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BOSTON JEWISH FILM ANNOUNCES FILM LINEUP FOR 2019 FESTIVAL

31st Anniversary Festival Runs Throughout Greater Boston November 6-17

WEST NEWTON, MA (October 15, 2019) – Boston Jewish Film is excited to announce the official selections for its annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, showcasing a varied selection of films that explore personal identity, history, the environment, empowerment of women, legal advocacy, and more.

The 31st annual festival will feature 48 films at 12 venues throughout Greater Boston from November 6-17, 2019. With nearly 60 screenings and events, the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) is a destination to enjoy thought-provoking films and new media, and to join lively conversations with filmmakers.

The 2019 festival begins with an Opening Night screening of Safe Spaces, starring Justin Long (Dodgeball), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Kate Berlant (Sorry to Bother You). Other highlights include the MidFest screening of From Slavery to Freedom, as well as two short film series: the 9th Annual FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition and the Short Film Program: Beyond Expectations.

New this year, the Festival will feature a series of films with an “eye on the environment,” including a spotlight screening of Picture of His Life at a new venue for the Festival, the New England Aquarium’s Simon IMAX Theatre. In its second year, the TLV TV Binge will screen episodes of popular Israeli TV shows.

“Our 31st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival brings universal and timeless themes to the big screen, with an eye on what is affecting our world and our communities today. From exploring personal identities and the way they are shaped by — and sometimes despite — family and tradition, to focusing on the environment, this year’s festival gives space for people to deepen the conversations they may already be having around current issues and ideas,“ said Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, Artistic Director for Boston Jewish Film. “Our 2019 Festival is curated to bring meaningful film programs that will engage, excite, entertain, and inspire filmgoers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Here are the details on some of the featured screenings and events for the 2019 festival:

The Festival opens on Wednesday, November 6 with the Boston Premiere of Safe Spaces at the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 7 pm. In this coming of age comedy, Josh (Justin Long, Dodgeball) has a lot going on. His job as an adjunct writing professor is being threatened after a student accused him of being inappropriate in class. And his beloved grandmother (Lynn Cohen) is in the hospital, meaning his divorced parents (Fran Drescher, The Nanny, and Richard Schiff, The West Wing) and siblings (including Kate Berlant, Sorry to Bother You) need to all come together. This candid and often-humorous take on how we deal with modern crises, both unexpected and self-inflicted, is a testament to the importance of family — no matter how dysfunctional. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Actor Justin Long and Director Daniel Schechter.

On Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the MidFest Event features the New England Premiere of From Slavery to Freedom. This documentary (in Russian with subtitles) showcases the remarkable life of famous human rights activist, Natan Sharansky. In 1977, Sharansky was charged with spying for America, treason, and anti-Soviet agitation and was sentenced to 13 years of forced labor. No single person symbolizes the era more than he, a “Refusenik” who defied the entire Soviet system in his fight for freedom and national identification. The screening is followed by a conversation with Sharansky’s daughter, writer Rachel Sharansky Danziger, moderated by writer William Novak, who worked with Natan Sharansky on his memoir.

Developed for a young professional audience, the Festival’s 9th Annual FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition highlights the next generation of filmmakers on Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm at the Somerville Arts at the Armory. Filmgoers will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite film of the eight short films shown. The winner will receive a cash prize to go towards their next project.

The Short Film Program: Beyond Expectations features a series of international short films about the surprises and triumphs that can happen at any point in life’s journey. View these shorts on Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 pm at the Emerson Paramount Bright Family Screening Room.

On Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm at New England Aquarium’s Simon IMAX Theatre, the Festival will screen Picture of His Life in a special spotlight event. In an intimate story of dedication, sacrifice, and personal redemption, the film documents the ultimate challenge of 65-year-old Amos Nachoum, one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time: photographing a polar bear, up close, without any protection. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Director Dani Menkin.

The Festival’s Closing Night will feature the New England Premiere of The Rabbi Goes West on Sunday, November 17 at 7 pm at the Somerville Theatre. When Rabbi Chaim Bruk moved from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana, he left a large Chabad Hasidic community. In all of Montana there are just 2,000 Jewish families — and Rabbi Chaim is determined to put a mezuzah on each of their doorposts. While Rabbi Chaim builds his community, becoming beloved by his congregants, some of the state’s Jews believe he is a threat to the other denominations of Judaism. At the same time, threats of anti-Semitism, including from neo-Nazis, loom. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Rabbi Bruk and Directors Amy Geller and Gerald Peary.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place at 12 locations: The Capitol Theatre in Arlington, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Emerson Paramount Bright Family Screening Room, JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, NewBridge on the Charles, New England Aquarium, Foxboro Patriot Place, Somerville Arts at the Armory, Somerville Theatre, and West Newton Cinema.

