The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission presents a FREE screening of the film Chasing Portraits with filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Seney-Stovall Chapel (200 N Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30601) on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:00PM. Following the screening of the film, Rynecki will participate in a discussion with the audience. The event is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts Festival in partnership with the Willson Center for the Humanies. There will also be a book signing with the Director at 2PM.

Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a prolific Warsaw based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community in the interwar years. Sadly, he was murdered at Majdanek. After the Holocaust, Moshe’s wife was only able to recover a small fraction of his work, but unbeknownst to the family, many other pieces survived. For more than a decade his great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rynecki, has searched for the missing art, with remarkable and unexpected success. Spanning three generations, this documentary is a deeply moving narrative of the richness of one man’s art, the devastation of war, and one woman’s unexpected path to healing. Learn more at

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

The mission of the Willson Center is to promote research and creativity in the humanities and arts. It supports faculty through research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars, visiting artists, collaborative instruction, public conferences, exhibitions, and performances. It is committed to academic excellence and public impact.

This event is free and open to the public.



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