Above: Promotional image from "Melting Away." This heartfelt and heartbreaking drama centers on a family coming to terms with its transgender son. 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
Day ten of the San Diego Jewish Film festival presents films that are provocative, heartfelt and humorous! The films include "Joe Papp in Five Acts," "Bert Stern: Original Madman" and "Melting Away." All of the films on February 16, 2013 will be showing at Clairemont Reading Cinemas 14.
About "Joe Papp in Five Acts": (6:20pm)
“I believe great art is for everyone,” said Joe Papp Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Park, and a driving force behind game-changing Broadway shows like Hair and A Chorus Line. Joe Papp was nothing short of an artistic revolutionary, and this stirring documentary celebrates the great heights he scaled while turning a sober light on his personal pitfalls as well. Featuring Meryl Street, Kevin Kline, Christopher Walken, James Earl Jones, and other luminaries, Joe Papp in Five Acts is a compelling portrait of a man who transformed New York theater, a man who stood up to the House of Un-American Activities in the 1950s, a man whose name is synonymous with revolution in the arts—Brooklyn-born Joseph Papirofsky, better known as Joe Papp.
About "Bert Stern: Original Madman": (7:30pm)
Even if you don’t know the name, you know the work. Bert Stern’s photos captured the world’s most beautiful women—Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and more—at their most luminous. His ad campaigns made Smirnoff a household name. And while he was at it, he reinvented what it meant to be on the other side of the lens, being the first celebrity photographer to become a celebrity himself. So why is he the original madman? Two reasons: he worked on Madison Avenue in its advertising heyday, and he lived his life at a pace that would burn out any other man many times over. Meet the inimitable man himself in Bert Stern: Original Madman. VIEWER DISCRETION: ADULT CONTENT (Contains substantial Nudity)
About "Melting Away": (8:30pm)
This heartfelt and heartbreaking drama centers on a family coming to terms with its transgender son. Kicked out of his own home as a teenager, Anna (formerly Assaf) returns to the fold in near-secret as a nurse tending to her dying father. But will she find it in her heart to forgive them for turning her away? And will they find it in themselves to adapt and embrace their child once more? In the end, Melting Away is a story about one thing only: Family.
Shown with "Flamingo Pride"
This amusing, animated short tells the tale of an unusual outsider: the only heterosexual flamingo in a flock of gay flamingos. When a female stork flies by, our hero falls in love and has to step outside his comfort zone.
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