Tickets for individual screenings can be purchased online at www.bostonjfilm.org, by phone at 888-615-3332 or in person at select box offices. Group sales and Festival passes are available online or by phone from the Boston Jewish Film office. For the full film schedule or for additional information, visit www.bostonjfilm.org.

About Boston Jewish Film

Boston Jewish Film offers the finest in film programming, education, and conversation to audiences across the Greater Boston community. Created in 1989 as the Boston Jewish Film Festival, it is now the largest film-based organization in New England, welcoming more than 15,000 attendees annually. From year-round premieres to its marquee Fall Festival – one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish film festivals in the world – the not-for-profit arts organization hosts screenings, multimedia presentations, live podcasts, music and dance performances, discussions with filmmakers, and ReelAbilities Boston — the city’s disability film festival. Boston Jewish Film invites the community to Go Beyond the Screen and celebrate the global Jewish experience.

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Boston Jewish Film Announces Susan K. Adler as New Executive Director

Susan K. Adler Executive Director

NEWTON, MA – February 20, 2019 – Boston Jewish Film is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Adler as the new Executive Director. Adler brings more than 20 years experience in leading nonprofits, extensive development work, and strategic planning to the organization. She previously held executive roles at Cradles to Crayons, Inc., The ALS Association, and the Utility Contractors’ Association of New England, Inc.

Adler’s background includes the development and management of many organization’s corporate and community relations along with philanthropic support and individual giving. In her latest role as Director of Corporate Relations at Cradles to Crayons, she was responsible for leading the corporate development strategy, managing fundraising, developing community relations, expanding business partnerships, and executing special events to increase revenue goals.

“I am excited to be joining an organization that brings together communities and combines my passion for film and culture. Having worked with both national and local organizations in my career, I was happy to find a position at a growing Boston organization that truly brings people together to be, engaged, educated, and entertained” said Adler.

Board President, Taren Metson said, “We are thrilled to have someone with Susan’s impressive background join Boston Jewish Film. Her notable track record of leading nonprofits and cultivating relationships with the community and will continue to lead Boston Jewish Film through its next stage of dramatic growth and expansion.”

“In my role as the Executive Director of New England’s largest film-based organization, I look forward to expanding the reach and mission of Boston Jewish Film as a year-round film and media organization. As we recently saw with the first Boston Israeli Film Festival earlier this month, we successfully engaged a new audience in the community which resulted in stellar attendance and multiple sold out events,” said Adler.

Adler’s family has strong roots and close ties to the Brookline community. She then moved to Sharon to raise her family and now resides in the Metrowest area.

Boston Jewish Film also announces the following board changes effective in 2019:

Taren Metson, Board President

Barbara Resnek, Past President

Doreen Beinart, Vice President

Lee K. Forgosh, Vice President

Dana Volman, Vice President      

About Boston Jewish Film

Boston Jewish Film offers the finest in film programming, education, and conversation to audiences across the Greater Boston community. Created in 1989 as the Boston Jewish Film Festival, it is now the largest film-based organization in New England, welcoming more than 15,000 attendees annually. From year-round premieres to its marquee Fall Festival – one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish film festivals in the world – the not-for-profit arts organization hosts screenings, discussions with filmmakers, multi-media presentations, live podcasts, music and dance performances, and ReelAbilities Boston — the city’s disability film festival. Boston Jewish Film invites the community to Go Beyond the Screen and celebrate the global Jewish experience. www.bostonjfilm.org



Boston Jewish Film Announces 2018 Audience Awards

The 30th Annual Festival Announces Winners from Around the Globe

NEWTON, MA – November 29, 2018 – The Boston Jewish Film Festival has announced the official Audience Award Winners for the 30th annual film festival.

