THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM

Dir. John Lollos (75min, USA, 2014)
Documentary

Portraits of two beloved icons — Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel — are woven together in this enchanting new documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit. Theodore Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones) and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem’s work.

Now 90, Bikel has played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times, and has animated Aleichem’s work through his two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author.

CENTERPIECE SCREENING
Saturday, February 21, 6:45 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

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Additional Screening
Monday, February 23, 8:45 pm
DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Speaker & Events
Due to the weather cancellation of Theodore Bikel’s appearance for the screening on Saturday, February 21, he will now participate in an extended Q&A moderated by Deborah Tannen following the Monday, February 23 screening.

As the DCJCC’s Goldman Theater is smaller than the AFI. space is very limited, and we strongly suggest getting tickets ahead of time.

Bio
A former producer for NBC, John Lollos was a creative member of Channel One (which included Chevy Chase). While there, he helped produced Groove Tube. After the success of Groove Tube, Lollos formed a new company, Video Tape Network, which provided closed-circuit tours on college campuses of Reefer Madness, rock concerts and independent documentaries under the tagline “Television that won’t rot your mind.”

He followed this by producing a live performance recording of the National Lampoon revue Lemmings. Lollos also co-authored the 2002 Off-Broadway show Mr. Goldwyn.

Press
“Critics Pick” – Australia Jewish News

“The grandest event…must-see” -San Jose Mercury News

“Bikel accentuates the positive…a festival highlight” -San Francisco Chronicle