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2019 Guests

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Jamie Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein is an author, narrator, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. The daughter of composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, Jamie is the author of the new memoir, Famous Father Girl, detailing her youth growing up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theatre and literature. 

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Liz Brown

Elizabeth A. Brown is an independent scholar, consultant, and educator specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees, all in the history of art, from Columbia University in New York.  From 2000-2011 she was Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Henry Art Gallery. She has taught at the Photographic Center Northwest, the University of Washington, Seattle University, PCNW, Gage Academy, and Cornish College of the Arts.

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Paula Eiselt

Director: 93QUEEN
Paula Eiselt is an independent filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her background as an Orthodox woman allowed her unprecedented access to the Orthodox community in Borough Park. 93QUEEN is her debut full-length documentary, in which Eiselt consciously involved other women in roles from production to editing to the soundtrack by Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman and Hasidic vocalist Perl Wolfe.

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Warren Etheredge

Shorts Program Curator: IDENTITIES. MISTAKEN?
Warren Etheredge has worked on the film festival circuit for 20 years. He got his start at the Seattle International Film Festival, then went on to serve as the Curator & Director of the 1 Reel Film Festival (at Bumbershoot) for six years. Currently, he is the Director of Walla Walla Movie Crush Festival and has staged/hosted events at Sundance, SXSW, Port Townsend, Bend and other well-known festivals. He has interviewed many guests at SJFF andthe  Arts + Ideas stage including, Michael Solomonov, Nigella Lawson and most recently Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Garfield High School Jazz Program Combo

Nationally renowned Garfield Jazz Ensemble has been a consistent winner at major regional and national high school jazz competitions for many year. Garfield High School Jazz Trio preform with artistic excellence and style. More informaiton.

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Ricki Gurwitz

Ricki Gurwitz is a former producer at CTV News Channel. She started her career in New York, where she was a producer at WABC News Talk Radio. She moved back to Toronto in 2009 where she took over the production of the The Bill Carroll Show and The Jerry Agar Show on Newstalk 1010. In 2011, Ricki made the switch to television, joining CTV News Channel as a segment and associate producer, working with reporters in the field to package news stories, and in the newsroom to cover the headlines of the day. In 2015 Ricki left CTV to produce The Accountant of Auschwitz, her first feature documentary.

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Klez Katz! Klezmer Band

The Klez Katz! are dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of the rich musical heritage of the Yiddish diaspora. Their repertoire encompasses freilach, bulgar, sher, terkishe, khosidl, theater music, folk songs and even the odd klezmer-influenced jazz tune. The Klez Katz have been featured at numerous events, including City Hall Concerts, The Wallingford Wurst Festival, Northwest Folklife, and The Tilth Harvest Fair.

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Joseph Lovett

Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, who after working at ABC News 20/20 as director/producer, founded Lovett Productions in 1989. In 2001, he won a Peabody Award and received an Emmy nomination for writing, producing and directing HBO's Cancer: Evolution to Revolution. His latest film, Going Blind, and its outreach campaign, has ignited awareness to improve access to vision enhancement services. He has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, such as the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award.
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Michelle Dunn Marsh

Michelle Dunn Marsh is the Executive Director and Curator at the Photographic Center Northwest. Her commitment to education, collaboration, and achievement of excellence have defined her career and gained her national recognition. Michelle’s professional experience includes fifteen years with Aperture Foundation in New York City, first as a designer and later as deputy director for the organization, and as Co-Publisher of Aperture magazine.


Devin Naar

Dr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University. His first book Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece was published in 2017.

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Micah Smith

Micah Smith is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker whose films have been featured on Netflix, and have been screened at international film festivals, the UN, British Parliament, and US Congress. Smith graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Jeannie Yandel

Introducing: WORKING WOMAN
Jeannie Yandel is a co-host of the KUOW's podcast Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace. Jeannie, has produced many KUOW shows including, Morning Edition, Rewind, The Conversation and The Record. 


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Andru Joseph Miller Zodrow

In 2018,  Andru Joseph Miller Zodrow, an 11th grader at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, won first prize for his short film in the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Writing, Art & Film Contest.