The winners were voted on by the Boston Jewish Film Festival attendees and selected from thirty-one feature length films and twelve short films that screened during November 7-19, 2018 at theaters in and around Boston:

Best Feature: Promise at Dawn, Director Éric Barbier (France)

Best Documentary: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, Director Samuel D. Pollard (USA)

FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition Winner: The Double Date, Directors Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman (Canada)

Promise at Dawn Audiences were captivated and moved by Promise at Dawn, which won the Best Feature Award. Promise at Dawn is a drama about French writer Romain Gary’s extraordinary life. Based on Gary’s autobiographical novel, the film’s sweeping narrative takes Gary through his early years in Poland, his adolescence in Nice, his student years in Paris, and his pilot training during WWII.

Director Éric Barbier said, “The prize awarded by an audience is always very important for the directors. I am so touched that the audience was sensitive to this moving story, which concerns us and haunts us all; how dreams guide us or how they deceive us. But also why you should never give up.”

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me was voted Best Documentary and took the audience on a journey throughout Sammy Davis, Jr.’s legendary career as Davis strove for the American Dream despite the odds of racial prejudice. Audiences saw electrifying performance excerpts, never-before-seen photographs, and interviews which took them through the highs and lows of his amazing career and witnessed his impact on American culture.

Director Samuel D. Pollard, who attended the Festival and participated in a conversation after the screening on Opening Night said, “It is fantastic to receive the award. What an honor to be recognized by the Boston Jewish Film Festival. A heartfelt thank you.”

The annual FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition celebrates the next generation of filmmakers. This year’s program included short films from Israel, USA, and Canada. The winner of the FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition, The Double Date, tells the story of a blind date with the perfect woman, Chaya (Mayim Bialik), which quickly becomes a battle of nebbish proportions. The film comes to us from two directors, Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, creators of the comedy web series YidLife Crisis.

Director Eli Batalion said, “It was dayenu just to be included in the FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition, but to win? A mekhaye!”

The Boston Jewish Film Festival is a program of Boston Jewish Film. Visit www.bostonjfilm.org for upcoming screenings and events.

About Boston Jewish Film

Boston Jewish Film offers the finest in film programming, education, and conversation to audiences across the Greater Boston community. Created in 1989 as the Boston Jewish Film Festival, it is now the largest film-based organization in New England, welcoming more than 15,000 attendees annually. From year-round premieres to its marquee Fall Festival – one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish film festivals in the world – the not-for-profit arts organization hosts screenings, multimedia presentations, live podcasts, music and dance performances, discussions with filmmakers, and ReelAbilities Boston — the city’s disability film festival. Boston Jewish Film invites the community to Go Beyond the Screen and celebrate the global Jewish experience.



Boston Jewish Film Unveils Lineup for 2018 Festival

Tickets Now on Sale for 30th Anniversary Festival Running November 7-19

NEWTON, MA – September 27, 2018 – Boston Jewish Film is excited to announce the official selections for its annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, showcasing a wide array of films that explore intriguing themes, including music, women in film, intimate first-person narratives, cross-cultural identities, and more.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will feature 41 films at 12 venues throughout Greater Boston from November 7-19, 2018. With more than 60 screenings and events, the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) is a destination to view thought-provoking films and new media, and to join lively conversations with filmmakers.

The 2018 festival kicks off with an Opening Night screening of Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me. Other highlights on the big screen include the MidFest screening of The City Without Jews, (a recently restored silent film screening with musical accompaniment), as well as two short film series: the 8th Annual FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition and the Find Your Tribe Short Film Program. New this year, the Festival will feature a TLV TV Binge, screening several episodes of popular Israeli TV shows. The festival draws people of all ages, with BJFF Jr.! presenting An American Tail for young families and the new Teen Screen program Almost Famous.

“Our 30th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival delves into many of the profound themes we’ve been exploring throughout the years, as well as newly relevant ideas. And, this year’s festival enriches the conversation around identity and community with new media and new programs,“ said Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, Artistic Director for Boston Jewish Film. “For the first time, we are bringing an all-day binge of hot Israeli television shows, as well as a new program for teens. The 2018 Festival is the place for rich and varied film programs that will entertain, challenge, and inspire filmgoers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Here are the details on some of the featured screenings and events for the 2018 festival:

The Festival opens on Wednesday, November 7 with the Boston Premiere of Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve GottaBe Me at the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 7 pm. With electrifying performance excerpts, never-before-seen photographs, and interviews with renowned performers, this award-winning documentary explores the life of this extraordinary artist, and his success in the face of both racial prejudice and his decision to convert to Judaism. This Opening Night event begins with a live musical performance with local artists and concludes with a conversation featuring director Samuel D. Pollard.

On Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the MidFest Event features a silent  film with English intertitles, The City Without Jews, accompanied by live musical from composer and performer Jeff Rapsis.The 1924 film begins with the election of an anti-Semitic chancellor who exiles all his city’s Jews. With the Jews gone, the city’s economy declines, inflation becomes rampant, and cultural life disappears, leaving the government to decide whether to save the city or stand by its anti-Semitic legislation.

Created for a young professional audience, the Festival’s 8th Annual FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition celebrates the next generation of filmmakers on Thursday November 8 at 7:00 pm at the Somerville Theatre.

The Find Your Tribe Short Film Program features a series of international short films, focusing on people searching for community, sometimes in the unlikeliest of places. See these shorts on Saturday, November 17 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts.

For children and families, BJFF Jr.! presents An American Tail, on Sunday, November 11 at 12:00 pm at the JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater. Steven Spielberg’s first animated production follows the fun adventures of a young Russian mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz, separated from his family when he arrives in America.

With a Massachusetts Premiere, the Festival’s new Teen Screen program brings Almost Famous to the West Newton Cinema on Sunday, November 18, 6:15 pm. This Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, raises the question of how far Shir, a high school student, will go to woo the attention of the popular crowd.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Festival’s Closing Night film. The festival ends on Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm at the Somerville Theatre with a special preview screening that will be posted on the Boston Jewish Film website on October 19.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place at 12 locations: The Capitol Theatre in Arlington, Brattle Theatre, The Center for the Arts in Natick, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art, JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Maynard Fine Arts Theatre Place, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, NewBridge on the Charles, Foxboro Patriot Place, Somerville Theatre, and West Newton Cinema.

Tickets for individual screenings can be purchased online at www.bostonjfilm.org, by phone at 888-615-3332 or in person at select box offices. Group sales and Festival passes are available online or by phone from the Boston Jewish Film office. For the full film schedule or for additional information, visit www.bostonjfilm.org.

About Boston Jewish Film

Boston Jewish Film offers the finest in film programming, education, and conversation to audiences across the Greater Boston community. Created in 1989 as the Boston Jewish Film Festival, it is now the largest film-based organization in New England, welcoming more than 15,000 attendees annually. From year-round premieres to its marquee Fall Festival – one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish film festivals in the world – the not-for-profit arts organization hosts screenings, multimedia presentations, live podcasts, music and dance performances, discussions with filmmakers, and ReelAbilities Boston — the city’s disability film festival. Boston Jewish Film invites the community to Go Beyond the Screen and celebrate the global Jewish experience.



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WCVB 5 for Good – April 11, 2019

5 for Good: ReelAbilties Boston highlights films featuring people with different abilities

Former WNBA All-Star featured at film festival, promotes inclusion, empathy Mind Game

A three-time NCAA champion, six-time WNBA All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist, Chamique Holdsclaw was born to play basketball. But she was destined for something else, too.

“Sports gave me a platform, and this is what I was supposed to be doing,” Holdsclaw said.

Holdsclaw is now sharing her story and working as a mental health advocate. In the film Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, she reveals her most brilliant highs and darkest lows.



The Times of Israel – November 17, 2018

The devil went down to Harlem — to team up with a Jewish harmonica player

Satan and AdamAlthough racial tensions dominated headlines in late-20th century New York, an unlikely musical duo by the name of Satan & Adam offered a different glimpse of America’s great melting pot.

The duo paired veteran African-American blues guitarist Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee — who had once played with such stars as James Brown and Etta James — with young half-Jewish white harmonica player Adam Gussow.




Boston.com – November 8, 2018

How the Boston Jewish Film Festival can be a place for healing amid tragedy

To Dust

The 30th edition of the Boston Jewish Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night and runs through Nov. 19, bringing together dozens of films that reflect varied perspectives on the Jewish experience. It’s a time to celebrate for the festival, which over the years has expanded from two days’ to two weeks’ worth of films, and also now offers programming year-round.


Jobs/Internships

Boston Jewish Film is located in West Newton, MA

Do you share our passion for independent film? Are you ready to use your skills and experience to increase our impact in the community? Boston Jewish Film offers the finest in film programming, education, and conversation to audiences across the Greater Boston community. Created in 1989 as The Boston Jewish Film Festival, we are now the largest film-based organization in New England, welcoming more than 15,000 annually. From year-round premieres and events to our marquee Fall Festival, we host screenings, multi-media presentations, live podcasts, music and dance performances, discussions with filmmakers, and ReelAbilities Boston—our city’s disability film festival. Boston Jewish Film invites you to celebrate the global Jewish experience and Go Beyond the Screen. We are located a short walk from the West Newton commuter rail station, as well as MBTA bus #553 and #554. Free parking!

