Film society to present two documentary shorts May 23

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” and “Cavedigger” to show
Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is the subject of “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”
May 15, 2014

For May’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present two exceptional documentary shorts,“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” and “Cavedigger.” The screenings will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 23, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see two moving, Academy Award-nominated documentaries.

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” is an Oscar-winning film that tells the uplifting, inspirational story of 109-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, a renowned concert pianist who used music to survive the Holocaust. Born in Prague, her life journey began amidst a cultured family. Alice enjoyed a successful concert career performing throughout central Europe. The occupation of Czechoslovakia changed her life drastically as she and members of her family were transported to different concentration camps.

Alice was determined to not just survive, but also to protect her son from the emotional and physical realities of life at the mercy of Nazis. This film follows the journey of how she used music throughout her life to stay positive and to see beauty in the long life she lived.

“Cavedigger” takes a fascinating look at artist sculptor Ra Paulette and his massive, hand-carved caves which he creates in the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico. Each creation is a multiyear project, and the process embodies his struggles to maintain artistic integrity as he deals with the monetary reality of patron commissions. The sandstone caves he creates include magnificent natural imagery as well as striking abstract designs.

Paulette’s passion for his work is demonstrated in his resolve to create a monumental, 10-year project, over which he maintains complete control. Directed by Jeffrey Karoff, the film was nominated for the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar.

Admission for Monthly Screenings is $4 for Rehoboth Beach Film Society members who show current membership card, and $6 for future members. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing educational and cultural enrichment for the community. The film society sponsors monthly screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival to be held Nov. 5-9, 2014.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, go to or call 302-645-9095.

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