Special Events

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new-releases

Just Kids from the Bronx: An Evening w/Arlene Alda and Chazz Palminteri

Bill Clinton calls this collection “a down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled.” Weaving together oral histories of 65 accomplished Bronx natives—including Carl Reiner, Mary Higgins Clark, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bobby Bonilla, and Chazz Palminteri—Arlene Alda has created a moving, fond portrait that spans six decades of Bronx living.

The evening starts with a screening of A Bronx Tale, a warm, vibrant film about a young man under the dueling influences of his father (Robert De Niro, in his directorial debut) and the mob boss who runs the streets (Chazz Palminteri, who also wrote the screenplay). Film Details: Robert Deniro. 1993. 121m. R. USA. Swank Releasing.

Q&A author Arlene Alda and actor/writer Chazz Palminteri. Copies of Just Kids From the Bronx will be available for purchase courtesy of The Village Bookstore. 

n/a. NR. .

Thurs. Mar 5  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Innovations in Social Storytelling

FREE EVENT! An evening of film and discussion centered on exploring new mediums for impactful storytelling. Filmmaker Greg Barker (We Are the Giant), 1979 Revolution creator and video game designer Navid Khonsari, and the game's executive producer Vassiliki Khonsari will explore the theme of revolutionaries and share their motivations behind the creation of their social and political films and games. 

FILM: We Are the Giant transports viewers to the front lines of the Arab Spring and offers a harrowing look at the struggles of ordinary individuals who are transformed by the critical moral and personal challenges they encounter when standing up for what they believe is right. Film details: Greg Barker. 2014. 93 m. NR. UK/US. in Arabic/English with subtitles. Music Box Films.  

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A short film about the new game 1979 Revolution, an episodic action/adventure game designed to engage players with an immersive "on the ground" experience of the Iranian Revolution. The game integrates an emotionally impactful narrative with interactive moral choices and intuitive touchscreen gameplay while remaining true to history.

Q&A Greg Barker, Navid Khonsari, and Vassiliki Khonsari

For tickets, please RSVP to Lori Zakalik at Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with your first and last name and the subject line “Sundance Film Forward Event.”

Presented in partnership with Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Sundance Channel Global.

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Sun. Mar 8  7:00 PM  
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

"If critics haven’t given him a mountaintop position next to Mingus and Coleman, they keep pushing Kirk up the slope—just as they have with Sun Ra since his death. Kirk’s praises are still being sung by musicians—and not just by jazz players of his own generation." (Geoffrey Himes, Jazz Times)


There was no one like jazz virtuoso Rahsaan Roland Kirk. A seemingly superhuman musical force who was never slowed down by his disabilities, he played until the day he died—often on several instruments at a time. His compelling performances, playful banter, and political activism are on abundant display in this vibrant documentary. Part of the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival In venues throughout NY March 12-18.

Q&A filmmaker Adam Kahan 

Adam Kahan. 2014. 88 m. NR. USA .

Jazz Times

Thurs. Mar 12  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Song of the Sea

“A Pied Piper-like fable about the power of music and the magic in the everyday.” (New York Times)


Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day—the Oscar-nominated Irish tale of a brother and sister who journey through a world of legend and magic to return to their home. It’s got a timeless storybook look even though it's set in a mostly modern world.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

Tomm Moore. 2014. 93 m. PG. Ireland . GKids.

Sat. Mar 14  3:00 PM
Sun. Mar 15  3:00 PM
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Stations of the Cross

"German Cinema Now"
“A piercing examination of the interplay between fundamental dogma and family dysfunction.” (Observer, UK)


With her confirmation approaching, Maria is torn between a strained family life, adolescent feelings, and her devotion to an extreme version of Catholicism. The girl’s spiritual struggle is captured in 14 single-shot tableaux, mirroring the Stations along Christ’s walk to Calvary. A powerful depiction of the impossible demands of a strict faith in the modern world. 

REEL TALK film critic Terrence Rafferty. regular contributor to The New York Times, DGA Quarterly, and other publications, Rafferty is a former staff writer for The New Yorker. He teaches and lectures on film at universities and other institutions around the country. 

Dietrich Brüggemann. 2014. 107 m. Germany , German with subtitles. Film Movement.

