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Yiddish Celebration a Success!

About 100 people attended the Seattle Polish Film Festival’s Yiddish celebration complete with Klezmer Music. Sasha Senderovich, assistant professor at University of Washington gave an enlightening presentation on the history of Yiddish films, followed by “Yiddle with a Fiddle” starring Mary Picon. Afterwards Peter Lippman talked about Klezmer music and we were treated to a musical performance by Klezmer Local #206.

You can view all the imaged by clicking here.

Festival continues thru October 29, 2017.



Photo Above: Dr. Jerry Strassman, Carol Strassman, Mrs. Sarah Gortler, Teresa Davis, Joshua Gortler, Holocast Survivor/President Emeritus of Kline Galland

Photo Below: Zbyszek Pietrzyk, Steven Baral (Past President Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle/ CEO Doncaster Investments), Teresa Davis


Seattle Polish Film Festival

Seattle Polish Film Festival 5 weeks away!

SPFFlogo15As some of you know I am involved with the Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association. We produce the 2nd longest running Polish film festival in the country – The Seattle Polish Film Festival. This is our 23rd year!

We begin October 7th at Northwest Film Forum with a special presentation of Sexmission, a 1984 cult Polish comedy. Films already scheduled include Ziarno Prawdy, Disco Polo, and Carte Blanche. History buffs will want to attend the documentaries We Film the People and Treblinka’s Last Witness. Shorts and independents will be presented in cooperation once again, with Seattle Film Institute. Attendees will be able to take advantage of our usual benefits, like a free screening courtesy of our friends at 4 Culture, and more Q&A’s and panel discussions with filmmakers and artists from Poland including Maciek Bochniak, director of Disco Polo.

Final movie selections and scheduling is ongoing.  You’re invited to sign up for the film festival newsletter at and like us on Facebook.

And like any non-profit organization we can also use a little extra funding to keep growing. If you enjoy movies, if you want to meet actors and directors, if you like to party – please join us. You can purchase a film festival pass for just $60 or you can make a donation online at:

Click here to see what fun we had last year.  I hope to see you at the festival this year!

Polish Film Festival

Seattle Polish Film Festival

I have been involved with the Seattle Polish Film Festival since 2001. Together with my sister we produced the Festival program book through 2006. I have served as ‘Official Photographer’ since 2000 capturing the festivities, meeting Polish actors and directors. I have traveled to Gdynia, Poland for the Polish ‘Academy Awards’! While there I have viewed first run films, met actors, photographed events and just had a darn good time!  

Don’t miss the upcoming 16th Annual Polish Film Festival starting April 18-25th! Hope to see you at one of the flicks!

Seattle Polish Film Festival

2008  Reception and April 18 Screening

2007 Reception and Screening featuring Michal Rosa and Kinga Preis 


2005 Film Festival

2007 Polish Film Festival in America-Seattle

In 2005  several of us “cinema lovers” visited Gdynia to attend the 30th Polish Film Festival. An exhibit was created by Ewa & Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski  that included my images captured at that event. It is a collection that captures the filmmakers in formal and informal situations, everyday festival activities, and the beauty of Gdynia. If you would like to purchase a book copy please let us know. Cost is $55 with proceeds going to the Seattle Polish Film Festival.

Faces of Polish Cinema