Library’s film series will take audience in new direction

Joyce Axelrod, founder of the Jewish Film Festival and creator and producer of prize-winning videos, will present a three-part film series, “Video Views on Women, Creativity and Frivolity,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2, Dec. 7 and Jan. 4 at the Florence Riford Public Library. A discussion and reception will follow the free programs, which are open to the public.

The November program, “Women,” will provide an intriguing look at an ensemble of 11 Julian belly dancers — of all ages and sizes — who reveal how the dance has changed their lives. A second video will explore the challenges and travails of an anorexic woman and her friend.

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, author of “The Confident Woman and the Superwoman Syndrome,” also a lecturer and psychotherapist, will lead a discussion around the provocative themes that emerge from these films. The audience will be encouraged to participate.

The December program, “Creativity,” illustrates the exceptional work of four artists: award-winning sculptor Ann Mudge; master craftsman Don Madison as he creates a 14-foot picnic table from a dead tree; the way artist Viviana Lombrozo creates an installation; and the innovative technique a chef uses to assemble a foot-tall sandwich. France-Marie Haeger, noted instructor on art and the creative process, will host the program.

The January program, “Frivolity,” will show a group of short, light-hearted videos “celebrating humor in everyday situations.” Afterward, there will be a conversation between Joyce Axelrod and media consultant Carol Hasson, formerly with the New York Times, ABC News and KFMB TV, San Diego.

Librarian Catherine Greene said she feels these programs will be something new for the community. Her hope is that they will provide new insights into the creative process and be highly entertaining. The La Jolla Library is at 7555 Draper Ave. For more details, call (858) 454-0268.