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Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

April 7-17, 2016


The 16th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen 10-12 contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. Festival home from April 7-17, 2016 is Angelika Film Center and Café at Mosaic. 

The festival schedule will be announced in February 2016.  

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Fall 2015 Films & Related Programs

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
Saturday, October 24, 8pm
A J Performing Arts Series/Blue Like Me event
This documentary film is about Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin’s journey back to her roots in the Bene Israel community where she grew up. Plus a Q&A with Siona and Ryan Arey, the film’s editor, and special guest Ori Soltes, theology, philosophy and art history professor at Georgetown University. Tickets: $20 adults | $16 J members & seniors (65+) | $12 under 30. Ticket includes meet-the-artists reception.
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It’s All About Friends
Sunday, November 8, 4pm-6:30pm
Hosted by Beth El Hebrew Congregation Inclusion Committee. In partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV
Event Location: Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
Directed by Lena Koppel | Sweden | 2013 | Swedish with English subtitles | 91 minutes. Max, a successful NYC-based cinematographer is contacted by his old friend Peter, who invites him to come to a small Swedish city and help him make a film about his daughter´s friends. Featured Guest: Rikki Epstein, Executive Director of The Arc of Northern Virginia Event Contact: Jeanne Holden at jeanneholden@yahoo.comFree Admission. Reserve Tickets

Join us for a special showing of Madeline Kahn’s last film
Judy Berlin
Tuesday, November 10, 4:45pm
USA | 1999 | 94 minutes. Judy Berlin (Edie Falco) is an aspiring actress whose zippy idealism is at odds with her small suburban community, where a solar eclipse induces town inhabitants, including a lonely housewife (Madeline Kahn), frustrated schoolteacher (Barbara Barrie), and a school principal (Bob Dishy) to search for solace and understanding in themselves and each other. With Julie Kavner and Anne Meara. Free Admission. Reserve Tickets

Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life
With author William V. Madison
Tuesday, November 10, 7:30pm
A Northern Viriginia j.talks/Book Fest 2015 Closing Event
A biography of the beloved Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, Madeline Kahn, the career of a star who grew up in a non-observant family and went on to work frequently with Jewish writer–directors such as Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, and Gene Wilder. Tickets: $12 adults | $10 J member & seniors (65+) | $8 under 30
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Above and Beyond
Thursday, November 12, Noon
In partnership with Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, the J’s Adult Services Department and Project Welcome Home
Documentary | USA | 2014 | 86 minutes | Hebrew with subtitles. In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. Program with Bruce Lichtman, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, son of Gideon Lichtman, a volunteer pilot for Israel. Coffee, tea, and dessert provided. Tickets: $3. Free admission for J members. Buy/Reserve Tickets

The Sturgeon Queens
Sunday, November 29, 11:30am-2pm
A JCCNV Adult Services Department Event, in partnership with Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival
Guest Speaker: Julie Cohen, Director & Producer
Documentary | USA | 2014 | 54 minutes
The story of the famed Lower East Side smoked fish emporium Russ & Daughters and the Jewish immigrant family who has run it for 100 years and four generations. Features interviews with the original Russ Daughters, now over 90 years old, and prominent customers including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, and chef Mario Batali. Tickets: $26 | $22 J member includes brunch, movie and discussion after the film. RSVP by Sunday, November 22.
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Friday, December 25, 3pm
A J Fest Event in partnership with the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival
USA | 1983 | 132 minutes. This 1983 romantic musical, directed, co-written, co-produced and starring Barbra Streisand is based on the Isaac Bashevis Singer story Yentl, the Yesihva Boy and portrays the odyssey of an Ashkenazi Jewish girl in Poland who decides to dress and live like a man so that she can receive an education Talmudic Law after her father dies. Co-starring Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving, and Streisand singing Papa, Can You Hear Me? and The Way He Makes Me Feel, songs by Michel Legrand. Free Admission. Reserve Tickets


Film submissions for the April 2016 festival are now open.

Film submissions for spring 2016 festival started June 1, 2015 and end October 31, 2015. All films are considered that have at least 50% or more Jewish content or are Israeli-made. Films must be recent (2014, 2015, 2016).

Please send email to Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director (and Film Fest Director), with the following information:

- Title
- Country of origin, year of release, running time, languages/subtitles
- Brief description of film (100-120 words)
- Link to film website
- Please note if film will have (or has had) a theatrical run, will have (or has had) a PBS showing, will have (or has had) screenings in the DC Metro region prior to April 7, 2016
- Vimeo link and password (must have permission to view for 30-60 days). Film will be previewed by 8-14 committee members.
- Submitter's contact information

Our committee will make a decision about our schedule in mid-December 2015, and will finalize all contracts by mid-January 2016. We only screen 10-12 films annually, and we rarely screen shorts.

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