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The Washington Jewish Film Festival announced today Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson will receive a 2017 WJFF Visionary Award, which recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the Jewish experience through film and television.
The festival will honor Levinson on Thursday, May 18 at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD with a screening of “Liberty Heights,” followed by a Q&A. “Liberty Heights” is one of four films by Levinson set in Baltimore during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. “Avalon,” the second in the series, nods to Levinson’s Russian-Jewish roots and was screened during the Festival in 2016.
In a first, the festival will be presenting two Visionary Awards this year. As previously announced, master filmmaker Agnieszka Holland will be honored on Saturday, May 27 with a screening of “Angry Harvest” and Q&A.
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