Published: Oct 13, 2018
By Samuel R. Murrian
The 12th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival came to a close on May 3, and the closing night event was a screening of Aaron Wolf‘s documentary Restoring Tomorrow, a chronicle of the recent restoration of the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.
The temple was built in 1929 with the support of many legendary movie moguls like MGM heads Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer, as well as Jack, Albert and Harry Warner (The Warner Brothers). The enormous building was falling into disrepair nine decades later. With the support of the congregation’s contemporary leadership, the temple was restored to its previous grandeur, a process which took nearly a decade and cost almost $200 million.
The 12th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival kicked off April 26, and the opening night gala was a tribute to Hollywood icon Ed Asner. The opening night was attended by other famous faces like Matthew Modine, Ed Begley Jr. and Frances Fisher.
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival highlights and celebrates the diversity of the Jewish experience through film. Now in its twelfth year, the festival ran April 26- May 3.