Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Virtual Jewish Film Festival

One and Only Jewish Miss America Free Q & A - Recorded with Director David Arond, Abe Foxman and daughter of Bess Myerson, Barra Grant

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Attending Q&A:


Actress, Director, Screenwriter Barra Grant (Daughter of Bess Myerson)


Director Biography - David Arond

Starting as a sound effects editor in Hollywood, David mentored with an award-winning post-production team and discovered the power of sound and music to turn visual imagery into an emotional and visceral experience. David segued into non-fiction, story telling, creating documentaries for PBS, including "Mother of the Year," a MacArthur Foundation Award Winner. Other award-winning include "Houseboat Philosopher" and "Those Who Came Before." His PBS TV work includes producing/directing the weekly series "On The Internet" with Leo LePorte, of Tech TV. David's extensive international film and journalism work includes a stint in Moscow as bureau chief and broadcast journalist for Worldwide Television News, London, and Public Broadcast’s Nightly Business Report, and projects in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Central Asia, and Australia where he worked with some of the world’s top film crews and journalists.


Abraham Foxman

Abraham Foxman, a friend of Bess's and director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League. Foxman has been a vocal supporter of equal rights, with the ADL frequently issuing statements condemning any form of racism or discrimination. Foxman spoke out against the racist attacks directed at the first Indian-American Miss America, comparing her treatment to that of Bess Myerson, the first Jewish winner of the competition.


Cindy Graff Cohen - Moderator