2017 Acknowledgements:

This festival would not be possible without the tireless work of the following people:


Hilary Helstein, Festival Executive Director, David Suissa, President, Rob Eshman, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Adam Levine, Chief Financial Officer, Jonathan Fong, Artistic Director, Magda Strehlau, Festival Associate Director, Roni Avneri, Festival Assistant, and all the helpful staff of the Jewish Journal. 


John Fishel, Honorary Festival Chair; Kim Cavallo & Michele Kaufman, Founding Co-Chairs; Marge Chirchick & Elke Ereshefsky, Festival Co-Chairs; Larry Anklewicz, Programming Consultant; Shirley & Phil Sniderman, Community Liaison Co-Chairs; Elaine Seltzer, Volunteer Committee Chair; Marge Chirchick, Susan Dean, Elke Ereshefsky, Edward Gallo, Candy Mintz, Opening Night Committee; Chana & Phil Bell, Mike Eisenberg, Georgette Dunst, Lorie Girsh, Regina Safdie, Shirley & Phil Sniderman, Suzannah Warlick, Screening Committee; Laura Grosz, Latin American Coordinator; Todd Felderstein, Media Arts; Nancy Glassberg, Susan Jarrett, Judy Jonas, Susan Pinkus, Outreach Development.

Additional Thanks:

Ed Gallo Events, Greg Laemmle, Jeffrey Ebenstein of Councilmember Paul Koretz’s office, Consul Maya Kadosh and Shay Perez of the Consulate General of Israel, Deputy Consul General Kathrin Steinbrenner & Consul Jan Peter Schmitt of the Consulate General of Germany, Vera Kuipers of the Consulate General of The Netherlands, Roz Wolf PR, Beth Kean & Rachel Fidler of LA Museum of the Holocaust, Michelle Wolf of JLA Trust, Elinor Marks-Gordon of JFS, Alison Mayersohn of ADL, Liza Asner and family, Neil Friedman of Menemsha Films, Lisa Richie of A24, Mark Ivanir, Stan Taffel, Robert Uher, Marieke Oudejans, Sharon Lester, Naomi Pfefferman-Magid, Dan Kacvinski, Lynn Pelkey, Sara Budisantoso,  Lily Moore of Legacy Entertainment.