To apply for a job or internship, please send your resume and a cover letter to info [@] bostonjfilm.org. No phone calls please. Boston Jewish Film follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or cognitive disability, veteran status, or marital status.

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INTERNSHIPS

Boston Jewish Film is the largest film-based organization in New England. Over 15,000 people attend our events year-round, including our annual fall Festival each November. Boston Jewish Film has several unpaid internship positions available throughout the year. We have openings in the following areas:

  • Development
  • Festival Research & Administration
  • Marketing & Graphic Design

We are looking for interns with a passion for film or arts administration/marketing, who want to learn first-hand how film festivals work. Interns typically work two days (8-10 hours) per week in a lively, fast-paced environment.

Development Intern

We are seeking a highly-motivated individual who is interested in arts and culture fundraising and gaining experience in Development Administration. Reporting to the Development Officer, this role will be focused on data entry and prospect research to support the cultivation, solicitation and stewarding of existing donors, and managing data within the organization’s CRM Salesforce system. Estimated numbers of hours is between 10-20, which may fluctuate, increasing in the summer and fall.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support and execute processes regarding acknowledgements, recognition and continued stewardship of donors
  • Produce research profiles for donor prospects and current donors
  • Assist with mailings of marketing materials, cultivation and stewardship materials for donors
  • Attend festival screenings, and represent the organization at events, accompanied by Boston Jewish Film staff

Qualifications:

  • Current college student, or college graduate
  • Must be a fluent English speaker
  • Able to self-prioritize, and work independently and as part of a small office team
  • Availability for meetings and events on some evenings and weekends
  • Professional demeanor, impeccable oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with donor databases. SalesForce experience a plus
  • Passion for the mission of Boston Jewish Film. Arts interest experience a plus. Jewish background not required
  • Special consideration for someone with previous experience in non-profit fundraising, business development, or a similar field
  • Valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation preferred

Festival Research & Administration Intern

Help us choose the films for one of New England’s largest film festivals! Boston Jewish Film is seeking interns to help us seek out new films. Working side-by-side with the Artistic Director, you will:

  • Research new films
  • Contact directors, producers, and distributors to obtain screening links
  • Pre-screen films and prepare screening notes
  • Organize and maintain the online film library

Marketing & Graphic Design Intern

Help us expand the audience for Boston Jewish Film! Working side-by-side with the Director of Marketing you will:

  • Create and send weekly e-newsletters
  • Update the Boston Jewish Film website
  • Promote our events and engage with our filmgoers on our social media platforms
  • Manage calendar listings for all events
  • Assist in creating and designing printed flyers, signage, and online marketing collateral
  • Assist with public relations outreach as needed

Staff & Board

Boston Jewish Film Staff & Board

Boston Jewish Film Staff
Executive Director Susan Adler
Artistic Director Ariana Cohen-Halberstam
Director of Production Nysselle Clark
Marketing & Communications Manager Joyce Bettencourt
Development Assistant Kim Shendell
Program Associate Joey Katz
Accounting & Office Manager Ann Bersani
ReelAbilities Film Festival Director Katka Reszke

Festival Production Contributors
Print Traffic/Technical Directors Laurann Lento Black and Wesley Hicks
Web Tech Support Rajiv Manglani
Web Maintenance Bouvier Consulting

Boston Jewish Film Board of Directors
Taren Metson, President
Doreen Beinart, Vice President
Dana Volman, Vice President
Jill Greenberg, Treasurer
Ken Shulman, Clerk
Debra Ankeles
Beverly Bavly
Abigail Cable
Jill Cohen
Carol Epstein
Lawrence S. Feinberg
Judith L. Ganz
Nancy L. Gossels
Jim Gould
Sari Korman
Judy Lappin
Bette Ann Libby
Mark Lowenstein
Cynthia Marcus
Joyce F. Pastor
Nancy S. Raphael
Barbara Resnek
Paul G. Roberts
Denise Widman
Lisa Resnek Wyett

Boston Jewish Film Honorary Committee
Doug BlockDoug Block
Doug Block is a documentary filmmaker based in New York City. His work includes the critically acclaimed HBO film, 112 Weddings (2014), and 51 Birch Street (2005). Recently, he started a podcast, The D-Word, which focuses on art and social impact of documentary film.

