Imber’s Left Hand


Monday, October 12
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Director/Writer: Richard Kane
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 74 min
Language: English

Documenting the final months of a Jewish painter stricken with ALS, IMBER’S LEFT HAND follows Jon Imber as he refuses to give up what he loves regardless of his physical limitations. When he loses use of his right hand, he begins to paint with his left. As the left starts to go, he uses both hands held at his waist as his degenerative condition progresses. Surrounded by loved ones and refusing to give up, Imber paints over 100 illustrative portraits of friends and family over a period of several months, all the while keeping his wits and wicked sense of humor about him. Don’t miss this deeply moving and inspirational documentary that took home the Audience Award at the Boston Jewish Film Festival this past season.

IMBER’S LEFT HAND is presented in conjunction with DESIGNPHILADELPHIA, a festival dedicated to demonstrating Philadelphia’s re-emergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices.

Post-film discussion led by Robert Kalb, Clinical Neurologist (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia VA Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and John Ollman, Owner of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

Community Partners: Design Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Moore College of Art, and Beth David Reform Congregation