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About The Shorts Program: Ever Forget?

INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNERS AND NEW DISCOVERIES
Curated by Warren Etheredge

Memory can be a blessing; it can also be a burden. For Jews, it's a preoccupation. Memories can be indelible, yet memory is our most fragile, capricious, and unreliable of faculties. After the Holocaust, "never forget" became a rallying cry. Sometimes, forgetting and recovering memories can be a cry for help or healing. In this curated series of seven shorts films (selected from over 112 entries), memories lost and found, real and virtual, experienced and adopted, chosen and imposed, fading and rehabilitated, are explored. The philosopher George Santayana famously said, "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it," but is there also a price for remembering?


Guest Bio

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Warren Etheredge, SJFF Short Film Curator, is the artistic director/co-founder at the Walla Walla Movie Crush shorts cinema festival and co-founder of TheFilmSchool. He is a frequent interviewer and cultural conversationalist moderating many SJCC spoken-word and chef talk programs.

Watch some of Warren's best interviews streaming in their entirety on our SJCC On Demand page (i.e., intrviews with Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigella Lawson, and more)

 

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NAZI VR

Director: David Freid
Country: Germany, USA
Language: German w/English subtitles
Running Time: 17m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary Short
About the Short: What may be the last WWII Nazi trial in Germany was also the first to use virtual reality in the courtroom.

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NO BAD ENDINGS

Director: Ziv Hermelin-Shadar
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 12m
Year: 2019
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: What happens when stubborn Holocaust survivor refuses to attend her kibbutz’s Holocaust Memorial Day?

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THE IRON GRANDMOTHER

Director: Emily Sheskin
Country: USA, Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtities
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary Short
About the Short: Orna Ben-Ami is a 65-year-old iron-welding artist and grandmother who dreams of making the world a better place for refugees worldwide with her art.

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TERROR

Original Title: Pigua, פיגואה
Director
: Yonatan Shehoah
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2018
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: Suffering from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, a butcher finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.

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LOST AND FOUND

Director: Ofer Winter, Shimon Engel 
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles 
Running Time: 4m
Year: 2019
Genre: Animated Short
About the Short: A young boy gets lost in a busy shopping mall, foreshadowing the story of his falling as a soldier in the Israel-Lebanon War of 1982.

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HOW TO SWIM

Original Title: Ech Leschot, לשוט אני
Director: Ofer Winter, Shimon Engel 
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles 
Running Time: 4m
Year: 2018
Genre: Narrative Short 
About the Short: Abigail is very pregnant, but something is missing. Terrified about the imminent birth, she kidnaps an unsuspecting stranger to comfort her for one afternoon.

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BUTTERFLIES

Original Title: Parparim, פרפרים
Director: Yona Rozenkier 
Country: France, Israel 
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2019
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: A family from an Israeli kibbutz takes their ailing patriarch on an impromptu ride, maybe his last, on a lazy Sunday in this warm and moving snapshot of the natural phenomenon and the ephemerality of memory.

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Film: THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE

Kick off your festival with a Jewish comfort food and sports film extravaganza!

At bat, a delicious spread of soul-filling, homemade Jewish comfort food set to the sizzling live klezmer sounds of The Klez Katz! paired with a film about Morris "Moe" Berg, an enigmatic Major League Jewish American catcher during baseball's Golden Age who was also spied for the U.S. on the Nazis' atomic bomb program. This home-run event covers all the bases and knocks it out of the park! Accompanied by Batdorf & Bronson coffee, Sholom kosher teas, and introducing Rubinstein Bagels (opening Spring 2020 downtown).

Enjoy music by the The Klez Katz! klezmer band 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

A special thank you to our new brunch sponsors Deb Brownstein of Mangia Bene Catering and her staff for a wonderful event and generous donation.


Tickets:

Special Event (Brunch + Film): $25 | $20
Film Only: $15 | $12

 

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Sunday, March 22 | 7:30-9:30 pm
Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom
By invitation + RSVP only

We invite our VIPs—generous sponsors, visiting filmmakers, and special guests including actor Elliott Gould—to join us at The Palace Ballroom, home of quintessential Tom Douglas Northwest flavor for a delicious cocktail party of heavy appetizers, wine, beer, coffee, desserts, and celebratory toasts.

By invitation only (non-transferrable): RSVP required by March 13 (space limited).

