Community Stories Festival Spotlight on Storytelling with LIFE IS RICH

Nov 12, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EST

Story District

3329 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010, United States

Event Description

A special spotlight screening of LIFE IS RICH, a story which Bonnie Rich has told both as a live story and a documentary film. Film scholar Joshua Glick will moderate a post-screening panel with the filmmaker Bonnie Rich, Story District Artistic Executive Director Amy Saidman and Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg about the content of the film and different approaches to telling real life stories. There will also be soup.

In this real-life comedy, filmmaker and Jewish mom Bonnie Rich drags her 20-something daughters to a variety of rabbis and holiday celebrations, in an effort to get them to agree to raise her future grandchildren Jewish. ​While her daughters see little need for Jewish ritual that doesn’t involve food, Bonnie wants them to see Judaism as more than matzo ball soup. LIFE IS RICH uses humor, family and food to address a timely social issue—how to make tradition and religious ritual personally meaningful. 
Winner of an Audience Award at the 2018 Washington Jewish Film Festival

Story District's mission is to turn good stories into great performances, to be a platform for diverse perspectives, and to serve as a pipeline and training ground for new voices and talent in storytelling.  Named the "gold standard" in storytelling by the Washington Post and nominated for the 2012 DC Mayor's Arts Awards for Innovation in the Arts, Story District reaches an audience of more than 10,000 annually through the production of more than 25 performances, ongoing adult education classes, and custom trainings and performances for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. We value storytelling as a space for people to listen and be heard, connect with others, embrace different perspectives, examine their own lives, and explore what it means to be human.

Docs In Progress gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. By developing, encouraging, and celebrating new and diverse voices in documentary film, Docs In Progress also seeks to deepen the public’s experience, understanding, and appreciation for documentary as a form of art and expression. The organization does this by offering an array of programs and services aimed at aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers and the broader community, including educational programs for adults and youth, fellowships, pitching workshops, work-in-progress screenings, and the Community Stories Festival. 

Joshua Glick  is Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies and English at Hendrix College and a member of Summer Session faculty at Columbia University. He holds a PhD in Film & Media Studies and American Studies from Yale University. Joshua’s research and teaching focus on documentary, race and popular culture, American social history, and emerging media. He served as a curator and produced the award-winning documentary This Side of Dreamland  (2016) for the traveling museum exhibitionConey Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. Joshua’s book,  Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958-1977, was recently published by the University of California Press. He is currently working on a new book project on contemporary nonfiction media and collaborating on the documentary, Last Days at the Duncan, which explores the contentious transformation of the historic Duncan Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut. ​

Docs In Progress is all about building community through documentary film, but we are proud to be based in the vibrant, diverse, and historic communities of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and the broader Washington DC Metropolitan Area. We have showcased short documentaries about these communities since 2010. Tonight's program screening is part of of the Ninth Annual Community Stories Festival taking place between November 8-14. To see what else is happening, visit

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Story District
3329 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010, United States
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