Our topic will be "Play Ball! – Baseball and Other Sports on Film." With the start of the new baseball season, and the release of Draft Day, let's talk about our favorite sports movies. What do we look for in a good sports movie, and how have they changed over the years?
We are honored that acclaimed filmmaker and writer Aviva Kempner will be joining us. Ms. Kempner wrote, directed and produced The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, a documentary about the Hall of Fame baseball slugger who fought Anti-Semitism at home and served America in World War II. It was awarded top honors by the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film received a George Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy.
Ms. Kempner's work also includes Partisans of Vilna: The Songs of World War II Jewish Resistance, Today I Vote for My Joey, and one of my favorites, Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg. She is currently working on a new documentary, The Rosenwald Schools, about how Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald aided Booker T. Washington, head of The Tuskegee Institute, in establishing over five thousand schools for African Americans in the rural South. You can learn more about Ms. Kempner and her work at http://www.cieslafoundation.org/ciesla.php.