2018 Special Events

Opening Event

THURSDAY, MAY 10
Jewish Community Center

6:15 pm – pre-screening reception
7:00 pm – Film Screening, followed by a visit with Keep the Change stars, Samantha Elisofon and Brandon Polansky 

Admission: $15

Join us as we open our 24th season with Keep the Change, an off-kilter New York romantic comedy that does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen.  Enjoy this warm and satisfying story, and stay for a conversation with its stars, Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon. 

Brandon PolanskyBrandon Polansky reprised his role as David in the feature film Keep the Change. The story is based on his own early dating experience as observed by director Rachel Israel, originally in a 15-minute, award-winning short, in which Brandon also starred.

Samantha Elisofon is an actor, singer, autism ambassador and inaugural cast member of EPIC Players, a neuroinclusive theatre company whose mission is to break down stereotypes and pioneer inclusion in the arts. Samantha recently appeared at the United Nations’ World Autism Awareness Day, the theme of which this year was to empower women and girls on the autism spectrum.

Keep the Change has been generously sponsored by the Krevsky Family in honor of Fannie Krevsky’s 102nd birthday

 

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Book Club

SUNDAY, MAY 13
10:00 a.m., Midtown Cinema
(with 9:15 pre-screening nosh)

Please join us after 9:15 a.m. for bagels, coffee, and a screening of 1945, followed by a discussion of the film with Professor Helen Khanzhina.  

Helen Khanzhina

Author and scholar Dr. Yelena (Helen) P. Khanzhina-Wexler earned her Ph.D. in World Literature from the University of St. Petersburg (Russia). Professor Khanzhina-Wexler immigrated to the United States in the 1990s, where she has continued to teach literature and writing at the university level.

 

1945 has been generously sponsored by Linda Schwab and Family


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One Just For Me

TUESDAY, MAY 15
11:00 a.m., Midtown Cinema
(with 10:15 morning tea)

Admission $10

“One Just for Me” is the name we’ve given to this special screening, designed for stay-at-home moms or dads with school-aged kids, and others whose schedules make it difficult for them to get to afternoon and evening Film Festival screenings. 

This season,  “One Just for Me” will begin with a pre-movie morning tea, and continue with a screening of Bye Bye Germany, a comic drama that takes place a year after the end of WWII, in a well-established Displaced Persons camp in Frankfurt. We meet a band of survivors who have America in their sights – they just have to make enough money to get there and say goodbye to Germany forever.

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My Dear Children

SUNDAY, MAY 13
7:00 p.m., Midtown Cinema

A letter written in Yiddish by a grandmother she never knew to a father who refused to read it, compels a middle-aged woman to leave her native South Africa and set out for Poland and Ukraine, to try to make sense of the profound fracture in her family.  Based on a rare first-hand account of the brutal pogroms in the wake of the Russian Revolution,  My Dear Children chronicles the experience of  a Jewish mother of 12 whose sole focus was to protect her children, whatever the cost.  

My Dear Children is unrated; it contains violent, graphic images

Please join us after the film for a Q&A with writer-producer-director LeeAnn Dance, and her My Dear Children co-director, Cliff Hackel.

 LeeAnn and CliffLeeAnn Dance, over a career spanning more than 25 years, has been a groundbreaking investigative reporter and an award-winning television producer with CNN’s investigative and documentary unit.  She now has her own boutique production company outside Washington, D.C.  My Dear Children is her first independent documentary production.

Cliff Hackel has won numerous awards for producing, directing, and/or editing over his more than a quarter-century of documentary experience, including a George Foster Peabody award in 2007 for CNN’s God’s Warriors, hosted by Christiane Amanpour.  His shows have appeared on CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, National Geographic Television and Discovery Channel.

 



Speaker Event

THURSDAY, MAY 17
7:00 p.m., Midtown Cinema

Touted in late ‘30s Hollywood as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr was far more than a pretty face: she was an inventor whose work paved the way for today’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.   Bombshell chronicles the life of this beautiful, brilliant, complicated woman, through film clips and interviews with family, friends, and admirers, including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne, as well as through Hedy’s own words, in a never-before-heard, taped interview she gave in 1990.

Enjoy the film and join us afterwards for a Q&A with our special guests: 

CarrieAlex DeanAlexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary director and producer whose work has been seen on PBS and on Bloomberg television, where she produced Innovators, a series about inventors who shape our world.  Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story, which she wrote, produced and directed, is her first feature documentary. 

 Carrie Rickey, for 25 years the film critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer, began her career at the Village Voice and has written for various publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is included in the book Feminists Who Changed America for her role in chronicling the work and the progress of women artists and filmmakers.

Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story, and the appearances of Ms. Dean and Ms. Rickey, have been generously sponsored by Conrad and Gail Siegel