AJFF Announces 2018 Opening and Closing Night Films


The full lineup for the 2018 AJFF will be unveiled on January 5 and we can't wait for you to see everything in store for this year! But, as in years past, we've got something extra special planned for our Opening, Closing, and Young Professionals Nights. We thought we'd fill you in a little early on these films.

Opening Night (Wednesday, January 24)

The festival will kick off on Wednesday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. with a special screening of Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, a rousing tribute to the iconic song-and-dance man in all of his complexities and contradictions. The documentary captures the nimble talent and high-wire act tension that typified the performer’s life, utilizing electrifying performance excerpts, never-before-seen photographs, and star-studded interviews with Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Kim Novak, and many more who knew Davis and worked with him. Stick around after the film for a post-film discussion with award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard. 

Closing Night (Thursday, February 15)

The 2018 AJFF will close with a screening of The Last Suit on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. The film follows the story of an 88-year-old Jewish tailor who leaves his home in Argentina for Poland, hoping to find the man who saved him from certain death during the Holocaust. It is a reminder of the enduring importance of family, friends, and keeping your word. The film will be followed by a discussion with writer and director Pablo Solarz, and a dessert reception at 9:00 p.m. 

Young Professionals Night, Presented by ACCESS (Saturday, February 3)

On Saturday, February 3, AJFF will welcome younger audiences to their Young Professionals Night, presented by ACCESS, for a screening of The Boy Downstairs at 8:30 p.m. Director Sophie Brooks’ first feature film provides a fresh take on an oft-told girl-meets-boy story, offering a lightly comic and deeply touching contemplation of modern relationships, life choices, and the price of independence. The night begins with a party at 7:00 p.m. 

In Case You Missed It...

Take a look at our sneak peek of some other films that will be a part of the festival this year. Stay tuned for the full lineup reveal on January 5!