FRI. JAN 22 | Post-Show Discussion featuring Kai Bird and Yael Luttwak
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a discussion involving panelists Kai Bird and Yael Luttwak.
Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist. He is now working on a biography of President Jimmy Carter's White House years, under contract to Crown books (Random House). His most recent book, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, was a New York Times best-seller. He chronicled his childhood in the Middle East in his memoir, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis--which was a Finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is the acclaimed author of biographies of John J. McCloy, McGeorge Bundy, and William Bundy. He won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2006 for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (co-authored with Martin J. Sherwin). His work includes critical writings on the Vietnam War, Hiroshima, Nuclear weapons, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the CIA. Bird and Sherwin also won the National Books Critics Circle Award and the Duff Cooper Prize for History. He is an elected member of the prestigious Society of American Historians. Kai Bird lives in Miami Beach with his wife Susan Goldmark.
Yael Luttwak is a filmmaker. Yael directed and co-produced her first feature A SLIM PEACE, which premiered at the Tribeca Film festival in 2007. Her film was broadcast worldwide and on the Sundance Channel in the US. Slim Peace was featured in the New York Times, NBC's TODAY Show and Oprah's O magazine.
As the resident filmmaker of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Yael completed the documentary film, MY FAVORITE NEOCONSERVATIVE screened at the San Francisco, Boston and Washington, DC, Jewish Film Festivals. Her next documentary TO STEP FORWARD MYSELF, about an American, Alex Singer, who volunteered for the Israeli military and was killed in Lebanon and asks the question: was it worth the sacrifice? The film is premiering at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, January 2016. Yael is in post-production on her latest documentary feature about immigrant and non-immigrant teen girls in Maine. Yael is in development on a television project and making films for local organizations and serves on the Advisory Board of Stone Soup Films.
She is the founder of Slim Peace 501 (c)(3), a non-profit organization that emerged from her documentary film, A SLIM PEACE, portraying the drama of Israeli and Palestinian women in the first-ever weight-loss group involving Jews and Arabs. Slim Peace builds bridges between primarily Muslim and Jewish women and girls through a health program. In 2015, the organization restarted work in Jerusalem and in total has created 33 groups of women and girls in Jerusalem, Acre, and in 5 US cities in partnership with Universities, community centers and schools.
Yael Luttwak graduated from the London Film School, where she specialized in directing. She assisted the Oscar-nominated Mike Leigh's production, "Two-thousand Years," a play at London's National Theatre. Her short films have been widely distributed, among them HANS RAUSING and YITZHAK RABIN: 1922-1995, a New Regency production.
Yael lives in Washington, D.C. with her son.