Toronto Jewish Film Festival to Honor Rod Serling; Anne Serling to Appear


The 2015 Toronto Jewish Film Festival (running April 30th to May 10th) always manages to massage some amazing genre friendly content into their programming. Last year, they brought both noted author and horror historian Dr. Mikel Koven in to lecture and spotlighted the films of Larry Cohen, and this year, they take patrons on a journey of sight, sound and of mind as they celebrate the legacy of the iconic writer, humanist and founder of TV’s immortal series THE TWILIGHT ZONE, the inimitable Rod Serling.

With “Rod Serling: The Mensch of the Twilight Zone”, TJFF is offering fans the chance to see some of Serling most rarely-screened works, introduced by his daughter, writer Anne Serling,  who will also offer a more personal  portrait  of the celebrated writer. Featured in the programming will be Serling penned pictures and programs like IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES, THE LONER, THE MAN IN THE FUNNY SUIT, REQUEIM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT and one of the most beloved TZ episodes from the show’s first season, the Gig Young-starring WALKING DISTANCE.

WALKING DISTANCE will be introduced by Anne Serling and will feature a post-screening Q&A moderated by FANGORIA’s Chris Alexander. Preceding the screening of WALKING DISTANCE, Anne will be presenting an intimate portrait of her late father called ROD SERLING: THE BOY, THE MAN, THE WRITER, THE FATHER. Through a combination of readings, film clips and slides,  she discusses her father’s work and humanity  from childhood to wartime trauma to his iconic TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHT GALLERY series.  She also explores the experiences that informed  his deep  seated concern  for humanity and shares what it was like growing up with him, all to reveal the man behind the image.

Before becoming a full time writer, author/poet Anne Serling was an early childhood  teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Elmira College. Anne’s poetry has been published in The Cornell Daily Sun and Visions and most recently released her memoir,  “As I Knew Him: My Dad Rod Serling”, which won the 2014 Silver Falcon  Award for Best Memoir/Biography.  She has just completed her first novel, AFTERSHOCKS

For ticket and festival information visit www.TJFF.com.

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