Above: Promotional image from "Closed Season" - a young Jewish man being given shelter by a German husband and wife in the Black Forest must comply with an unusual request. Courtesy of Lawrence Family JCC.
San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents the San Diego Jewish Film Festival on February 7th-17th, 2013 in Clairemont/La Jolla, Carlsbad, San Marcos, featuring 47 films and shorts from 10 different countries.
The San Diego Jewish Film Festival presents short-subject, documentary and feature films as well as an international roster of guest artists, and themed programs for all ages. The festival is the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego.
The 2013 Festival has five opportunities designed to appeal to every audience:
• Festival films: diverse selection of award winning, fully produced, feature films
• Family Day: Highly popular Shalom Sesame! is for kids 3-7 years old
Ticket price: $11.75-$13.75
Heralded as the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego, the festival expects to draw over 16,000 patrons to four convenient venues around the county:
Clairemont Reading Cinemas - 4665 Clairemont Drive San Diego, CA 92117 Google Map
Garfield Theater at the JCC - 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla CA 92037 Google Map
Dove Library - 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad, CA 92011 Google Map
San Marcos Stadium 18 - 1180 West San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, CA 92069 Google Map
February 14th, 2013 is the eighth day of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival showing provocative and thoughtful films including "Blank Bullet," "Closed Season," "Show Stopper: The Theatrical life of Garth Drabinsky," "Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York" and "Hitler’s Children." All of the films on February 14th, 2013 will be showing at Clairemont Reading Cinemas 14.
About "Blank Bullet" (1:00pm)
A political thriller set in Israel—with a narrative fueled in part by the horrific assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. "Blank Bullet" introduces us to Amos Snir, head of Shin Bet, who has less than three days to prevent the assassination of Ariel Sharon at the newly built and dedication at Yad Vashem. Set in the turbulent months leading up to Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005, "Blank Bullet" follows Snir as he uncovers intelligence and stops at nothing to protect Israel’s Prime Minister from the murderous intentions of shady individuals. This film spares nothing and no one as it exposes the dark truths behind what it sometimes takes to keep the bright light of peace shining.
About "Closed Season" (2:00pm)
VIEWER DISCRETION: ADULT CONTENT - In one of the more unique Holocaust films ever shot, a young Jewish man being given shelter by a German husband and wife in the Black Forest must comply with an unusual request: the couple has been unable to conceive and the husband asks their “guest” to intercede on his behalf. Complications of the heart and of the war expectedly intrude as the film delivers an engaging tale of how wartime (like politics) can indeed make for strange bedfellows. Gorgeously shot and perfectly paced, this dramatic tale unfolds throughout WWII and into the 1970s when the now-adult child of this complex union learns the strange truth behind his parentage.
About "Show Stopper: The Theatrical life of Garth Drabinsky" (4:00pm)
You may not have realized it, but Garth Drabinksy has changed how all of us see movies in the theatre. A film and theater producer, he also founded the Cineplex chain, which took movie houses from one screen to who knows how many. Along the way, he also discovered a young actor named Tom Cruise… or so he claims, and he brought celebrated musicals to Broadway. So where is he now? Drabinsky, who is both lauded and lampooned is in prison for forgery and fraud. Show Stopper is a whirlwind ride through the life of a driven auteur whose balloon eventually collapsed under the weight of his own ambition.
About "Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York" (7:30pm)
If you want to change the world, you have to capture its attention first. The Photo League of New York City believed that the one way this was possible was through photography. Its photos helped keep its causes—labor rights, racial equality, and, freedom, liberty and justice for all—front and center in the minds of New Yorkers and the world. This exciting and inspiring documentary merges the League’s powerful photography with historical footage and modern day interviews with the League’s members to deliver a thrilling, true story of a band of ideological artists who set out to change the world… and did.
About "Hitler’s Children" (8:00pm)
Ever wonder what it’s like to grow up with a last name like Himmler, Goering, or Hoess? Meet the descendants of some of the most infamous names in human history. Learn how, over the past 60 years, they have learned to strike a peculiar balance between a child’s natural inclination to look-up to his or her parents and the horror they—just like anyone—feel when they examine the acts perpetrated by those same people. This is a view of the Holocaust from survivors of a different stripe, and will provide unique insights into how people cope with horror and shame, and come to terms with the past.
For more information call 858-362-1348 for details or see the web site for all film prices and to purchase online: http://www.sdcjc.org/sdjff/index.aspx