In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival assured festivalgoers “that the show must, can and will go on” at a later date.
The AJFF concluded Feb. 27, but, as the festival is a year-round operation, it had to temporarily suspend programming because of the virus outbreak.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our everyday lives and social interactions, we remain grateful to have recently renewed our connection to one another at the 20th anniversary annual festival,” AJFF’s executive director Kenny Blank wrote in a letter to supporters.
“Sadly, circumstances since then require we temporarily suspend Atlanta Jewish Film Festival programming until further notice. The unprecedented safeguards now being enacted will help protect not only each of us individually, but also the welfare of our families, friends and neighbors,” Blank wrote.
“This crisis will pass, at which point we very much look forward to welcoming you back to the movies. After all, community connection and shared cinematic experiences are core to what AJFF is all about.
“Behind the scenes, our dedicated AJFF team continues its work, doing so remotely while vigilantly adhering to current health guidelines. We are planning for the future, ensuring — to paraphrase that old showbiz line — that the show must, can and will go on.
“Please monitor your inbox, social media channels and AJFF.org for further updates, as we reinstitute programming as circumstances allow. Until then, we express sincere concern for all those affected by this crisis. We are in this together, and our collective wellbeing depends on all of us,” Blank continued.
“Thank you as always for your longstanding support of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. We have faced adversity before, and I have every confidence we will weather this challenge as we always have: as a strong and supportive community.”