Get Read for the 2012 Columbus Jewish Film Festival


Columbus Jewish Film Festival

If you’re a movie buff, don’t miss the Columbus Jewish Film Festival.  If you’ve never attended this event, you’re missing out on something unmatched in Columbus. It will run from November 4-18. This year two additional days and two films were added to the usual lineup.

Recently, I met with Emily Schuss, Festival Chairperson, and Co-Chairs Linda Katz and Carole Genshaft. (Co-Chair June Frankel was not available.) They talked about the lineup of movies, special events and new programs. The films come from all over the world including: Israel, Germany, Austria, Canada, France and the U.S.

A matinee with two films has been added on Wednesday, November 14. There will be two short subjects, and a movie treat will be included. This would be ideal for seniors or anyone who has their afternoons free.

The film festival doesn’t only bring films to Columbus. After the showing of three films, there will be a Q&A session with either a director, producer, or subject/actor.

Columbus Co-chair Linda Katz said, “Our films are all so wonderful this year, that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have. It’s our opening night feature titled ‘My Best Enemy,’ and it’s filled with suspense, comedy, drama, and more.”

“There will be an elegant, champagne dessert reception afterwards at Columbus Museum of Art,” added Genshaft.

All three women are excited about Doc Sunday. If you’ve attended the film festival before, you know this is a day of nothing but documentaries.

One documentary is called “Silent Sunday.” It focuses on the reporter, Phil Jacobs, who uncovered a provocative story about an Orthodox rabbi. “He is one of the people we’re bringing in for a Q and A,” said Schuss.

Barrel Night will be one of the delicious events tied in with the French film, “The Day I Saw your Heart.” People will first have dinner at Barrel 44 on Main Street, and then go on to see the movie at the Drexel Theater.

Closing night will leave you with a good impression, so you’re sure to come back next year. Two outstanding movies, and an Israeli dinner will be featured.

“David” is about a lonely Muslim boy living in New York, who befriends some Yeshiva students. The director, Joel Fendelman, will answer questions after the movie

The final movie,  “Hava Nagila,” (The Movie) will answer many questions about this famous song.  It will travel all over the world and features some performances of the song.  “This movie is a great way to close on an upbeat note,” said Genshaft.

A reel pass at $110  will get you 12 films, two receptions, and a dinner. General admission is $10;  $8  for a senior, student, or JCC member.

For more detailed information about the movies, events, and celebrations, go to  http://www.cjfilmfest.org.

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