Imber's Left Hand (62 min)
Richard Kane | Director | Doc | 2014 | MA
Q&A/Reception w/Richard Kane, Director | Hosted at 13Forest Gallery, 167 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington
A bittersweet and deeply moving document of John Imber a local artist that lived and painted among us and his courageous and darkly humorous to response to a diagnosis of ALS. The film traces Imber's life, career, and adaptation switching from painting with his right hand to the left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determineted: more than 100 portraits in three months. In one scene, while reviewing family photos, he come across a picture of himself at nine Passover Seder. His partner, Hoy says it's his Judaism that's at the root of who he is. "How so?" Imber's asks, to which Hoy replies "How you present yourself, your sense of responsibility, your constant search for truth t and authenticity." The wait in which Imber carries on that search against the greatest of odds it a the heart of his portrait. Especially moving in the way in which members of the Stonington, Maine community rally to support Imber-dropping by to give him a back rub or bring a dish to eat-even as he invites them to have his portraits painted. In the end, Imber's Left Hand is a testament to live-giving force that is art and the ability of two at their community to face uncertain future with passion and resolve.
Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Best Film Audience Award at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Audience Award at the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival, and Best Film Audience Award at the Hartford Jewish Film Festival (tie).