s MJFF’s Film Committee. Chaired by Steve Lotter and Sheri Alpert, the committee has been convening since October and has watched dozens of feature-length and short films to pull together a slate that includes a wide range of subjects, eras, nations, and genres.
In the mix are Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a biodoc about the screen legend’s overlooked off-screen accomplishments; Foxtrot, the Ophir-sweeping war drama; GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II, a documentary on faith and military service; 1945, a Hungarian drama about post-Holocaust re-integration; Remember Baghdad, a documentary about Jewish-Iraqis in recent history; The Last Suit, a drama on age and personal indebtedness that spans Argentina and Poland; Keep the Change, a rom-com that took top honors at Tribeca last year; and The Wedding Plan, an Israeli comedy that would pair well with My Big Fat Greek Wedding with its meditations on marriage, faith, and fate. Each evening begins at 5:15 p.m. with a short film before the feature begins at 5:30 p.m. After a dinner break, the second feature screens nightly at 8:00 p.m.
Ted and Ricky then pivot effortlessly to their monthly Top 3 segment. With Mother’s Day around the corner, May is the perfect month to discuss moms in movies. Ted and Ricky run down their favorite cinematic motherly portrayals, with Annette Bening, Alison Steadman, and Dame Angela Lansbury among some of the screen moms of note.