|Sharing the Screen: 20 years of film by Israelis and Palestinians
Janis Plotkin Plotkin programmed and produced the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival from 1982 through 2002. Her prior work as a community organizer led her to develop an interest in the use of media as a tool for communicating values, history and culture. Starting in 1998, Plotkin was given the opportunity to curate monthly screenings at the prestigious San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that continue today.
On the international scene, Plotkin co-produced the first ever Jewish Film Festival in Moscow in 1990. In 1992, to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Spain, a Jewish Film Festival was organized in Madrid. Plotkin has been a leader in the field of independent Jewish subject cinema. She co-wrote, edited and published Independent Jewish Film, a resource guide about the more than 600 films presented in the Festival. This resource information is now available at sfjff.org - an on-line library and archive of Jewish films presented at the San Francisco festival.
After 21 years at the Festival she resigned in 2003 to pursue other interests in film. She currently teaches a film class at Stanford University.