Sun. Mar 15  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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A Coffee in Berlin

"German Cinema Now"
“As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future.” (Chicago Tribune)


Jan Ole Gerster’s wry, quirky feature debut, which swept the 2013 German Oscars, paints a day in the life of 20-something slacker Niko, who’s going nowhere fast. Stylishly shot and with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this downbeat comedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience, reminiscent of early Jim Jarmusch.

REEL TALK film critic Terrence Rafferty. A regular contributor to The New York TimesDGA Quarterly, and other publications, Rafferty is a former staff writer for The New Yorker. He teaches and lectures on film at universities and other institutions around the country.

Jan Ole Gerster. 2013. 83 m. Germany , In German and English with subtitles. Music Box Films.

Mon. Mar 16  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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An Evening with Novelist Richard Price

"As celebrated as he is for his books like Lush Life and Freedomland, and his screenwriting (The Color of Money, Sea of Love, and a much heralded residency on David Simon and Ed Burns’s The Wire), Price may be even more admired, in certain pockets of literary hipster land, for his research. There are few people, it seems, who have spent as much time in the back of a radio car (or with those who spend most of their time avoiding that fate) without eventually needing an attorney as Price." (Matthew Lynch, Vanity Fair)

Novelist and screenwriter Richard Price will join Janet Maslin for a free-wheeling conversation about his stellar writing career. Price's latest novel, The Whites (written under the pseudonym Harry Brandt) is an electrifying story of a New York City police detective under siege. The program will also feature clips from Price's sizable body of work, including Clockers, an adaptation of Price's novel of the same name which also served as inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series, The Wire.

Q&A Richard Price with JBFC Board President Janet Maslin. Copies of The Whites will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

 

n/a. 2015. 90 m. .

Vanity Affair profile

Tues. Mar 17  7:15 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Memories of Murder

"Bong Joon-ho Retrospective"
"Bong builds real suspense and plays the chilling moments straight while leaving himself room for nonsense and horseplay." (Boston Globe)


The search for a serial killer is the focus of this complex, riveting film. When the hardnosed detective arrives from the big city to straighten out the investigation, the culture of corruption during the 1980s military dictatorship is as frustrating as the incomplete information the local cops provide. With his second feature, Bong was already in the spotlight, winning top prizes in South Korea and embraced by critics and audiences

Q&A Bong Joon-ho with RECEPTION 

Bong Joon-Ho. 2003. 132 m. NR. South Korea , in Korean/English with subtitles. Palm Pictures.

Thurs. Mar 19  7:15 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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She's Beautiful When She's Angry

“An urgent, illuminating dive into the movement that—no matter what its detractors insist—has given us the world in which we live.” (Village Voice)


Community Matters: Local Issues. Discussion. Activism. Vibrantly combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, this inspiring new documentary presents the history of the outrageous, often brilliant activists who created the emergence of more radical factions of women’s lib, the film never shies away from controversy as it deftly captures the spirit of the time.

Q&A and RECEPTION

Community Matters is dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. Sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation. 

Mary Dore. 2014. 92 m. NR. USA . International Film Circuit.

Sun. Mar 22  4:00 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Tales is less a portrait of [Lonnie] Franklin himself than a panoramic survey of the sociological forces that aided and abetted his killing spree. What emerges, finally, is an urgent distress call from one of America’s many, predominately black inner cities cast adrift by decades of municipal neglect and institutional racism." (Scott Foundas, Variety)


Official Selection, 2014 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival. 
Master documentary provocateur Nick Broomfield (Kurt & CourtneyBiggie and Tupac) is in stunning form in Tales of the Grim Sleeper, a gripping and profound look at a serial killer who targeted black women in South Central Los Angeles for over 20 years. In scenes building to an incredibly powerful conclusion, Broomfield gives voice to the victims while also conveying a grave injustice that extends well beyond this case. 

Copies of LA Times reporter Jill Leovy's book, Ghettoside, "A timely look at an urban police force's track record in investigating black homicides," will be available for purchase courtesy of the Village Bookstore.

Nick Broomfield. 2014. 110 m. NR. UK/USA . South Central Films.

Variety review

Mon. Mar 23  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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The Host

"Bong Joon-ho Retrospective"
"If this madly entertaining movie has a fault, it's that too ingenious for the genre it ostensibly inhabits." (Time Magazine


The talk of the Cannes Film Festival and an international hit, The Host boasts emerges from the river to crush, eat, and grab its victims—and the family that isn’t going to let their little girl go without a fight. Silly, gravely serious, ebullient, and poignant, it was the highest-grossing film in Korean history at the time. 

