New York Jewish Film Festival 2013 Jan 09 – Jan 24
- $13 General Public
- $9 Student & Senior
- $8 Member
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Join us for the 22nd annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience. Dramatic features, fascinating documentaries, enjoyable comedies, and a wide variety of shorts are presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Festival includes world, U.S. and New York premieres.
This year’s New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator; Scott Foundas, Associate Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Marcela Goglio, Programming Associate, Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director of The New York Jewish Film Festival, The Jewish Museum; with assistance from Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media and Film Festival Coordinator, The Jewish Museum.
The New York Jewish Film Festival is supported, in part, through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Liman Foundation; Mimi and Barry Alperin; and the Martin and Doris Payson Fund for Film and Media. Additional support is provided by the Polish Cultural Institute; the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York; the Netherland-America Foundation; and the French Embassy.
In This Series
Opening Night! New York City Premiere!
Filmmakers Peter Miller, Sharyn Felder and editor Amy Linton in person at both screenings! Filmmaker Will Hechter in person at 3:15pm screening!
Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus and emerging as one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era.Read more »
Closing Night! New York Premiere!
Star Barbara Sukowa and screenwriter Pam Katz in person!
Margarethe von Trotta’s stirring bio-pic follows four years in the life of the titular philosopher and author (brilliantly played by Barbara Sukowa), including her controversial New Yorker coverage of the trial of Adolf Eichmann.Read more »
Castaways co-director Slawomir Grunberg in person!
This intimate and homey portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and artist Art Spiegelman reveals him to be as witty, fascinating, and fiercely insightful in person as his extraordinary creative output. Screening with Castaways (Slawomir Grunberg & Tomasz Wisniewski, 2012).Read more »
Director Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir in person at both screenings!
This mesmerizing and exuberant assemblage of archival film, sound, and visual culture offers a front row seat to the best show in town: Berlin’s Weimar Republic cabaret scene.Read more »
Directors Josh and Benny Safdie in person! Make it a Double Feature with An Evening with the Safdie Brothers!
In this madcap drama, a frazzled, thirtysomething divorced dad leads his two young sons through a jumble of lawless fun, strange visitors and other adventures during his annual two-week custody period.Read more »
Directors Josh and Benny Safdie in person! Make it a Double Feature with Daddy Longlegs (a.k.a. Go Get Some Rosemary)!
Acclaimed New York filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie present a program of five shorts: There's Nothing You Can Do, We're Going to the Zoo, The Acquaintances of a Lonely John, John's Gone and The Black Balloon.Read more »
Introduction and post-screening discussion with Bruce Checefsky!
A special event featuring the only three surviving films made by influential Polish experimental filmmakers Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, plus two “remakes” of lost Themerson films by Bruce Checefsky, Director, Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art.Read more »
New York Premiere!
Co-director Daniel Edelstyn in person at both screenings! Shards director Jack Feldstein in person at both screenings!
Irish documentary filmmaker Dan Edelstyn journeys to reconnect with his Jewish Ukrainian roots in this fascinating exploration of the desire for return. Screening with Shards (Jack Feldstein, 2012).Read more »
New York Premiere! Director Renaud Cohen in person at both screenings!
A director who hasn’t made a film in 10 years rushes into production on a new project when he believes he may be dying in this delightfully self-referential moviemaking satire. Screening with Glue (Michal Lavi, 2012).Read more »
Directors Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen in person!
A revealing portrait of New York’s indomitable, streetwise champion of the arts, who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and brought free Shakespeare to Central Park.Read more »
Mayor Ed Koch in person at January 13 screening! Director Neil Barsky in person at January 10 screening!
A documentary journey through the life and career of New York’s 86-year-old former mayor, revealing the personal toll of being mayor of our wondrous city.Read more »
New York Premiere!
This extraordinary, surprising window onto Israeli society explores how the need to move, shift, and be in constant motion has produced generations of great dancers and choreographers. Screening with Life in Stills (Tamar Tal, 2011).Read more »
U.S. Premiere! Director Frans Weisz in person at both screenings!
In this moving and original documentary, director Franz Weisz revisits the haunting legacy of the German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon and her magnum opus Leben? oder Theater?, the subject of his 1981 narrative feature film, Charlotte.Read more »
New York Premiere!
Co-director Dana Doron in person at January 20 screening! Audition director Udo Prinsen in person at January 14 screening!
This powerful film examines the complex relationships three Auschwitz survivors have with the numbers tattooed on their arms. Screening with Audition (Udo Prinsen, 2011).Read more »
Director Alexa Karolinski in person at both screenings!
A poetic meditation on heritage, memory and identity as seen through the lives of two elderly Holocaust survivors now living as roommates in Berlin. Screening with Kosher (Isabelle Stead, 2010).Read more »
Silent film with live music accompaniment!
A rarely screened silent about a young Jewish woman (Pola Negri) who hides her identity in order to study medicine, enlivened by an exciting new musical score by Alicia Svigals with live musical accompaniment by Alicia Svigals (violin) and Marilyn Lerner (piano).Read more »
U.S. Premiere! Director Zuzanna Solakiewicz in person at both screenings!
For 30 years, Meir Moszkowicz has come to a ruined Polish cemetery to care for the graves of the forgotten Tzaddik (righteous man). Screening with 55 Socks (Co Hoedeman, 2011).Read more »
Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Nadine Goellner, The Office; Nicola Galliner, Berlin JFF; Stuart Hands, Toronto JFF; Andrew Ingall, Foundation for Jewish Culture; Annette Insdorf, Columbia University; Judy Ironside, UK Jewish Film; Aviva Kempner; Lexi Leban, Jay Rosenblatt, San Francisco JFF; Sharon Rivo, Lisa Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film; Ilya Tovbis, Washington JFF; Isaac Zablocki, The JCC in Manhattan; the Film Society of Lincoln Center staff; The Jewish Museum staff; Intern: Elizabeth Horkley; Volunteers: Marlene Josephs, Linda Lipson.