The 2015 AJFF is a cinematic smorgasbord: 23 days, 65 films, and more screenings than ever, 164 to be exact. With a plethora of opportunities to view films, and even more seating capacity than in the past, it all may seem slightly overwhelming. Fear not, intrepid movie fans: this survival guide should maximize your festival fun to the fullest.
On February 18th and 19th, some of the most popular and in-demand movies of the festival will receive an impromptu repeat screening. If you missed a film or couldn’t get tickets, this is your chance to catch those audience favorites.
Films, of course, are the heart of every great film festival, but equally significant is the balancing of those films. What subjects should be explored, and how do we keep the lineup fresh and appealing?
The official schedule and lineup of films for the fifteenth annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) have been announced. The 23-day festival will take place January 28 through February 19, 2015.
AJFF's new status as an independent arts non-profit was written about in the online publication ArtsATL, along with news about the 2015 lineup of films, which was announced on Friday, December 19.
Howard Pousner, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wrote a wonderful article about the upcoming 2015 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in Thursday's edition of the newspaper. The article discussed the festival lineup and featured an interview with Kenny Blank, AJFF's Executive Director. From Pousner's piece:
In its 15th year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival again offers a copious array of extraordinary films that provide fresh perspectives on the place of Jews and Jewish history within our complex world.
AJFF is issuing a call for artists with special interests in design, film, and theatre who will produce sets as a part of our Art Party Mentorship program.
Israeli author and screenwriter Etgar Keret will be at Temple Sinai this Sunday, November 9th for an exhibition of his work. Copies of his books Suddenly, A Knock on the Door and Girl on the Fridge will be available for purchase. Additionally, attendees will enjoy a screening of his short films and his interview with Emory Professor and author Joseph Skibell.
Coming to Atlanta, October 24th are The Green Prince and PUMP the Movie.
The last week of Turner Classic Movies The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film will be Coming-of-Age themed films.
As we prepare for our 2015 season, we monitor the festival circuit for films that are of interest to AJFF. Here are just a few Jewish topics and stories that debuted at Toronto.
This September, TCM proudly presents The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film, a month-long showcase of movies focusing on Jewish history and heritage as portrayed on screen.
The ongoing crisis in Gaza has spilled into the world of Jewish film festivals in the past week, after the Tricycle Theatre in northwest London backed out of hosting the UK Jewish Film Festival. So long as the festival accepted sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy, the theatre says it cannot host the event.
Helen Marie Stern was many things -- a devoted supporter of the arts, a tireless volunteer, an animal lover -- but most of all she was our friend. Her death, this past Saturday, was not unexpected, but all the preparation in the world could not soften the blow.