Q&A Bong Joon-ho 

Bong Joon-Ho. 2006. 119 m. R. South Korea , in Korean/English with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.

Tues. Mar 24  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Force Majeure

"The Films of Ruben Ostlund"
“A searing, slow burn of a movie that puts a marriage chillingly— and thrillingly—in the crosshairs, where the smallest crack radiates in all directions.” (Brian Ackerman, Programming Director)


Östlund’s new film won a major prize in Cannes and took the Toronto Film Festival audience by storm, consequently being nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for the Foreign-Language Oscar. It’s the much awaited recognition for a daring and singular filmmaker, thanks to a crystal-clear story of a marriage that slowly melts after a spectacular incident at a winter resort: As an avalanche bears down on the family, the husband flees the scene, leaving his wife and kids behind. The shiny mirror of social etiquette—reinforced by Östlund’s cruelly rigid direction—is forever cracked when the man’s

REEL TALK JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman 

Ruben Östlund. 2014. 118 m. R. France/Denmark/Sweden/Norway , Various languages with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.

Wed. Mar 25  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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The Boy and the World

“An enchanting visual treat.” (Variety)


With lively rhythms and vibrant colors, The Boy and the World follows a boy on his journey from the Brazilian countryside into a neon-infused city. No real dialogue? No problem: It’s all about the animation, which, in the words of one festival judge, is responsible for “some of the most beautiful images we've ever seen."

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

Ale Abreu. 2013. 80 m. NR. Brazil , N/A. GKids.

Sat. Mar 28  3:00 PM
Sun. Mar 29  3:00 PM
Sat. Apr 4  3:00 PM
Sun. Apr 5  3:00 PM
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Limitless

"Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema"

"A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal." (David Hughes, Empire)

Eddie Morra's (Bradley Cooper) life changes instantly when he is introduced to NZT, a new pharmaceutical drug that allows him to harness the full power of his brain. Soon Eddie is able to do everything exceptionally well, which catches the attention of people desperate to get their hands on his stash. Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster, and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies. Also starring Robert De Niro and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist).


Q&A host Jonathan Demme

Neil Burger. 2011. 105 m. PG-13. USA . Relativity Media.

Empire review

Sun. Mar 29  5:00 PM
Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)
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Mother

"Bong Joon-ho Retrospective"
"The best Hitchcock film in decades." (LA Times)


Hye-ja is devoted to her hapless 27-year-old son. When he is accused of murder, her maternal instincts kick into overdrive, and she sets out to prove his innocence. Critics point out that the monster in this film—a mother whose love knows no bounds—is as terrifying and darkly funny as any of Bong's other creations. Bong and his cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo created a newly remasterd black-and-white DCP in 2013. 

Q&A Bong Joon-ho 

Bong Joon-Ho. 2009. 128 m. R. South Korea , Korean with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.

Mon. Mar 30  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Snowpiercer

"Bong Joon-ho Retrospective"
"Politically provocative and visually spectacular-- the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period." (Salon)


A postapocalyptic ice age forces the last humans on earth aboard a supertrain zooming around the world in endless loops. Each car is different—in the back it’s a slum, but an aquarium, a nightclub, and a sushi bar are up front—and there’s no shifting around. With a whiny Tilda Swinton as the Minister (“I am the head”), and an epic Chris Evans (“You are the foot. It’s preordained”) as the revolutionary leader, this big-budget production, Bong’s first in English, was a massive critical and commercial success.

Q&A Bong Joon-ho, producer Dooho Choi, and actor Paul Lazar 

Bong Joon-Ho. 2013. 126 m. R. France/South Korea/Czech Republic/USA , in various languages with subtitles. The Weinstein Company.

Thurs. Apr 2  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Phoenix

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

We’re fortunate to kick off the festival with a special preview of this rich Hitchcockian tale by the German director of the acclaimed Barbara. With spectacular acting, cinematography, and production design, it unfolds around a disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss) who undergoes facial reconstruction surgery after the war. Now unrecognizable and presumed dead, she searches ravaged postwar Berlin for her beloved husband while plagued by terrible rumors about the person who betrayed her to the Nazis. 

