Kathryn Spitz Cohan – JFilm

Executive Director of Film Pittsburgh, Kathryn Spitz Cohan, spoke to WQED-FM about their upcoming international independent Jewish film festival, JFilm, that runs from May 2nd to May 12th with showings at Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy auditorium and The Oaks Theater in Oakmont. Kathryn highlights the opening night showing of Left Alone Rhapsody: The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The film is a documentary about the pianist, composer, and conductor, John Bayless, who for 30 years had a very long career as a solo pianist touring across the world. The film also showcases his debilitating stroke, and how he continues to reinvent himself, even after losing function of his right side of his body. This special showing is followed by a performance by John Bayless, and a dessert reception with the director of the film, Stewart Schulman. Kathryn talks about the other 15 showings that happen during the film festival, ticket prices, and the many nostalgic documentaries that are in the festival. Visit https://filmpittsburgh.org/pages/jfilm to learn more and find tickets for the whole festival or just specific showings.