ROSENWALD screening at the National Archives

Posted February 10th, 2016 by

the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater

On February 4th, David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, opened up the evening at the National Archives with a warm introduction for the film, Rosenwald, as well as for Aviva Kempner and author, journalist, and president of the National Archives Foundation A’Lelia Bundles. Bundles also appears in the film.

Archivist David S. Ferriero

The showing saw a large turnout as many enthusiastic viewers stayed for a chance to listen to Aviva and A’Lelia discuss the film after the screening.

A’Lelia Bundles

Photos by Bruce Guthrie.

Rosenwald plays at Longue Vue, home of Julius Rosenwald’s daughter, in New Orleans

Posted January 14th, 2016 by

Last weekend Aviva visited Longue Vue House & Gardens, the New Orleans home of Julius Rosenwald’s daughter Edith Stern, for a special screening of Rosenwald. Edith, like her father, was a gracious philanthropist, humanitarian, civil rights activist, and assisted in the establishment of Dillard University. The home now serves as not only a museum and garden, but a great learning facility for everyone with tours of the estate. While visiting, Aviva was able to join a tour and take some photos of the lovely household.

Gift Shop at the Longue Vue House & Gardens
A view of the garden fountain








A sculpture display of various plants- one of many art pieces found on display at the Longue Vue House
The culture and design of the house even spreads to the door knobs!

Needless to say, with a screening at such a historic place rich with culture and educational resources, the film drew a large crowd and filled the venue.

Aviva talks before a crowd at the Longue Vue screening
Aviva after the screening with Bill Hess (left) and Gilbert Rochon (interviewee, right)

ROSENWALD shown at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Posted May 11th, 2015 by

A trip to Toronto provided Aviva with a great opportunity to catch up with her family in the area. After the reunion, Aviva’s family joined her in attending a new festival screening of Rosenwald.

Aviva and her family in Toronto, Canada

Aviva Kempner enjoyed returning to the Toronto Jewish Film Festival to screen another one of her films on May 10th for the showing of Rosenwald. It should be to no surprise that Julius Rosenwald’s contributions are even less known in Canada than they are in the United States. Being the case, it was exciting to spread the story to more people who would not normally have heard it. The audience was still very receptive and appreciated the movie and it’s message.

Special Screening at the Avalon

Posted May 3rd, 2015 by

A special screening of Rosenwald was held yesterday morning, May 2nd, for the cast and crew of the film. Many of the interviewees were in attendance.

Here’s a wonderful picture taken journalist John Dingus (left) & interviewee Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune (right) with Aviva Kempner.

Rosenwald screens at the Nashville Film Festival

Posted April 20th, 2015 by

Last night, April 19th, Rosenwald screened at the Nashville Film Festival. After the screening, a Q & A was held with director Aviva Kempner, interviewees Frank Brinkly and Peter Ascoli (grandson of Julius Rosenwald), and editor Marian Sears Hunter. It was exciting to show the film near Fisk University, where so much research had been done for the film, and the Cairo school, whose restoration we had filmed.

Pictured (left to right): Aviva Kempner, Peter Ascoli, Marian Sears Hunter, Frank Brinkley

At the end of the festival, the was named the winner of the Lipscomb University Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

Brinkley, Kempner, and Ascoli after the screening.

Rosenwald to be screened at Nashville Film Festival

Posted March 31st, 2015 by

Running from April 16th to April 25th over two weekends, the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival will showcase 200 films that beat out a staggering 3,550 submissions which means that some notable documentary, film, short filmmakers were left in the cold while others will be screened in competitive and non-competitive categories. That’s pretty impressive, right? Participating in the Documentary Feature Competition, Rosenwald will be screened on April 19th at the Green Hills Cinema- Theater 16 at 7:00pm. Tickets will go on sale on April 6th at 10:00am.

Sharing an even deeper connection than NaFF, The Cairo School was built in near Nashville, Tennessee in 1922 under the funds of the Rosenwald Fund. Today, it looks almost exactly as it did when it was built, with a gable-end entrance, double-hung sash windows, weatherboard siding, and a stone foundation. In 1959, the school closed. Then, in 2008, the Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) was awarded a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Lowe’s to rehabilitate the Cairo Rosenwald School. The main reason the school was rehabilitated was that the TPT had seen how much the Cairo School had anchored its community, bringing together people of all ages for social and educational purposes. It is now one of only three Rosenwald Schools still standing in Sumner County, TN. The Cairo School appears in Kempner’s film Rosenwald, as it is near the Rosenwald filming location of Nashville, TN.

Key research was also done at the historically black college in Tennessee, Fisk University, which houses the archives of the Rosenwald Fund.

Some notable interviewees in the film are Julian Bond, John Lewis, Cokie Roberts, Ben Jealous, and A’Lelia Bundles.

To get more information about purchasing a ticket and other films that will be screened at the NaFF, click here.