Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Imber's Left Hand

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:30 PM - 8:50 PM
Washington DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Imber's Left Hand

Dir. Richard Kane (74min, USA, 2014)

A fascinating chronicle of the life and career of renowned painter Jon Imber, who faced great adversity after being diagnosed with ALS. His steadfast artistic resolve leads to the creation of more than 100 portraits in an incredible four month span.

The film sensitively observes Jon, capturing him at his most courageous and humorous as the disease claims his body. Thanks in large part to the support of his wife, painter Jill Hoy, Imber learns to paint with his left hand, and eventually with both hands held together at his waist. Knowing what his fate holds, Jon Imber shows what it is to truly live and die through art.


Presented in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art.

Screening followed by Q&A with director Richard Kane and Jon Imber’s wife Jill Hoy.

richard-kaneRichard Kane is a producer/director whose work is focused on the arts.Jon Imber’s Left Hand is Kane’s second feature documentary and has won Best Documentary at the Boston Jewish Film Fest and Best Film at the Hamptons Take 2 Doc Film Festival.

His production company Kane-Lewis Productions has worked for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House Office of Technology Policy amongst others.

Since 2007 Kane has served as chair of the Maine Film & Video Association. Kane’s second short film Tough, Pretty or Smart: A Portrait of the Patoka Valley Boys won Best Short Documentary in the Cork International Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award.

Jill Hoy is a painter. She earned a B.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and also attended the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country.

Because she’s been a regular resident of the Deer Isle area since 1965, much of her work can be seen as a document of places and time in the area.

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