Film & TV

Igor Shteyrenberg on Miami Jewish Film Festival 2015 and Its Limitless Possibilities

With the Miami Jewish Film Festival opening January 15, buzz just keeps growing. Some screenings have already sold out, a talented group of filmmakers is getting ready to visit, and the lineup of films is as diverse as ever before. Even though it's been around for 18 years, it's astounding what director Igor Shteyrenberg has done in only his second year running what some would consider a niche festival.

"Over the past two years, we've shared a selection of films that highlight both the creativity and unique ways artists are using to tell stories and the impact these stories can have on a community. This year is no exception," Shteyrenberg says confidently.

Though last year's festival had its fair share of interesting events, "one look at the breadth of this year's program confirms that the festival is even more crucial today," he says. "We've striven to curate around salient themes and topics, and provide each audience member with the opportunity to discover, contemplate, and, in a way, determine, our shared human journey."

See also: Miami Jewish Film Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

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Juan Antonio Barquin is a Miami-based writer who programs the queer film series Flaming Classics and serves as co-editor of Dim the House Lights. Barquin aspires to be Bridget Jones.