JT Johnson, DC Film Festivals Examiner
Aviva Kempner has no need to impress.
Everyone else will do that for her.
As the founding director of the 22-year-old Washington Jewish Film Festival, she’s done enough to enable and catalyze random and decisive acts of filmmaking in the D.C. area at every turn.
As if further evidence of due adulation were necessary, Kempner was awarded the WJFF Visionary Award for her demonstrable “courage, creativity and insight” in representing the “diversity of the Jewish experience” in film. Then, she was made to exhaust her arsenal of work in retrospective form during this past Saturday’s festivities–a night with her name written all over it.