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The Yellow Ticket, photo courtesy of Deutsche Kinemathek
The Polish Cultural Institute New York
is proud to support

Silent Film starring Pola Negri
with original live score by Alicia Svigals

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The North American Tour

Starting on January 10 with a presentation at the 2013 New York Jewish Film Festival, the 1918 film The Yellow Ticket, starring the acclaimed Polish actress of the silent era, Pola Negri, will appear with original music created by renowned klezmer fiddle revivalist, Alicia Svigals. This joint initiative of the Foundation for Jewish Culture and its New Jewish Culture Network marks the first feature length film composition by Svigals, who will perform in person with Canadian jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner at each of the screenings of this silent classic.

The Yellow Ticket took on bold themes for its day, touching upon social issues such as human trafficking, ethnic and religious prejudice, poverty and suicide. Despite being forced into prostitution by dire circumstances, Lea, the heroine, strives to pursue her professional career by any means necessary, enrolling in medical school in St. Petersburg. Negri's sympathetic portrayal of Lea was one of her first films for Germany's leading film studio, UFA, and was later released by Paramount Studios in 1922.

Since its founding in 1960, The Foundation for Jewish Culture (FJC) has been one of the most fundamental American institutions devoted to preserving Jewish cultural memory and an avid advocate for the importance of Jewish culture as a component of Jewish life. The FJC offers grants, recognition awards, networking opportunities and professional development services to artists and scholars in order to promote Jewish identity and culture by collaborating with cultural institutions, Jewish organizations, consortia, funders and many others.

The Yellow Ticket production was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Cultures New Jewish Culture Network (NJCN), a league of North American performing arts presenters committed to the creation and touring of innovative projects.

The Yellow Ticket received its debut at the Washington Jewish Music Festival presented by the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center through a commission made possible by the Arthur Tracy The Street Singer Endowment Fund.

NJCN has received major support from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Sylvia M. Neil, the Milken Family Foundation and other donors. National outreach partners include the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Goethe-Institut New York.

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