One thing Seattleite’s love is to come in from the rain and snuggle down for a good film festival, and one of their faves is the 2015 Seattle Jewish Film Festival (March 14-22) a program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Since the SJFF is proudly celebrating their 20th year, they are pulling out all the stops to bring you the finest contemporary movies featuring Jewish themes from Here, There, and Everywhere -this year’s tag line-presenting short-subject, documentary, & feature films from around the world. Plus, there’s not a bad seat in the house at the newly renovated, Stroum Jewish Community Center’s state-of-the-art, 2,500 square-foot facility featuring telescopic seating for 350, a fully digitized high-definition cinema projector and Dolby Digital surround sound.
You’ll “Laugh. Cry. Love. Debate. Celebrate: To Life!” while completely immersed in 32 Films from 10 Countries (including 1 Golden Globe nominee & 3 Oscar contenders) in 10 fascinating days supplemented by guest artists, performers, speakers, parties, family and of course, lots of exciting special events.
Some potential best of the fests are:
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”, an interesting premise about an unhappily married woman who wants nothing more than to divorce her unwilling husband, only due to a Jewish catch 22…You’ve got to get a gett (a divorce document from said husband) before you can get a divorce!
The Academy Award®-nominated documentary short “Facing Fear” a story about a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his hate crime attack who meet by chance 25 years later, astonishingly at the Museum of Tolerance and somehow become friends.
As an ex- New Yorker and major fan of Marvin Hamlisch, I can’t wait to see the deeply personal documentary, Marvin Hamlisch: “What He Did For Love” as well as William Gazecki’s heart-felt documentary “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,” a tribute to the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas”.
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival opens with a bang on March 14th featuring the German-Israeli co-production “HANNA’S JOURNEY,” a refreshing look at how a third generation is coping with the legacy of the German-Israeli historical relationship on the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations. Attendees at Opening Night will also enjoy a contemporary exhibit on “Jewish Life in Germany Today,” initiated and sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington and co-organized by Stroum JCC and the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco. On March 22nd, Closing Night will take place in the SJCC’s Cultural Arts venue, which opened last year following an extensive renovation.
Single tickets start at $12 ($10* for Students / Seniors 65+) or you can be a totally mensch and go you can buy The Whole Megillah which entitles pass holder to all film screenings and ticketed special events in the 2015 Seattle Jewish Film Festival (March 14-22), including Opening & Closing Night films and Receptions and Matzoh Momma Sunday Brunch & Film, at the such-a-deal price of only $ 250 (discounted to only $225 for Students / Seniors 65+).
Tickets are selling fast so no dawdling. Visit the Seattle Jewish Film Festival site for more information and to purchase your tickets.