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Janis Plotkin

Janis Plotkin was part of the founding of the groundbreaking San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest film festival of its kind. After twenty-one years at the SFJFF she resigned to pursue other interests in film. For fifteen years she was Senior Film Programmer at the Mill Valley Film Festival. In 2015 Plotkin produced her first documentary: Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish (plasticmanbarrish.com). Currently she is Program Director at the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which provides support for filmmakers living or working in the East Shore of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Janis Plotkin." (Viewed on May 28, 2020) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/plotkin-janis>.

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