Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa attends a luncheon prior to the ROSENWALD screening, with panelists Aviva Kempner, Pam Horowitz, and Rita Dove speaking afterwards

Posted on November 9th, 2015 by

After returning from Berlin for a screening of one of her previous films, Partisans of Vilna, Aviva immediately headed to Charlottesville, VA for the Virginia Film Festival’s screening of Rosenwald at the University of Virginia! Before the film, Diane and Tim Naughton hosted a luncheon for Rosenwald with many in attendance- including the head of the festival, Jody Kielbasa. The Naughton’s are big supporters of Rosenwald and the festival, with Diane serving on the festival board.

(left to right) Diane Naughton, Aviva Kempner, Tim Naughton

After the screening, a Q&A was held with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, Pam Horowitz (spouse of the late Julian Bond), and interviewee and UVA professor Rita Dove. The panel was moderated by Deborah McDowell (Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies). The packed theater was filled with an engaging audience- including someone who had attended a Rosenwald school, and even someone who currently lives in a restored Rosenwald school!

(left to right) Diane Naughton, Jody Kielbasa, Pam Horowitz, Deborah McDowell, Aviva Kempner, Rita Dove