Kevin BrightKevin Bright
Kevin Bright is one of the creators of the Emmy award-winning TV series, Friends (1994-2004) and the founding Director of Emerson College, Los Angeles. An Emerson alumnus himself, Bright  has served in a variety of roles at Emerson including professor and a Board of Trustees member.

Robert BrusteinRobert Brustein
Robert Brustein is a theater critic, playwright, and educator. He is the founder of the Yale Repertory Theater and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Brustein is the recipient of many honors and awards including the National Medal of Arts presented by President Barack Obama. Over the course of his career, he has written and adapted several plays and has authored sixteen books on theater and society.

Lisa GosselsLisa Gossels
Lisa Gossels is an Emmy-award winning documentarian. Her films Children of Chabannes (1999) and My So-Called Enemy (2010) have screened in over 100 film festivals and earned twenty awards and honors. She is currently on the Steering Committee of New Day Films, a distribution company that focuses on films in the educational and institutional markets.

Barbara Wallace GrossmanBarbara Grossman
Barbara Wallace Grossman is a theatre historian, director, educator, and author. Professor of Drama at Tufts University, she has been Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council as a gubernatorial appointee since 2007. In 2016 she received the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Memorial Award for Inspired Support of the Arts in Boston.

Alice HoffmanAlice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman is a best-selling novelist. Her young adult novel, Practical Magic (1995), was adapted into the 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Over the course of her career, she has written and published thirty novels and short stories.

Wendy KoutWendy Kout
Wendy Kout is a writer and producer for theatre, film, and television. Her credits include writing for Mork and Mindy, creating and co-executive producing the hit TV show, Anything but Love, creating the romantic comedy film, Dorfman in Love, and creating the award-winning play, We Are the Levinsons.

Jackie LiebergottJackie Liebergott
Jackie Liebergott is a retired professor, dean and the first female President of Emerson College. Appointed in 1993, she oversaw the strategic move from Back Bay to the historic Boston Theatre District, which resulted in unprecedented growth for the college.

Joni LevinJoni Levin
Joni Levin is an Emmy award-winning film and television producer. She produced the recent adaptation of
Ben-Hur, as well as the Oscar-nominated film The Way Back. She received an Emmy Award for the TV mini-series When The Lion Roars about the history of MGM.

Joan NathanJoan Nathan
Joan Nathan is dedicated to preserving Jewish culture by documenting its cuisine. Her ten cookbooks include Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, were both recipients of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook. She later produced and hosted the PBS series Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan. Joan is a regular contributor to The New York Times.

Robert SageRobert Sage
Robert Sage is a businessman, entrepreneur, and founder of the Sage Hotel Corporation. The recipient of several industry awards, he founded the Back Bay Hilton and has served as the national director of the American Hotel & Motel Association

Jenny SlateJenny Slate
Jenny Slate is an actress, stand-up comedian, and the NY Times best-selling author of the children’s book “Marcel The Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me.” In 2014, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Female Lead” and won a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” on behalf of her performance in “Obvious Child.” She voiced the character of “Bellwether” in Disney’s Academy Award winning film “Zootopia,” as well as “Gidget” in “The Secret Life of Pets.” Her television credits include “Girls,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Saturday Night Live,” and her films include “Obvious Child,” “Gifted,” and “Landline.” She recently finished filming “Hotel Artemis” opposite Jodie Foster, and is currently filming the Marvel movie “Venom” with Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams.  Jenny is a graduate of Columbia University.

Nancy SpielbergNancy Spielberg
Nancy Spielberg is a film producer. Over the course of her varied career she has overseen productions of some of the most widely acclaimed Jewish documentaries including On the Map and Above and Beyond. Her upcoming documentary, Who Will Write Our History?, reveals recently-discovered documents from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Ron SuskindRon Suskind
Ron Suskind is an award-winning journalist and author. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, Ron is the former national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal and author of the memoir Life, Animated, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Ed Symkus Ed Symkus
Ed Symkus has been reviewing films and writing about the arts since 1975. A Boston-based Emerson College graduate, he was a film critic for
The Boston Phoenix, and is currently a contributor to The Boston Globe and GateHouse Media, as well as a radio host.

