The Jewish Theological Seminary to Host Inglourious Basterds Screening with Director Quentin Tarantino

Panel Discussion to Follow Featuring Film’s Producer Lawrence Bender

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

December 8, 2009, New York, NY

A screening with Quentin Tarantino of his newest film, Inglourious Basterds, followed by a panel discussion addressing “Jewish Persecution and the Fantasy of Revenge,” will take place on Wednesday, December 16, at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City. The film was just named one of 2009's top ten movies by the National Board of Review.

Panelists will include Lawrence Bender, producer, Inglourious Basterds; Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS; Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, JTS; and Rabbi Jack Moline, Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the screening beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. The panel discussion will directly follow the screening. Admission is $18 per person ($10 for JTS faculty, alumni, and staff; no charge for JTS students). Reservations are required for all seats; space is limited. To register, please call (212) 280-6048; to reach a live operator, call Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. For additional information, email Photo ID is required at the event.

Lawrence BenderLawrence Bender, producer and political activist, has a career that spans two decades of producing highly successful films. Bender’s films to date include such hits as Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting and, most recently, Inglourious Basterds; they have been honored with twenty-one Academy Award nominations, including two for Best Picture, and have won five. His film, An Inconvenient Truth, which raised unprecedented awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Mr. Bender was nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award for Good Will Hunting. His other films include From Dusk Till Dawn (1996); Anna and the King (1999); The Mexican (2001); Innocent Voices (2004); Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992); Jackie Brown (1997); and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2004). Mr. Bender also serves on the advisory board to the dean of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Chancellor Arnold M. EisenChancellor Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership. The chancellor's many publications include the The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America (2000), coauthored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen, and he is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

Dr. Amy KalmanofskyDr. Amy Kalmanofsky is an assistant professor of Bible at JTS whose extensive scholarship in the area of horror and the Bible has made her an authority on horror theory and how it applies to biblical texts. She examines the ways in which the Bible is designed to terrify its audience, in particular considering how gender shapes the Bible’s rhetoric of horror. Dr. Kalmanofsky's published articles include “Israel’s Baby: The Horror of Childbirth in the Biblical Prophets” and “The Monstrous Feminine in the Book of Jeremiah.” She also contributed to The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary, and her book Terror All Around: Horror, Monsters and Theology was published in 2008. Currently, Dr. Kalmanofsky is working on a book entitled Sister to Sister: The Literary Representation of Sisters in the Hebrew Bible.

Rabbi Jack MolineRabbi Jack Moline has been the rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1987. He is also director of public policy for the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Moline is past chair of the board of Interfaith Alliance and vice president of the regional Rabbinical Assembly, and serves on the national board of the Faith and Politics Institute and the honorary board of Operation Understanding DC. He has served as president of the Washington Board of Rabbis and the Alexandria Interfaith Association, and been on the boards of other Jewish and interfaith organizations. He is the author of two books, Growing Up Jewish, a book of humor, and Jewish Leadership and Heroism, a sourcebook published by United Synagogue Youth. Rabbi Moline was ordained at JTS in 1982.

Inglourious Basterds is rated "R" for Restricted—Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.