The Greenville Jewish Film Festival will present their SummerFest event on Sunday, August 27 featuring the film “The Jews and the Blues: A Musical and Spiritual Journey.” The filmmaker Drew Stone will speak. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.
“The Jews and the Blues” is a musical journey that along the way becomes something much more. Drew Stone, a documentary filmmaker, musician and talk show host born and raised in New York City follows his passion for music and adventure. He travels to Israel and discovers how the blues ties into this incredible mix of cultures. Arab, Ethiopian, Moroccan, all Jewish, all Israeli, united through the universal tie that binds them together…. music.
The SummerFest event will be held at the SC Children’s Theatre on Sunday, August 27. The filmmaker Drew Stone will speak after the screening. A reception with cuisine featured in the film will follow the program. The proposed evening schedule is:
4:00 pm: Doors Open
4:15 pm: Introduction & Movie
5:30 pm: Guest Speaker, Drew Stone, Director of “The Jews and The Blues”
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Guests will enjoy Middle Eastern Fare by Uptown Catering, and Live Music from Charles Hedgepath, a local singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Blues enthusiast
Tickets are $30 per person and will go on sale on August 1. Learn more about the event and the film here: https://greenvillejewishfilmfestival.com/summerfest-2023/.
The mission of the Greenville Jewish Film Festival is to showcase a compelling selection of Jewish films to the Greenville, SC area which educate, inspire, entertain and highlight the diversity and commonality of our community. The Project Director Caroline Warthen said, “The Greenville Jewish Film Festival presents an opportunity to discover new and challenging films to help forge bonds that strengthen cooperation and put an end to any bias or prejudice. In a world where there are so many tensions and fears about racism and antisemitism, we feel this is a necessary program. We hope to educate people about issues facing minority groups.” Learn more: https://greenvillejewishfilmfestival.com/.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.