Boston Jewish Film Festival Founder
Michal Goldman

Boston Jewish Film Festival Artistic Director Emerita
Sara L. Rubin

Supporters

Presenting Sponsors


Major Sponsors


With Gratitude to Our Supporting Foundations

The Barbara Epstein Foundation, Cummings Foundation, Dorot Foundation, The Joseph & Rae Gann, Charitable Foundation, Kann Family Philanthropic Fund, The Klarman Family Foundation


SUSTAINERS

The following people answered Boston Jewish Film’s call for support during these unprecedented times: Debra Ankeles & Robert Freedman, Beverly & Donald Bavly, Doreen Beinart & Robert Brustein, Joan Brooks & Jim Garrels, Judy & Jonathan Chiel, Jill Cohen & Michael Savit, Jone & Allen Dalezman, Beverly & Lawrence Feinberg, Lee & Jeffrey Forgosh, Brenda & Harvey Freishtat, Judith Ganz & Lawrence Gray, Nancy Gossels, Paula & James Gould, Phyllis Hammer, Lela & Norman Jacoby, Judy & Richard Lappin, Cynthia & William Marcus, Taren & Ralph Metson, Joyce & Bruce Pastor, Nancy Raphael, Barbara & Frank Resnek, Annette & Paul Roberts, Linda & Harold Schwartz, Dana & Josef Volman.

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS

Executive Producer

Beverly & Donald Bavly
Doreen Beinart & Robert Brustein
Nancy Gossels
Judith Ganz & Lawrence Gray
Paula & James Gould
Judy & Richard Lappin
Cynthia & William Marcus
Taren & Ralph Metson
Nancy S. Raphael
Adam Riemer
Barbara & Frank Resnek
Richard & Rosalyn Slifka
Dana & Josef Volman


Producer

Rita & Lenny Adelson
Debra Ankeles & Robert Freedman
Sara & Leonard Aronson
Brad & Terrie Bloom
Joan Brooks & Jim Garrels
Lawrence & Beverly Feinberg
Brenda & Harvey Frieshstat
Joan Brooks & James Garrels
Roberta & Irwin Chafetz
Lee & Jeffrey Forgosh
Lela & Norman Jacoby
Joyce & Bruce Pastor
Lisa Resnek Wyett & Chris Wyett
Annette & Paul Roberts
Ariella & Bruce Rosengard
Wendy Traynor
Arthur Winn
Deanna & Sidney Wolk
Denise Widman & Allan Lauer


Director 

Jill Cohen & Michael Savit
Claudia Davidoff & Joseph Kahan
Brenda & Harvey Freishtat
Phyllis Hammer
Alex Sagan & Julie Altman
Gerald & Susan Slavet
Toni & Robert Strassler
Arnee R. & Walter A. Winshall


Star

Cheryl & Larry Franklin
Jeff & Ellen Kaplan
Ariela & Dana Katz
Bette Ann Libby & David Begelfer
Fran Perler


Cinematographer

Marla Choslovsky & Paul Greenberg
Rachel & Brent Dibner
Jay & Barbara Gainsboro
Toby Grandberg
Karen & Matthew Levy
Ken Shulman
Naomi & Jeffrey Stonberg


Screenwriter 

Georgette & Sol Boucai
Andrew Cable
Mickey Cail
Judy & Jonathan Chiel
Louise Citron
Marilyn & André Danesh
Victoria Dworkin
Beatrice & Melvin Fraiman
Rita Freudberg
Ronnie Fuchs & Samuel Rabison
Annette Furst & Jim Miller
Jennifer & David Gorman
Jill Greenberg
Suzanne Greenberg
Helaine Hartman
Susan & Frederic Jacobs
Karen & Allen Kaplan
Wendy & Daniel Kraft
Tammy & Steve Kumin
Marcia & Alan Leifer
Barbara & Frank Litwin
Mark Lowenstein & Jenn Meader
Alan Meltzer
Beth & Michael Moskowitz
Suzanne Priebatsch
Frances & Donald Putnoi
Sari Rapkin
Shulamit & Jehuda Reinharz
Gloria Rose
Linda & Harold Schwartz
Michael & Jessie Schwartz
Issie Shait
Rosalie & James Shane
Sharon & Rony Shapiro
Susan & James Snider
Myra & Robert Snyder
Nancy Swartz
Lisbeth Tarlow & Stephen Kay


Media Partners

Events

Join Boston Jewish Film throughout the year for film screenings, discussions, and events!


Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

A 12-day festival each November showcasing the best contemporary films from around the world on Jewish themes, accompanied by visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, musical events, and more!

The 33rd annual Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place in November 2021.

FreshFlix Program at the Boston Jewish Film FestivalFreshFlix Film Discussion

Join fellow young professionals for films, parties, and special events that celebrate new voices in Jewish film. Get involved in our Annual Short Film Competition – where you choose the winners! Watch incredible short films and then toast to the new wave of young filmmakers at the annual after-party.

Interested in becoming a FreshFlix ambassador? Contact us at info [at] bostonjfilm.org for more information.

Boston Jewish Film 360

Foxtrot Boston Jewish Film Festival

This program is home to our year-round film screenings including special sneak previews and curated series. Boston Jewish Film 360 extends the spirit of our November Festival through the entire year. If there’s a new Jewish-themed film opening in the Boston area, we want you to know about it! Often, we’ll present a special advance screening, sometimes with a visiting filmmaker or actor. Other times, we’re able to offer members free tickets to a word-of-mouth screening at a local theater. These screenings are your chance to see the film before anyone else does. Click here to see up-and-coming events.

Boston Jewish Film Studio

Boston Jewish Film Studio

At Boston Jewish Film, we believe that stories can change lives. With Boston Jewish FilmStudio, our youth outreach program, we bring our films, teachers, and filmmakers to local schools and community centers. Through screenings, discussions, and hands-on filmmaking courses, our students Go Beyond the Screen. They discover other cultures, learn to read the language of film, and master the scripting, camera, and editing skills that enable them to tell their own stories on screen. Click here to learn more.

Special Events

The spring and fall galas events are your opportunity to join us for an elegant dinner and a unique film experience. Check out all our Special Events here.

ReelAbilities Boston

Boston Jewish Film is proud to host ReelAbilities Boston, a groundbreaking film festival that strives for the inclusion of all people and is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Founded in 2007 in New York City, ReelAbilities Boston launched in 2012. Each spring, ReelAbilities Boston brings together audiences of individuals with and without disabilities to engage with filmmakers and each other.

Co-presentations

Boston Jewish Film is proud to work with other film festivals throughout the year to bring quality films to the Boston area. Some of our recent and ongoing partners include the Boston French Film Festival, the Wicked Queer, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the National Center for Jewish Film, the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the Roxbury International Film Festival, and many more.

Press Information

Working press looking to connect with festival staff, filmmakers or filmmaker materials, please contact:

Elizabeth Heller
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Boston Jewish Film Festival, Inc.
1001 Watertown Street
West Newton, MA 02465
Telephone: 617-244-9899 x210
Fax: 617-244-9894
eheller@bjff.org

Volunteer

Boston Jewish Film offers a number of volunteer opportunities for both our annual fall Festival and our year-round activities.

  • Usher at films
  • Distribute brochures, flyers, and posters
  • Assist with marketing
  • Visiting artist transportation
  • …and more!

Benefits:

  • Receive vouchers for film screenings
  • Attend parties
  • Meet industry professionals and filmmakers
  • …and more!

If you have additional questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact us at info [at] bostonjfilm.org and provide a brief resume, areas of interest, and availability.

Sponsorship

Since 1988, Boston Jewish Film has presented the best contemporary independent films from around the world.

Each November, over 10,000 people attend our 12-day Boston Jewish Film Festival, where 50 films from around the world entertain filmgoers at cinemas across Greater Boston. Visiting filmmakers, musicians, comedians, and local experts create a unique opportunity for intellectual discussion and live entertainment.

The Festival receives extensive coverage both online and in print in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The Forward, Where Magazine: Boston, The Improper Bostonian, JewishBoston.com, and on radio and television.

According to our annual survey, 86% of our film attendees visit our website (www.bostonjfilm.org) to view the film schedule, purchase tickets, and check Festival news. Our site gets over 20,000 visitors during the peak months of October and November.

Our filmgoers are well-educated and affluent:

  • 78% female
  • Almost two-thirds have a Master’s degree or above
  • Top professional areas: education, health care, and technology

In addition to visibility within this desirable demographic, sponsorship of Boston Jewish Film  connects your organization with one of the highest-quality cultural events in the Greater Boston area.  Our partners demonstrate their commitment to the community by associating themselves with our well-known mission and values.

Please contact Susan Adler, Executive Director sadler [at] bostonjfilm.org or 617.244.9899, x222, for more information about our sponsorship packages.