The comedic drama The Samuel Project is about a teenager (Ryan Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior year animated art project. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the teen discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. After hesitating, Samuel agrees to tell his story for the project—a story he hasn’t told in over 75 years.
In the end Eli’s project makes the finals in a countywide art showcase where he unveils his animated ‘Samuel Project’ with the help of his unlikely friend Kasim, an electric guitar wielding school misfit. And after decades, three generations of Eli’s family finally connect with one another.
Museum and café open at noon. Enjoy a docent led highlight tour of Remember to React with a focus on Contemporary Women Artists at 1:30 and the film at 2:30.
Film cost: $9 for JCC or Museum members; $11 non-members
Film and tour: $18 for JCC or Museum member; $22 non-members
RSVP for the film and tour at the JCC website https://www.dpjcc.org/secondsunday.
Program note: The JCC page updates as the screening date approaches.