April 8, 7:30: OPENING NIGHT with RECEPTION

Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. NR. Germany , German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Apr 8  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Blumenthal

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Witty and urbane, Blumenthal paints the portrait of one Upper West Side family in all its glorious dysfunction. After the untimely death of his famous playwright brother, Harold Blumenthal, Saul (Mark Blum) and his family struggle to come to terms with the man and the crippling shadow his success cast over their lives. A meditation on learning to let go and live in the moment, Blumenthal is a sophisticated comedy with emotional resonance. 

Q&A April 9, 7:30: Actor Mark Blum with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas. Obie winner Mark Blum is a film and Broadway actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is on the faculty of HB Studio and Brooklyn College, and will be featured in the film How He Fell in Love later this year. 

Seth Fisher. 2013. 86 m. NR. US . Aperture Entertainment.

Official Website / Trailer

Thurs. Apr 9  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Watchers of the Sky

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Asking why the killing of a million was a lesser crime than the killing of an individual, Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide and changed the course of history. This Sundance award-winning documentary both examines the work of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who set the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court and tells the story of four individuals working today to keep his legacy alive.

Q&A April 12, 11:30 am: Felice Gaer, Director of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights.

SPONSORED BY AJC

Edet Belzberg. 2014. 120 m. NR. France/Netherlands/USA . Music Box Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Sun. Apr 12  11:30 AM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Deli Man

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Laugh your way through hilarious stories of American delicatessens while drooling over the wonderful Jewish food being prepared before your eyes in delis from New York to Chicago to San Francisco, and even Texas. Erik Greenberg Anjou (A Cantor’s Tale, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground) includes Ben’s Kosher Deli, a New York institution celebrating the opening of its newest location (in Scarsdale) in the final film of his delightful trilogy about Jewish culture.

April 12, 5:30: Q&A filmmaker Eric Greenberg Anjou and Ben’s Deli owner/founder Ronnie Dragoon with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

COMMUNITY EVENT! "A Taste of Deli" RECEPTION sponsored by Ben’s Kosher Deli. 

Erik Greenberg Anjou. 2014. 92 m. PG-13. US . Cohen Media Group.

Official Website / Trailer

Sun. Apr 12  5:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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The Last Mentsch

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

A provocative meditation on the making and meaning of Jewish identity, The Last Mentsch follows Auschwitz survivor Marcus Schwartz, a self-described “normal” German with no Jewish ties, who as an old man suddenly realizes that he wishes to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. For proof of the heritage he’s spent a lifetime denying, he must return to his hometown in Hungary and dig up evidence of his birth.

Q&A April 13, 7:30: Arie Bucheister and Rabbi Andrew Baker with RECEPTION. Arie Bucheister is Chief of Staff of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Rabbi Andrew Baker is AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs.

SPONSORED BY AJC.

Pierre-Henry Salfati. 2014. 93 m. NR. France/Germany/Switzerland , German/Hebrew/Hungarian with subtitles. Elsani Film.

Official Website / Trailer

Mon. Apr 13  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

A coming-of-age documentary that follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army. Away from their homes, families, and friends, these 18-year-olds undergo a demanding and inspiring journey at boot camp.

April 14, 4:45: Panel discussion moderated by JBFC Founder Steve Apkon.

Wayne Kopping. 2014. 80 m. NR. Israel/US , Hebrew with subtitles.

Official Website / Trailer

Tues. Apr 14  4:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Zero Motivation

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Fresh from its sold-out run at Film Forum, Zero Motivation is a gem—a brash and intelligent take on Israeli milita- rism and women’s equality that displays equal amounts of humor and gravitas. A modern M.A.S.H. in the Negev, it follows a group of female recruits as they struggle to cope with tedium and the need to forge identities in a society that at once discounts and depends on them. Starring Dana Ivgy (Or, Jaffa, Broken Wings). The breakout hit of the 2014 festival circuit! 

Q&A APRIL 14, 7:45: writer/director Stuart Weinstock, programmer at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and adjunct faculty, Columbia University, with Dean Movshovitz, Director of Film & Media, Consulate General of Israel Office of Cultural Affairs

Talya Lavie. 2014. 100 m. NR. Israel , Hebrew with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Tues. Apr 14  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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From Darkness into Light: Shorts Program

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

An allegory for the human condition, these four award-winning films from 2014 serve as a cathartic journey from the darkness of despair towards the light of hope:

Tzniut: A gripping portrait of the codes of sex and silence in a Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox community (Dir.David Formentin). 

