On the Big Screen: Film Forums
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USHPIZIN (THE GUESTS)
A couple’s faith is tested by the Sukkot tradition to welcome guests when secular and Ultra-Orthodox worlds collide at this tense and humorous dinner. Unbeknownst to the struggling devout hosts, their guests have just escaped prison and are hiding from the police. The couple is challenged to take a stance when the guests have overstayed their welcome. Inspiring, heartwarming and uplifting, this critically acclaimed film has universal appeal. Co-sponsored with Herzl-Ner Tamid Daytimers.
Winner of 2004 Ophir/Israeli Oscar for Best Actor.
Thursday, October 4 | 7:30 pm
$12 | $10
Rec ages 15+
A once-acclaimed New York playwright, Nate (Jemaine Clement, HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords”), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke, and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his wisecracking, widowed father, Bob (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community. Bob’s use of humor to deal with life’s challenges, including the death of his beloved wife, drives Nate crazy. The quirky, father-son odd couple wrangle over and recognize different approaches to life’s setbacks.
HUMOR ME is the directorial debut of producer Sam Hoffman, founder and director of “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” the viral web TV show which went on to become a book and off-Broadway play. Hoffman’s credits also include producing CBS’s “Madam Secretary” and Wes Anderson’s film MOONRISE KINGDOM.
Film & Panel: CRIME AFTER CRIME
Thursday, October 25 | 7 pm
Free; $5 suggested donation
Deborah Peagler experienced years of abuse by a violent boyfriend before being sentenced to life in prison for his murder. CRIME AFTER CRIME, a Sundance Film Festival documentary, amplifies the stories of women, like Deborah, who survived domestic abuse only to be re-victimized by the U.S. judicial system. Through the voices of Deborah and her attorneys — one of whom is an Orthodox Jew channeling his values into his pro-bono service — the film shines a light on how public policy, criminal law, and civil law intersect and can escalate the violence and deepen the trauma survivors of domestic violence experience.
Join Jewish Family Service of Seattle, the Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence, and organizations from across the community for an important and timely screening of CRIME AFTER CRIME. A post-film panel will discuss how we can better understand and reform our systems to provide increased protections for survivors and reduce the compounding trauma that results from relationship-based violence.
Film & Panel: MONKEY BUSINESS
Sunday, October 28 | 2 pm
$12 | $10
MONKEY BUSINESS recounts the extraordinary lives and harrowing journey of Hans and Margret Rey, the husband-and-wife duo who penned the beloved “Curious George” children’s books. It has been 75 years since Curious George first touched the hearts and minds of children around the world, but little is known about his creators, German Jews living in Paris who narrowly escaped Nazi occupation by fleeing on makeshift bicycles across Europe, carrying their yet-to-be-published “Curious George” “manuscript with them.
In this vivid, mixed-media documentary, interviews are augmented by original hand-drawn animations and a treasure trove of archival materials from the Rey estate, including wartime journals, photographs, letters, and unpublished Curious George sketches and notes. A great introduction to the Holocaust for middle schoolers and up. Rec: Age 10+. Includes post-film panel and Q&A.
Co-presented with Holocaust Center for Humanity.
Israeli TV Dinners: YOUR HONOR (Season 1)
Sunday, November 4 | 3-10:30 pm
$25 | $20 incl. dinner (purchase by Oct. 29)
$15 | $10 film only
It’s no wonder this gripping, award-winning TV legal thriller and its heart-pounding portrayal of a well-meaning family ensnared in Israel’s crime underworld has been optioned for an American remake by CBS Studios. Micah Alkobi is a rising-star judge preparing to run for powerful public office when he learns that his troubled teenage son was involved in a hit-and-run accident involving the son of a notoriously violent crime boss. As the plot unfolds, the show’s title takes on a double meaning as the “honorable” judge discovers just how many laws he’s willing to break in order to shield his son. While the series centers on Alkobi’s Breaking Bad-like transformation, some of the best scenes involve the women who confront him: his mother-in-law; a young lawyer protégé; and a police detective who begins to suspect him.
