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Seattle Jewish Film Festival Postponed

POSTPONED: THE 25TH ANNUAL SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Growing concerns about COVID-19 led to the decision to postpone the film festival originally scheduled to open next week

SEATTLE, Wash. (March 10, 2020) – The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) announced today the decision not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) scheduled for March 19 – 29 and April 4 – 5. Options are being explored for a rescheduled film festival to take place in the summer or early fall of 2020.

“The Seattle Jewish Film Festival is about people spending time together and sharing experiences with friends, filmmakers, and special guests,” said Amy Lavin, SJCC CEO. “Simply stated, the Festival is about community engagement powered by cinema. After much consideration, with guidance from Public Health officials and growing concern for maintaining our collective health, we decided to postpone the 25th anniversary event. The silver lining of our silver anniversary is that the show will go on, just not now.”

For those who have already purchased tickets or passes to the film festival, there are a few options:

  • Convert the purchase to a charitable gift in honor of the 25th anniversary of the film festival.
  • Receive a credit good for the rescheduled festival or any upcoming SJCC Arts + Ideas program through December 31, 2020.
  • Request a refund (minus any processing fees).
  • For those who purchased tickets to our Centerpiece “Silent Movie Mondays: THE ANCIENT LAW” on March 23 at The Paramount Theatre, tickets will automatically transfer to a future rescheduled date or refunds can be issued after Friday, March 20 via your point of purchase through Ticketmaster or in person at the box office.

Ticket/pass buyers wishing to convert to a donation or to receive a credit should email SJFF@sjcc.org by Friday, March 20. After March 20, refunds will be automatically issued.
“We thank our audience, donors, and sponsors for their ongoing support and their understanding during these unusual circumstances,” said Lavin. “May we all come together soon to watch great films, exchange rich dialogue, and commemorate this iconic community event that has uniquely and proudly celebrated Jewish and Israeli life, culture, and cinema in the region for a quarter century.”

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About the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF)
SJFF is the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest, one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the Puget Sound region and Jewish film festivals nationally, and is a vital cornerstone of the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Arts + Ideas season. Central to SJCC’s community-building mission, SJFF brings people together of all stripes to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of global Jewish and Israeli life through cinema. Audiences cast ballots for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, and Best Short Film; and 2020 brings a new juried award, the Golden Or (Hebrew for “light), for Best Independent Film which includes a cash prize. Tickets and more information can be found at seattlejewishfilmfestival.org.

Media contact:
Rachael Brister
Public Relations for the Stroum Jewish Community Center
brister.rachael@gmail.com

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ALL-MOVIE PASS:
Adults: $25
Students: $20
Seniors (65+): $20
J Members: $20
Children (Under 13): $20

‣ HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL | 1:00 PM
Kick-start the day with a film about the 2017 World Baseball Classic as underdog Team Israel surprised everyone. Veggie hotdogs and ballpark food for sale. 
Rated PG: language | 91 min | English

Heading Home Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $5
Children (Under 13): $11

‣ THE LIGHT OF HOPE | 3:15
Inspiring true story of a maternity home director in WWII France who saved almost 600 infants.
PG-13: violence | 96 min | Spanish, Catalan, French w/subtitles

The Light of Hope Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $11
Children (Under 13): $11

‣ THE TOBACCONIST | 5 PM
Sigmund Freud befriends a young man working in a Vienna cigar shop.
Rated R | 113 min | German, Czech w/subtitles

The Tobacconist Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $11
Children (Under 13): $11

COMING TO THE EVENT:

• Priority seating guaranteed 15 minutes before showtime for ALL-MOVIE PASS HOLDERS. 
• No refunds or exchanges.
• SJCC members never pay processing fees

MORE INFORMATION:

SJCC Arts + Ideas
Volunteer
Box Office & Venue Policies
Contact: Boxoffice@sjcc.org | 206.388.0833

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Three films, one day – binge on the best-of-fest from 2019 SJFF. Showing at 3:15 pm is The Light of Hope. Catch just one or catch them all!

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ALL-MOVIE PASS:
Adults: $25
Students: $20
Seniors (65+): $20
J Members: $20
Children (Under 13): $20

‣ HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL | 1:00 PM
Kick-start the day with a film about the 2017 World Baseball Classic as underdog Team Israel surprised everyone. Veggie hotdogs and ballpark food for sale. 
Rated PG: language | 91 min | English

Heading Home Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $5
Children (Under 13): $11

‣ THE LIGHT OF HOPE | 3:15
Inspiring true story of a maternity home director in WWII France who saved almost 600 infants.
PG-13: violence | 96 min | Spanish, Catalan, French w/subtitles

The Light of Hope Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $11
Children (Under 13): $11

‣ THE TOBACCONIST | 5 PM
Sigmund Freud befriends a young man working in a Vienna cigar shop. 
Rated R | 113 min | German, Czech w/subtitles

The Tobacconist Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $11
Children (Under 13): $11

COMING TO THE EVENT:

• Priority seating guaranteed 15 minutes before showtime for ALL-MOVIE PASS HOLDERS. 
• No refunds or exchanges.
• SJCC members never pay processing fees

MORE INFORMATION:

SJCC Arts + Ideas
Volunteer
Box Office & Venue Policies
Contact: Boxoffice@sjcc.org | 206.388.0833

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ALL-MOVIE PASS:
Adults: $25
Students: $20
Seniors (65+): $20
J Members: $20
Children (Under 13): $20

‣ HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL | 1:00 PM
Kick-start the day with a film about the 2017 World Baseball Classic as underdog Team Israel surprised everyone. Veggie hotdogs and ballpark food for sale.
Rated PG: language | 91 min | English

Heading Home Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $5
Children (Under 13): $11

‣ THE LIGHT OF HOPE | 3:15
Inspiring true story of a maternity home director in WWII France who saved almost 600 infants.
PG-13: violence | 96 min | Spanish, Catalan, French w/subtitles

The Light of Hope Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $11
Children (Under 13): $11

‣ THE TOBACCONIST | 5 PM
Sigmund Freud befriends a young man working in a Vienna cigar shop.
Rated R | 113 min | German, Czech w/subtitles

The Tobacconist Tickets:
Adults: $14
Students: $11
Seniors (65+): $11
J Members: $11
Children (Under 13): $11

COMING TO THE EVENT:

• Priority seating guaranteed 15 minutes before showtime for ALL-MOVIE PASS HOLDERS. 
• No refunds or exchanges.
• SJCC members never pay processing fees

MORE INFORMATION:

SJCC Arts + Ideas
Volunteer
Box Office & Venue Policies
Contact: Boxoffice@sjcc.org | 206.388.0833

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