The annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival may only run for 23 days, but we're excited to participate in the larger community the rest of the year. We've been busy recently, so check out what you may have missed, and who knows? We may be in your neighborhood next.
Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition & Festival
On September 25, AJFF joined more than 5,000 at the Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition & Festival. More than 30 teams vied for top barbeque honors with clever names like “Meat the Press,” “Grillin Tefillin,” and “Char Kol Nidre.” Our own Executive Director, Kenny Blank, joined in the festivities as a booth judge, identifying the cleverest set up and team name. Meanwhile our Community Engagement Manager, Dina Fuchs-Beresin, was at AJFF's booth with the help of several volunteers. As delicious as everything was, we can't wait for next year's Kosher BBQ when it returns October 22, 2017.
Sundance at Serenbe
This past Sunday, October 1, AJFF was privileged to be a part of Serenbe Film's Sundance at Serenbe Event. Before screening the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, AJFF Board Member and TCM Vice President Genevieve McGillicuddy was on hand to introduce and interview Sundance Institute Chair Pat Mitchell. The film series featured eight shorts covering fictional narratives, documentary subjects, and animation from around the world.
Denial Screening with Deborah Lipstadt
Recently, on October 5, AJFF proudly hosted a complimentary private screening of Denial before its theatrical release. The film is about Atlanta's own Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, and her legal battle for historical truth against Holocaust-denier David Irving. Presented with Emory University, the evening also featured a pre-reception with Dr. Lipstadt and a post-film Q&A moderated by AJFF Board Member and Dr. Lipstadt's colleague Dr. Matthew Bernstein.
The Atlanta Pride Parade
Thank you to all who joined us as we marched with pride with Soujourn on Sunday, October 9, in support of the annual Atlanta Pride Parade. AJFF is a proud community partner of this yearly event that supports our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer family and friends. Sojourn’s message of inclusion and acceptance is more important now than ever and we look forward to continuing to partner with this community both during our festival and throughout the year.
Coming up with AJFF...
Exposed Dance Festival
AJFF is proud to highlight Mr. Gaga. This high-energy film, part of the Israeli Dance Festival, is presented in part by the Consulate General of Israel on Saturday, October 29 at Emory University. Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned Israeli choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, who redefined the language of modern dance. You can reserve your spot for this free screening here.
MJCCA Book Festival
The MJCCA Book Festival returns November 5-20. Join us and thousands of book lovers to listen, meet, and interact with favorite authors in a variety of forums, with meet-and-greets, book signings, a community reading, and panel discussions. AJFF will be there to present Breakfast at Ina's, our Audience Award winner from the 2016 AJFF.
AJC's 11th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast: Embracing Our Differences
Join us as we attend AJC’s annual breakfast on November 15, continuing our joint efforts to find new ways of understanding, reaffirm relationships and join together in fellowship. We’ll be there with some of our favorite clips from former AJFF films, festival vouchers to all attendees, and other additions to the program as it develops. Register for the event here.