JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON; FROM DOUGH TO DELI
NASHVILLE, TN - The 2015 Nashville Jewish Film Festival will take movie-goers from Vitebsk to Houston during its three week festival of films that explore contemporary Jewish life. The Festival runs from October 13 through November 7. Films will be shown at the Belcourt and Franklin Theatres as well as at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, the Gordon JCC and The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom.
Proving that one doesn’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the NJFF, the films selected for this year’s festival received rave reviews from a diverse group of film pre-screeners. Co-directors Laurie Eskind, Cindy Moskovitz, Jackie Roth Karr and Loretta Saff ultimately programmed films that illuminate the many facets of Jewish life. The offering appeals to all tastes and includes comedies, dramas and documentaries.
Fifteen important, entertaining and educational films will be showcased, among them: DOUGH starring Jonathan Pryce, VERY SEMI SERIOUS and HEY MOM AND DAD, I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU. The series will end with a kosher deli dinner catered by Sova Caterers and the screening of DELI MAN. A full list of films and locations follows.
More information about the festival can be found at www.nashvillejff.org.
Opening Night, Oct. 13, Children’s Theatre, 6:30 PM: Cocktails and dinner catered by Chef’s Market, screening at 7:30 p.m. Dough, (John Goldschmidt, Director) starring Jonathan Pryce. What happens when a failing kosher bakery hires a kid from Darfur who accidentally drops his marijuana into the challah?
Oct. 14, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM: Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, (Rachel Eskin Fisher and Rachel Nirenberg Pasternak, Directors) is a documentary about the man who spoke out against Hitler in the 1930s as a young rabbi in Germany and decades later helped organize the March on Washington, speaking right before Dr. Martin Luther King. Special guests: Adam Meyer Associate Director/Professor, Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University and Frank Dobson, the Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt
Oct. 19, Belcourt Theatre, Box lunch at 11:30 AM, screening at 12:15 PM: Look at Us Now, Mother! (Gayle Kirschenbaum, Director) and her mother never got along, with Mildred being very hard on her only daughter. It takes a long time for them to reconnect in this autobiographical film that is funny, painful and ultimately poignant.
Oct. 20, Franklin Theatre, 7 PM Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists (Leah Wolchok, director). This documentary by Leah Wolchok is a behind-the-pages story of the cartoons that appear in The New Yorker and the cartoonist who produce them. Special Guest Daryl Cagle
Oct. 22, Gordon Jewish Community Center, 12 PM The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, isWilliam Gazecki’s documentary looks at the 60-year vaudeville, television and film career of a woman who was never afraid to be bawdy.
Oct. 22, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM Felix et Meira, isa Canadian film by Maxime Giroux that tells the lovely and quiet love story of a young married Hasidic woman who is unhappy with the her life and a secular man struggling to find a way to live and love in the wake of his estranged father’s death.
Oct. 24, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM The Art Dealer, a French film noir by the director Francois Margolin, looks at French woman’s quest in the aftermath of World War II to recover art stolen from her parents.
Oct. 24, Belcourt Theater, 9:15 PM Hill Start (Oren Shtern, director) is a lively new comedy from Israel about families, plastic surgery, mismatched couples, love and romance. For mature audiences.
Oct. 25, Franklin Theatre, 7 PM Chagall-Malevich, (Alexander Mirta, director) offers a fictionalize account of the Jewish artist Marc Chagall’s days in Paris and Vitebsk, Ukraine in the early 19th century. The film is filled with beautiful, color-saturated scenes reminiscent of the artist’s modern style.
Oct. 27, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM Mom and Dad: I Have Something to Tell You, a Hebrew documentary directed by Yair Qaedar and narrated by Assi Azar exploring the journey of parents whose children tell them they are gay. (Co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Hillel) Special Guest: Assi Azar
Oct. 29, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM Apples from the Desert, (Arik Lubetzky, Matti Harari, directors) is an Israeli film based on a story by writer Savyon Liebrich. It tells the story of a young Orthodox woman seeking freedom from her overbearing father, who takes a dance class, meets a handsome young man and moves to a kibbutz.
Nov. 1, The Temple, 9 PM (special screening for all religious schools) Once in a Lifetime (Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, director) is a French film inspired by a real-life French teacher who helps her working-class students, many of them Muslims, overcome their prejudices by engaging in a project about children under the Nazi regime.
Nov. 2, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM 24 Days, (Alexander Arcady, director) is a feature film based on a true story about the 2006 kidnapping of Ilan Halimi in France by a gang whose members were sure his family was rich because they were Jewish.
Nov. 5, Belcourt Theatre, 7 PM My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Hero’s, a documentary written and directed by Warren Jacoby about the bravery and creativity of ordinary Italians trying to save their Jewish neighbors from the Nazis.
Closing Night Nov. 7, Gordon Jewish Community Center, kosher deli dinner at 6:30 PM, screening at 8:00 PM Deli Man, (Eric Greenberg Anjou, director) tells the story of the great American delis and takes a good look at one of the best—Kenny and Ziggy’s Deli in Houston. Owner, Ziggy Gruber, will be on hand for the film, which will be preceded by a deli dinner. Tickets for the film alone may be purchased at $10 each.