Filmmakers Oded Hirsch and Jim Burnstein are the visiting artists for the 10th annual Leventhal Artist Program.
Hirsch, an Israeli filmmaker, and Burnstein, director of the screenwriting program at the University of Michigan, will hold screenings and discussions from Nov. 6-17 at Ohio State University, Columbus Jewish Day School, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, Jewish Community Center of Central Ohio and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington.
"We're bringing in world-class filmmakers," said Aaron Leventhal, a German Village resident and founder of the Leventhal Artist Program, which is holding the event in partnership with the Columbus Jewish Film Festival.
Hirsch will screen and discuss a selection of his short films, including "50 Blue," "Tochka" and "Nothing New," and share post-production clips from his newest film, "Safe Passage," which focuses on disabled people struggling on a Zodiac boat on the Mediterranean Sea.
Screenings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in OSU's Stillman Hall and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Denison University's Slater Student Union.
All programs are free and open to the public.
In addition to public programs, Hirsch also will conduct student workshops at the Columbus Jewish Day School in New Albany and at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center.
Burnstein's work includes "Renaissance Man," a 1994 comedy directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito, followed by "D3: Mighty Ducks" in 1996.
He will hold three programs in Columbus.
The first is a screening of "Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story" at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Jewish Community Center of Central Ohio, 1125 College Ave. Admission is $12, $10 for JCC members.
From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in OSU's Ohio Union, Burnstein will join OSU professor Andy Rose for his writing for cinema and TV class to discuss the process of screenwriting, show University of Michigan student films and share personal experiences in the industry.
That event is free and open to the public.
His final appearance will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. in Worthington.
Participants are encouraged to bring a short, written description of a movie "pitch" for an interactive session with Burnstein.
Admission is $25, $10 for students. Registration with advance payment is required and can be performed by calling 614-431- 0329.
Matt Swift, program coordinator of OSU film studies, said students and faculty look forward to the visits by Hirsch and Burnstein.
"The world of film moves so fast that having someone there working on it day in and day out outside of the industry adds a whole other perspective," Swift said.