Gene Wilder, comedic film and theater actor, screenwriter, film director, and author passed away at the age of 83. With a memorable career spanning over 50 years and countless roles, we thought we'd take a look at a few our favorites.
From the big screen to the small, we have some ideas about what to watch this month. Among our recommendations are two films from the 2016 AJFF, Natalie Portman's directorial debut, a summer classic, and the role that prompted Jerry Lewis to come out of retirement.
We're incredibly proud that AJFF attracts some of the most talented, passionate people. We rely heavily on this village – from our staff, to our sponsors and volunteers, to our audience – to make AJFF a world-class cultural event. This month, get to know one member of that village, our Community Engagement Manager, Dina Fuchs-Beresin.
In some ways, we operate like a lot of film festivals; and, in some areas, we do things a bit differently. We'd like pull the curtain back a bit and tell you more about different procedures and processes, and show you how we work. First up, our Film Evaluation Committee, which is busy reviewing films as you read this.
The deadline for the 2017 AJFF Call for Entries is nearly here. In the spirit of considering films for the annual festival*, we've been thinking about subjects we wish more films explored. One subject in particular: Shel Silverstein, the poet who inspired countless young people with his quirky sense of language. *Not that a film about Shel Silverstein is guaranteed a slot at AJFF. That is absolutely not what we are saying. So, see what it is we are talking about.
You could say looking at films with a Jewish connection is sort of our thing. So we decided to take our expertise and pick apart, with a minimalist view, one of our favorite classic films: Driving Miss Daisy.
Dates for the 17th annual AJFF have been announced! Consider yourself booked from January 24 to February 15, 2017. To help you, we've got a little reminder you can print out, tack to the fridge, use as a bookmark. Go on, be creative!
Among the standouts of the Olympics in Rio is the attention Jewish Olympian Aly Raisman's parents have captured because of their unabashed emotion when their daughter competes. They seem to outwardly embody Olympic parents as a whole. In that spirit, we wanted to take a look at some of the most supportive Jewish parents in film.
Sometimes what you watch is largely dictated by the mood you're in. So at this, the end of summer, we're suggesting a film for when... it's time to head back to school.
You could say looking at films with a Jewish connection is sort of our thing. So we decided to take our expertise and pick apart, with a minimalist view, one of our favorite classic films: The Graduate.
From the big screen to the small, we have some ideas about what to watch this month. Among our recommendations is a Nazi thriller, a remake of a classic, Seth Rogan's raunchy new animated film, and two films screened at AJFF, including one from this past year.
The words "film remake" are not always met with exuberance and excitement, oftentimes because the film being remade was highly appreciated in its original form. But what about films you never heard of, from a country far away? There's a long tradition of Israeli cinema getting remade, and a new film translation is on the way.
Sometimes what you watch is largely dictated by the mood you're in. To that end, we're ready to suggest some films for when...(insert a situation here). In this edition, we tackle Indian Summer, a film for when you just want to go back to summer camp.
Jerry Lewis, at 90, has come out retirement for the upcoming film, Max Rose. With Lewis' return to the silver screen, we thought we'd take a look at the artist and some of his past works.
The 2017 Call for Entries has officially gone out. If you're still looking for reasons to submit your film, we put some together for you with corresponding cat GIFs. Take a look and then submit your film (if you haven't already!).