Since 1998, the Ann Katz Festival has brought a steady stream of writers and fellow travelers to town. Last November, however, Hurricane Sandy had other plans, making it impossible for a few writers and artists to make it to Indy. Thus, this year will see a second, mini edition of the festival, May 6 until May 9, featuring two rescheduled talks and a film screening. All events are $8 for the public and $5 for JCC members.
David Javerbaum, a twelve-time Emmy-award winner and former producer and head writer for The Daily Show, will take the stage May 6 at 7 p.m. to open the mini-fest. His book and short film, The Last Testament: A Memoir by GOD and God - It Getteth Better respectively, will be discussed during a Q&A session.
Wednesday night is when journalist Alicia Oltuski arrives to discuss her latest work, a book titled Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and A Way of Life. Oltuski uses her journalist knowledge to take the audience on a journey of New York's diamond district and the generations-long secrets kept by families in the business. A $2,000 diamond ring courtesy of Aronstam Jewelers will be given away during the event.
The Ann Katz Festival redo wraps up on Thursday night, as Heartland Truly Moving Pictures partners with the JCC to host a screening of the award-winning documentary Besa: The Promise, about the Nazi occupation of Albania and the heroic efforts of native Muslims to adhere to their code of honor. The film challenges our traditional thoughts about Jewish-Muslim relations, as men bridge generation gaps and differences in faith to survive.