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by Keith Barber

A local film festival and film series highlight this week’s arts events in the Piedmont Triad. The 2009 Triad Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Greensboro Jewish Federation, will host a lineup of films from Feb. 19 – March 1. The festival will run on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays over the course of two weeks. Films will highlight the Jewish experience and celebrate diversity and understanding and will screen at the Regal Grande Theatre at Friendly Center in Greensboro. “The festival committee has chosen six critically acclaimed films that promise to entertain, enlighten, educate and enrich,” said Deborah Kintzing, director of campaign and community relations for the Greensboro Jewish Federation. Kintzing said the festival films share a connection to each another through history, family and community. The 2009 festival opens on Feb. 19 with the film, Noodle, which received 10 Israeli Film Award nominations. The festival will close March 1 with the North Carolina premiere of the documentary The First Basket, highlighting the importance of the Jewish immigrant in the pioneer days of basketball. Lennie Rosenbluth, who led the North Carolina basketball team to a national championship in 1957, will serve as the guest speaker. Festival passes begin at $48; day-of-show tickets will be $10. For further information, go to the Triad Jewish Film Festival website at www.mytjff.com. UNCG’s Women in Film Series continues on Feb. 23 with Gillian Armstrong’s My Brilliant Career, the story of Sybylla, a headstrong girl growing up in early 20 thcentury Australia, who has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man is the second film in the series that kicked off Feb. 16. The series continues through March 30 and features films like Fat Girl, Mean Girls, Water and Little Miss Sunshine. Films begin at 7 p.m. and are screened at the Carousel Grande Cinema at 1305 Battleground Avenue in Greensboro. Admission is $10. On Feb. 27, Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery will host the film premiere of The Life I Meant to Live by filmmaker Leander Sales on at 6:30 p.m. in Dillard Auditorium of the Albert H. Anderson Conference Center on the school campus. The film, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a question and answer session with Diggs Gallery director Belinda Tate and Sales. A Winston-Salem native, Sales worked as editor on Spike Lee’s 1996 film Get on the Bus. Sales’ other editing credits include Malcom X and Do the Right Thing. His 1995 film, Don’t Let Your Meat Loaf, won first place at the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Festival. On Feb. 27, Circa Gallery will host an opening reception for UNCG graduate Perry Boswell from 5 to 8p.m. On Feb. 28, the Bright Star Children’s Theater will return to the Greensboro Historical Museum, located at 130 Summit Ave., for two performances of the play Heroes of the Underground Railroad. The play tells the story of abolitionist movement, including Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Frederick Douglass, John Parker and Henry “Box” Brown. From the challenges and struggles faced along the daunting trek to freedom to the courageous and righteous efforts of the abolition movement, this highly entertaining and interactive performance leaves few stones unturned. Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with ticket prices set at $5. Heroesis recommended for the whole family. For further information, call Betty K. Phipps at 336.333.6831 or e-mail betty.phipps@ greensboro-nc.gov.

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