‘Jon Imber’s Left Hand’ to be shown at Red River as part of Jewish Film Festival

Last modified: 3/27/2015 12:08:42 AM
Even after the disease began to affect his movement, even after he was forced to paint with his other hand, Jon Imber was unbowed. His creative spirit and sense of humor remained.

He continued to paint – even as ALS limited his mobility.

It’s during this time period, in the months following his diagnosis, that Richard Kane documents Imber, a celebrated New England painter, and his family and his art. Kane’s film, Jon Imber’s Left Hand, will be screened at Red River Theatres in Concord on Sunday as part of the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival.

“The film is very much about art, but it’s also about life and death and how one approaches in a graceful way their mortality,” said Kane, who directed and co-produced the 63-minute film.

For as much as the film focuses on Imber’s art, Kane said, it also focuses on his relationship with his wife, the accomplished painter Jill Hoy, and son and friends – and how he continued to embrace his life until its end.

“His gratitude continued to flow – and his humor – right until the very end,” Kane said.

Shot over the course of a few months, the film follows Imber, who taught at Harvard for almost 30 years, at his homes in Stonington, Maine, and Somerville, Mass. Filming wrapped up in February 2014. Imber died that April.

The film will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Red River, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Kane. Admission is $10.

“There are many messages in this film, and I think a great one is living with gratitude and living with passion,” Kane said. “That gives our lives meaning.”

Red River will also show screenings of God’s Slave , which focuses on the events surrounding a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Deli Man , which tells of different delicatessens across the country, on Sunday, both part of the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the festival – held at different locations across the state – began last week and wraps up at Red River on Sunday.

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