San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off 27th Year
Twelve days of films at five venues
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Credit: Shayna Cohen
The San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 27th year Thursday night with the San Diego Premiere of "On the Map," about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team that became “the team of the nation” when they brought the first European Cup to Israel by beating the four-time defending champions, the Soviet Red Army team.
Clairemont Reading 14
JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS
4665 Clairemont Dr.
4425 La Jolla Village Dr.
Carlsbad Village Theatre
2822 State St.
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the JCC
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Dr.
Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18
1180 W. San Marcos Blvd.
The San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 27th year Thursday night with the San Diego Premiere of "On the Map." The film is about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team that became “the team of the nation” when it brought the first European Cup to Israel by beating the four-time defending champions, the Soviet Red Army team.
This year the San Diego Jewish Film Festival hosts 80 screenings at five venues over 12 days. The festival remains one of my favorites because of its commitment to not only showcasing films, but also encouraging discussion about the broad range of topics raised by filmmakers. There is no better place for a post-film discussion than at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.
I have watched the festival grow over the past 27 years, and I remember checking splices on their 16mm film prints and then climbing up a ladder to project them in a gymnasium. Now, the festival has expanded to five venues including Arclight La Jolla and Clairemont Reading 14 as well as the North County venues of Carlsbad Village Theatre and Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18.
I am always thrilled and honored when asked to be a part of the festival, and this year I will be hosting the Joyce Forum Filmmaker Panel at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 at Arclight La Jolla. It is a free event to anyone who is a festival pass holder.
The Joyce Forum is an especially exciting event because it focuses on young, new and international filmmakers. On Monday, 23 short films will screen ranging from a portrait of a holocaust survivor from the Warsaw Ghetto to a 90-year-old Jewish woman trying bacon for the first time to the animated adventures of Zion Man.
There is a whole day of shorts programming beginning at 10 a.m., with Buzz at Breakfast, and ending at 8 p.m., with Discovery After Dinner. If you want a diverse selection of styles and topics from around the world, then this is a great way to sample the festival.
The Joyce Forum Day of Shorts takes place on Feb. 13 at Arclight La Jolla. The San Diego Jewish Film Festival runs through Feb. 19.
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