A Trip to the Other Planet: A haunting animated testimony from the Auschwitz survivor and writer known as Ka-Tzetnik 135633 (Dir.Tom Kless).

Death and the Maiden: The Holocaust-era artist Charlotte Salomon as seen through her painting series “Life? Or Theater?” (Dir.Yael Lotem).

Salomea’s Nose: A charming tragicomedy about fate, love, and the power of facial disfigurement (Dir.Susan Korda).

Both screenings will be introduced by Festival Associate Programmer Carrie Barnhouse. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Various Directors. 2014. 81 m. NR. Germany/Israel/US , Various languages with subtitles.

Wed. Apr 15  5:00 PM
Sun. Apr 26  2:30 PM
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Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

A pioneer of Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of characters for whom humor and pathos always coexisted. And if Tevye the Milkman is the best known, it’s in good part due to Theodore Bikel, who has played the character on stage more than 2000 times—as well as countless other roles on stage and screen. This enchanting documentary recounts the stories of both of these Jewish icons.

April 15, 7:30 FILM and LIVE MUSIC by the Aaron Alexander Klezmer Trio. Aaron Alexander appears in the film in performance with Theo Bikel, and is founder of the New York Klezmer Series and has been playing klezmer music for almost 25 years.The Trio musicians include Aaron Alexander on drums and fiddle, Greg Wall on clarinet and saxophone, and Christina Crowder on accordion.

John Lollos. 2014. 75 m. NR. US . NCJF.

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Apr 15  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Sophie Tucker enchanted her audiences with her bold, bawdy, and brassy style. This fun and loving portrait uses the Last of the Red Hot Mama’s 400-plus personal scrapbooks to retrace her 60-year showbiz career. The movie has everything: the blues-infused songs, sexual innuendo, infectious charisma, and irreverent humor that catapulted Tucker to stardom.

April 16, 7:30 LIVE CABARET PERFORMANCE
 by Christine Pedi accompanied by Matthew Martin Ward. Pedi is a comedic actress, award-winning cabaret performer, Drama Desk nominnee, Sirius XM radio personality, Broadway star, and renowned impressionist.

William Gazecki. 2014. 96 m. NR. US . Menemsha Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Thurs. Apr 16  7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Touchdown Israel

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Here’s the improbable story of the IFL, an American-style football league that’s thriving in a most unexpected place. Tracking a season, this lively documentary reveals in microcosm the patchwork quilt of Israeli society as Jews, Muslims, and Christians— many new to the sport—suit up, compete, and build friendships on a quest for Israel Bowl glory.  

April 19, 5:00 Q&A Jay Fiedler and Alex Swieca with Don Sperling. 

Jay Fiedler’s 10-year NFL career as a quarterback included playing for the Miami Dolphins and the NY Jets. He was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Alex Swieca was MVP for the Israel Bowl Champions Judean Rebels and is now a senior at Michigan where he was quarterback for the Wolverine’s Sugar Bowl winning 2011 season. Don Sperling is VP and Executive Producer for New York Giants Entertainment.

Presented in partnership with The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!




Paul Hirschberger. 2014. 85 m. NR. Israel/US , English/Hebrew with subtitles. NTL Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Sun. Apr 19  5:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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The Jewish Cardinal

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

The son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, Jean- Marie Lustiger converted to Catholicism, joined the priesthood, and was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II. When a group of nuns sought to build a chapel within Auschwitz in the 1980s, he was pulled into the middle of a conflict between Jews and Catholics. This stirring portrait explores the tension between the identity we are born with and the one we choose.

Q&A April 20, 7:30: Rabbi James A. Rudin, AJC’s Senior Interreligious Adviser.

SPONSORED BY AJC

Ilan Duran Cohen. 2012. 90 m. NR. France , French with subtitles. Film Movement.

Official Website / Trailer

Mon. Apr 20  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Felix and Meira

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

In this tender, lovely drama, an unhappy Hasidic wife and mother meets a secular loner mourning the death of his father in a bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, the two find a connection. As mutual affection subtlely shades into romance, the young woman faces a tough choice that calls her very identity into question. 

April 21, 7:30 DISCUSSION and BOOK SALE: Explore the expanding world of American Hasidim with The Jewish Week Editor/Publisher Gary Rosenblatt, author of Between the Lines, and New York Times writer Joseph Berger, author of The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America. A book sale and signing will follow.

SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH WEEK

Maxime Giroux. 2014. 105 m. NR. Canada , French/Yiddish with subtitles. Oscilloscope Pictures.

Official Website / Trailer

Tues. Apr 21  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Famous Nathan

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker has created a dynamic documentary portrait of Nathan’s Famous, the legendary Coney Island eatery his grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker, founded in 1916. Exceptionally artful and layered, Famous Nathan interweaves family photos, home movies, an eclectic soundtrack, the voices of wisecracking workers, and never-before-heard audio from Nathan himself to convey the hustle-bustle of the Brooklyn institution.

Q&A April 22, 5:00: filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker, Nathan’s grandson, with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

Lloyd Handwerker. 2014. 98 m. NR. US . Film Movement.

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Apr 22  5:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

The Third Reich produced over 1200 feature films—more than 40 of which remain banned from public screening in Germany and elsewhere because of their incendiary content. Now, almost 70 years later, filmmaker Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) shares an overview of this astonishing footage, and asks if it should become freely available and preserved. Or should this dark legacy be kept away from the public eye?

REEL TALK April 22, 8:00: JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

Felix Moeller. 2014. 94 m. NR. Germany , French/German/Hebrew with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Apr 22  8:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
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Above and Beyond

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

The untold history of American WWII veterans who survived the battles over a genocidal Europe and again took to the air in 1948, this time in a clandestine campaign to save the nascent Jewish state. With seamless historical reenactments, archival footage, and original interviews, this harrowing tale is also a frank look at American Jewish identity and a poignant reminder of its interdependence with the fate and fortune of the Israeli state. Produced by Nancy Spielberg. 

Q&A April 23, 7:30: Dr. Steven Bayme with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon with RECEPTION. Steven Bayme is Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of AJC and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

Roberta Grossman. 2014. 87 m. NR. US . Katahdin Productions.

Official Website / Trailer

Thurs. Apr 23  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Metalhead

"After Dark"

“Impeccably crafted and beautifully performed.” (Twitchfilm.com) 

As teenage Hera reckons with the loss of her beloved older brother, she embraces the blistering heavy metal music he loved, putting her at odds in more ways than one with her isolated small town. A clear-eyed depiction of a tortured soul, with award-winning performances.

REEL TALK JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin 

Ragnar Bragason. 2013. 97 m. NR. Iceland , in Icelandic with subtitles. Cinelicious Pics.

Mon. Apr 27  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

The Dove Flyer

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel , Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Tues. Apr 28  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
new-releases

Farewell Herr Schwarz

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

In 1945, after the war’s end, sister and brother Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz didn’t meet in £ódz as they had planned. Instead, she migrated to Israel and started a family, and he returned to Germany, changed his name, and began a new life. Their decisions haunt their children and compel their grandchildren, including filmmaker Yael Reuveny, to explore their family history and reconsider their own identities.

Q&A April 29, 7:30: Filmmaker Yael Reuveny with Bruni Burres, Sigal Yehuda and JBFC Founder Steve Apkon. 
 
Producer Bruni Burres is senior consultant to the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund. Sigal Yehuda is director of Greenhouse Film Centre, a development program for documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa, which helped make the production of Farewell Herr Schwarz possible. Documentary filmmaker Yael Reuveny began this project in the 2009 Greenhouse Program, which subsequently won Best Documentary at the Haifa International Film Festival.

Yael Reuveny. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel , German/Hebrew with subtitles. Made In Germany Film.

Official Website / Trailer

Wed. Apr 29  7:30 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
new-releases

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

"Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015"

CLOSING NIGHT with PERFORMANCE by DAVID BROZA! This rousing and inspiring documentary focuses on iconic Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, who sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During eight days and nights of creation with American musician/producer Steve Earle and a host of international artists in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises.

April 30, 7:30 Q&A and LIVE PERFORMANCE: Israeli singer/songwriter/musician David Broza with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon. Broza, recently featured in Vanity Fair, will perform a set of live acoustic music after the conversation. 

SPONSORED BY AJC

Erez Miller/ Henrique Cymerman. 2014. 80 m. NR. Israel , Arabic/English/Hebrew with subtitles. Vice Versa Films.

Official Website / Trailer

Thurs. Apr 30  7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)