‘Grateful’ set for Jewish Film Festival


The Indianapolis Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is set for Aug. 25 to 29. The Aug. 26 program at the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis Cultural Arts Center, 6602 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, includes a 6 p.m. screening of “Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story.”

At age 33, Indianapolis Jewish community member Berebitsky had been married for 2 1/2 years, had a 15-month-old son and was just finishing her residency as a naturopathic physician when she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The 17-minute documentary was produced by Geist resident Amy Pauszek, whose Where’s Amy column runs in Current Publishing newspapers. The film has won several awards at film festivals nationally and internationally, recently winning Best Documentary Short Film at Milan. The film was directed and produced by Indianapolis resident Paul Nethercott. Geist resident Jean Miller Thompson was an executive producer and Justin Park, a 2018 Carmel High School graduate, was the director of photography. Pauszek is an executive producer as well.

There will be 20th anniversary screening of the classic film, “Gloomy Sunday.” Set in Hungary during World War II, the film follows Ilona and the three men who fall in love with her: Laszlo, a Jewish restaurant owner; Andras, a pianist who was inspired to write the song “Gloomy Sunday;” and Hans, a German businessman. The movie won Best Screenplay at the 2000 German Film Awards and Best Direction and Best Cinematography at the 2000 Bavarian Film Awards.

There will be a screening of “Magic Men” at 5:30 p.m. and “The Sign of Love” Aug. 25 at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis.

Tickets are $10 per film, $15 for a double feature, two-film day pass (available Aug. 25, 27 or 28) or $60 for a Festival Pass good for all eight films plus two shorts. Trailers, schedule, ticket purchase information and other details (such as the menu of boxed dinners available for pre-purchase Aug. 26 to 29) can be found at jewishindianapolis.org/film-fest.