On the Big Screen: Film Forums
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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 Christmas. 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.
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.
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 author interview, discussion, and Seattle Jewish Film Festival screening of the documentary film, LEONARD BERNSTEIN: LARGER THAN LIFE. This author is presented in partnership with The Jewish Book Council. Reception, book sales, and book signing to follow.
Film & Touring 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).
THE PRODUCERS: Outdoor Movie & Beer Garden
Saturday, August 10 | 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.