Barry Levinson, Amy Heckerling headline Washington Jewish Film Fest

WASHINGTON — He was born in Baltimore and studied at American University before directing “Diner” (1982), “The Natural” (1984), “Good Morning Vietnam” (1987) and “Rain Man” (1988), which won him an Oscar for Best Director.

This week, Barry Levinson headlines the 27th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival (May 17-28), bringing important films and insightful Q&As to the AFI Silver Theatre, Bethesda Row Cinema, E Street Cinema, National Gallery of Art and Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

“The quality of the films shine through,” festival director Ilya Tovbis told WTOP. “If you’re a cinephile, if you’re interested in films that’ve been at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Cannes, this is often your only chance — almost certainly your first chance — to see them in D.C. … It’s a rare and amazing opportunity to meet the filmmakers and artists behind it, ask them questions at the Q&As and participate in panels.”

Tovbis says he’s seen the festival grow considerably during his five-year tenure.

Read more at WTOP.