Thanks to the Hartford Courant’s arts writer, Susan Dunne, the 17th annual Jewish Film Fest got underway Thursday with a little celebrity power at its opening reception at Spotlight Theatres on Hartford’s Front Street.
It was her story about the annual film festival that prompted producer Mark Manson to come in from New York to attend the opening night that included a red carpet reception and the screening of his film “Follow Me-The Yoni Netanyahu Story”
“Harriet (Dobin) sent me an email about the festival and included a copy of the Courant story,” said Manson. “I read the story and was so impressed that I decided to come down for opening night.”
Dobinis is the director for the festival that this year features 21 films being shown at several locations through April 15.
About 300 people attended the opening night reception including Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
Pictured are Manson, left, festival chairwoman Ronnie Siegel, Dobin, committee member Ruth Lazowski and theater general manager Steve Menschell.