We will show the entire first season (12 episodes), reprising the first four episodes (screened at SJFF 2018) before dinner is served. Catch all 12 or come for dinner and the remaining 8.
Tickets purchased by Monday, October 29 include dinner; after that, film only tickets available. Concessions and wine/beer for sale.
Film & Panel: LIKE
Thursday, November 15 | 7:30 pm
Technology is here to stay. By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives, and on our civilization we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.
This film, by the producers of SCREENAGERS and ANGST, strives to inspire people of all ages to self-regulate their technology use, especially kids. It doesn’t focus on blame, but rather it encourages people to look in the mirror and feel empowered to create balance in their lives and learn to be there for each other. Includes post-film panel of experts, followed by Q&A. Rec: 11+.
Kung Pao Xmas: DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS
Tuesday, December 25 | 5 pm
$25 | $20 incl. dinner (purchase by Dec. 17)
$15 | $10 film only
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”—who knew that some of the best loved Christmas carols were written by Jewish songwriters. This musical documentary celebrates the amazing story of Jewish composers such as such as Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, and Jay Livingston, who composed the indelible, mainstream pop-culture soundtrack to Chistmas. These Jewish immigrant outsiders connected Christmas with a universal theme: imagining a better world. Featuring interviews with Alan Dershowitz, Mark Breslin, and comedians Jackie Mason and Ophira Eisenberg (coming to the J on January 24). Plays with short film HANNAH COHEN’S HOLY COMMUNION.
Tickets purchased by December 17 include dinner; after that, film only tickets available. Concessions and wine/beer for sale.
Thursday, February 28 | 7:30 pm
$12 | $10
In the desert city of Be’ersheva, Assi (Ran Danker), an emotionally scarred writer, is sentenced to community service teaching juvenile delinquents. Using his skills in scriptwriting and poetry, he helps them take control of their narratives by filming the world around them. The teens’ extreme personalities, riotous energy, and vivacious charm arouse a fresh wind of creativity and hope in Assi’s personal and creative life. Through a close relationship with one troubled teen in particular, both Assi and the group break through the boundaries of the rehabilitative framework in this moving drama inspired by true events in the director’s life.
Winner of Best First Feature and Best Cinematography at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
SJFF Film & Author: Jamie Bernstein
The oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein” is an intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack of their entwined lives. Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. She travels the world as a concert narrator. The event includes a pre-film author interview and discussion followed by a Seattle Jewish Film Festival screening of a new documentary film about Leonard Bernstein This author is presented in partnership with The Jewish Book Council. Reception, book sales, and book signing to follow.
This special event is part of the 24th annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019. Film admission only included with SJFF pass.
Film & Exhibit: REFUSENIK and "Power of Protest"
REFUSENIK (SJFF 2008), the first retrospective documentary about the 30-year human rights campaign to liberate Soviet Jews from behind the Iron Curtain, screens alongside a new touring exhibit on display at Hillel UW. “Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews,” a new touring exhibit created by the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores the significance of this dramatic, risky, and emotionally fraught social justice movement. Also on view is a local companion exhibit, curated by Washington State Jewish Historical Society and co-presented by Hillel UW, exploring Soviet Jews who came to Washington state. Arrive early before the film to view both exhibits on display March 12 – April 29 (check viewing hours online).
Free for students and SJFF pass holders.
THE PRODUCERS: Outdoor Movie & Beer Garden
Saturday, August 3 | 8:45 pm
Free; suggested donation $5
Relax under the stars for a free outdoor movie on a big inflatable screen and a beer garden to boot in our Kesher Community Garden as we screen the classic, slapstick comedy, THE PRODUCERS, at dusk! Bring your own picnic (vegetarian/kosher), a lawn chair or a blanket, and enjoy concessions, including win/beer for sale, and a summer movie on the island. Laugh and toast some of Hollywood’s greatest comedy legends: Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, and Mel Brooks!
The event is free, but please RSVP so we know to expect you.