Taught by Ilya Tovbis
Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
5 Sessions, July 21 – August 18
Registration deadline: July 16

$149 ($129 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

Ever wonder why your favorite filmmaker takes so long to come out with new work? Why Hollywood is obsessed with sequels? How a film is birthed from the kernel of an idea, nurtured in the screenwriting process, made tangible during shooting, refined through editing, and eventually brought to the silver screen?

Over the course of 5 sessions, you’ll be introduced to the core stages of film production, and the key players that shape the process: where exactly is the line between a producer and a director? How does the director of photography interact with the editor? What about the sound engineer and the score composer?.

Classes will be comprised of lectures illustrated with film and audio clips, and small-group discussion. Additional streaming film rentals required (prior to each session, participants will be assigned a film to watch). This is not a filmmaking course, and filmmaking experience is not expected or required.

Teacher: Ilya Tovbis is the Artistic and Managing Director of JxJ, and for 8 years the Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. He has been a guest programmer at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) and the Virginia Film Festival (VAFF). His film reviews and industry breakdowns have been published in indieWire, Slant Magazine, and Flavorpill.


*The following JxJ Donors are eligible for class discounts:

  • Fan Level ($175) and above donors renewing their donations for the 2020/2021 Season (gifts received after July 1, 2020).
  • New Donors at the Fan Level ($175) or Above

Use the email address attached to your JxJ account and your donor discount will automatically be taken in your cart. If you have questions, call 202.777.3210 and we will be happy to help you complete your transaction.