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    "Beyond the Bolex"—Documentary and Discussion

    Virtual Event on Zoom

    When: Sunday, 5/1/2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    In the 1920s, Jewish immigrant inventor Jacques Bolsey aimed to disrupt the early film industry with a motion picture camera for the masses: the iconic Bolex. Over 90 years later, filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey pieces together the fragments of a forgotten family archive to reveal the epic story of her great-grandfather in Beyond the Bolex. Interviewing family members and renowned filmmakers, Alyssa uncovers Jacques' dramatic life story and his impact on generations of people.
    Take a front row seat at your computer and join James Sokol to watch this interesting documentary, then stay for our exclusive discussion with filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey, great-granddaughter of Jacques Bolsey. Guests are welcome to submit their questions via Zoom's chat.

    Awards and Nominations:
    • Named by the American Library Association as "One of the 12 most notable films of 2021."
    • Winner, Best Feature Documentary—Dallas DocuFest 
    • Winner, Emerging Filmmaker Award—Newport Beach Film Festival 
    • Winner, The Jim Ewing Young Director Award—Port Townsend Film Festival 
    • Nominated, Best Cinematography—Raindance Film Festival 
    • Nominated, Best Documentary—Festival International du Film sur l'Art
    Please enter Oshman Family JCC as Program Partner when registering

    Funded in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.

    Sunday, May 1
    1:00–3:00 PM
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $15 by April 28 | $18 after April 28
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]


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