The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, a program of The Cultural Arts Department at The Levine Jewish Community Center, is pleased to announce the lineup for its exciting 15th season that will take place February 9–March 3.

A big thank you to Screening Co-Chairs Judy Laxer and Jeff Turk and Screening Committee members Stephanie Bensinger, Charlie Gale, Bob Ecker, Linda Hindel, Judy Kaller, Andrew Kapustin, Dana Kapustin, Eric Laxer, Ross Levin, Michael Lieberman, Gale Osborne, Marcia Stern, and Gail Vogel for putting together a diverse and interesting 13 film slate.

The All Festival Pass will be available for $110 ($183 value) through January 15 and $140 starting on January 16. All Festival Passes, as well as tickets to individual films, can now all be purchased at the LJCC Customer Service Desk, by calling 704-366-5007, or by visiting charlottejewishfilm.com.

Here are a few highlights of our exciting 15th season.  For more info, please see the enclosed quad fold:

Opening Night Celebration – Saturday, February 9 – 7:15 PM at Temple Israel ($25)

Our Opening Night film, The Last Suit, follows a Polish born Holocaust survivor who decides to travel from Buenos Aires to Lodz to find the man who saved him from certain death and fulfill a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier, and will be followed by a celebratory reception, with tasty treats by Serafina Catering.

Sunday, February 10 – 7:15 PM at Temple Israel ($11)

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. We are very excited to bring Writer/Director Daniel A. Miller and baseball player Josh Zied to Charlotte for a Q & A discussion after the film.

Wednesday, February 13 – 7:15 PM at Temple Israel ($11)

In the adorable 14 minute short Wendy’s Shabbat, a lively group of Jewish senior citizens observe Shabbat at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant, with Hebrew blessings, along with burgers and fries. Restoring Tomorrow shows how in these divided times, religious institutions are losing young members and even closing their doors at an alarming rate. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure near demise, needs to raise millions to restore its majesty and vibrancy.  Writer, director and star Aaron Wolf will be with us to tell his story in person.

Sunday, February 24 – 2 PM at Regal Ballantyne ($11)

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his son with special needs. Their relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, sheds light on the importance of human connection and if life is even possible without it. Jewish Family Services will be with us for a panel discussion after the film.

Wednesday, February 27– 7:15 PM at Regal Ballantyne ($11)

The Twinning Reaction examines the profound result of a tragically failed research experiment in the 1960s, which involved the separation of identical twins and triplets during infancy in a misguided attempt to understand. We are thrilled to welcome Producer/Director Lori Shinseki as our special guest.

Closing Celebration – Sunday, March 3 – 7:15 PM at Regal Ballantyne ($15)

 

A film of the stage production of the acclaimed Broadway show Golda’s Balcony, starring Tovah Feldshuh, this amazing story follows the life of Golda Meir, from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher, to a leader of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. David Fishelson, who produced the Broadway show and the film, is scheduled to appear, and there will be a special dessert reception after the film.

We are very excited about our 15th CJFF season; a special thank you goes out to our Community Partners, our Corporate Partners, our Patrons, our hard working volunteers and our loyal audience members for making the CJFF a wonderful community event that is not to be missed.  Please think of some new friends or family that you can invite to the film festival this year. See you at the movies.

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