Washington Post: Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival features local entries

Among the movies in the 2016 Washington Jewish Film Festival, which opens Wednesday and runs through March 6, are tales from Israel, Europe and Miami. But the event, co-founded 26 years ago by D.C. documentarian Aviva Kempner, usually includes work by area filmmakers, as well.

This year, the local entries include “Miriam Beerman: Exploring the Chaos,” a documentary by Silver Spring filmmaker Jonathan Gruber about a Potomac, Md., artist. Somewhat less Washington-rooted is “The Hebrew Superhero,” a study of Israeli comics whose co-director, Asaf Galay, lives in the area.

As for the Miami movie, “The Record Man,” it was produced by Mitchell and Deborah Egber, a married couple who divide their time between south Florida and Severna Park, Md. Mitchell Egber said the film’s account of TK Records and its little-known owner, Henry Stone, is rooted in his suburban Maryland youth.

“I used to listen to that music when I worked at Variety Records at Montgomery Mall,” Egber said of such TK Records songs as George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby” — sometimes called the first disco hit — Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell” and all of K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s booty-shaking 1970s successes.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.