Please join us before the event for A TRIBUTE TO ELLIOTT GOULD, when we honor Academy Award nominated actor Elliot Gould with our REEL Difference Award and enjoy a retrospective of his work onscreen and in conversation (6pm @ AMC Pacific Place)

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Make a minimum gift of $500 to attend, $1800 to join the REEL Mensch Donor Tribute Circle:

Thank You VIP Party Sponsor:

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FILM: PICTURE OF HIS LIFE

Get decked out old-Hollywood style glamorous for our spectacular 25th anniversary silver soirée launch event. Kickoff the red carpet experience with happy hour and grab a photo booth moment and enjoy the tinsel town décor. After the film, join us for a reception of lite bites and desserts, refreshments, music, and more paparazzi moments as we kick off our milestone celebration in style.

6:00 PM Happy Hour (cash bar)
7:30 PM Intros + Film
Aprés Film Silver Soirée reception, hosted by Tom Douglas

About The Film 

World-renowned National Geographic wildlife, underwater photographer Amos Nachoum has one final dream: to photograph a polar bear while swimming underwater alongside it—a feat no one has every accomplkished.

Special Guests + Honorees

  • Martin Selig (attending) will accept SJFF's REAL Difference Award for a quarter century of support and encouragement
  • Filmmaker Dani Menkin (attending) will accept SJFF's REEL Difference Award and Golden OR (light in Hebrew) Juried Prize for Best Independent Fillm for PICTURE OF HIS LIFE)
  • Photographer and film subject Amos Nachoum (attending)
  • Read full bios on our guest page

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STG + SJFF Present a "Silent Movie Mondays: Special Edition"

FILM: THE ANCIENT LAW featuring an original live score performed by composer/world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals (a founding member of the Klezmatics) and celebrated composer/pianist Donald Sosin, with special guest clarinetist Laura DeLuca

About The Film

A silent precursor to THE JAZZ SINGER, this German film, directed by E.A. Dupont, tells the story of the son of an Orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl who breaks with family tradition and leaves to become an actor. The film will be accompanied by an original live score, performed by violinist/composer Alicia Svigals (a founding member of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics), pianist/composer Donald Sosin, and special guest clarinetist Laura de Luca from Music of Remembrance. Digitally restored film from the Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin). Live performance made possible by underwriting from the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

Following the film, join composers/musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin, and film scholar Cynthia Walk of the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts, for a CineClub community conversation in The Paramount Bar. 

Download this PDF with in-depth infomation about the film and score.

SJFF Pass + 8-Pack purchases are valid for the show. 8-Pack ticket(s) must be redeemed: by contacting us at boxoffice@sjcc.org or 206-388-0833, or at the SJFF box office day-of-show. Individual tickets are purchased through STG. Please note that additional fees apply to STG online purchases throug Ticketmaster, and are not charged when you visit STG in person. STG offices are a walkup service only and do not sell tickets by phone or have access to information on ticket availability by phone. FAQ can be found on STG website.  

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Violinist/composer Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. She has worked with violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Debbie Friedman and Chava Albershteyn. Svigals was awarded a Foundation for Jewish Culture commission for her original score to the 1918 film The Yellow Ticket, and is a MacDowell fellow.

 Sosin web Pianist/composer Donald Sosin is well known to Seattle audiences from his many performances at SIFF and Kenyon Hall. Since 1971, he has performed his scores for silent films (often with his wife, singer/lyricist/percussionist Joanna Seaton) at Lincoln Center, MoMA, BAM, the National Gallery; many college campuses including Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, and major film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Telluride, Hollywood, Pordenone, Bologna, Shanghai, Bangkok, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, and Jecheon, South Korea. His score for The Ancient Law, co-written with violinist Alicia Svigals, was released on DVD/BluRay in 2018 by Flicker Alley.
 DeLuca web Laura DeLuca joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986 following her education at Northwestern university where she studied with the celebrated clarinetist, Robert Marcellus. She is also a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players, a contemporary music ensemble formed in 1989 boasting nearly one hundred commissioned works. Music has been a passport to the world, performing in historic concert halls in Europe, Russia, China and South America. Closer to home, Laura regularly performs with Music of Remembrance, Icicle Creek series, and has soloed with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade and Rainier Symphonies.

 

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FILM: LATTER DAY JEW

About the Event: An evening of stand-up, cinema, and champagne. Join H. Alan Scott, a gay, ex-Mormon, cancer-surviving comedian on his journey preparing for his bar mitzvah on screen and onstage. Scott will perform a stand-up set and do Q&A after the film, followed by a Closing Night toast and reception.


Special Guest

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H. Alan Scott is a writer/comedian/producer and tonight's film subject. His work has been published on VICE, Fusion, Esquire, Newsweek, Nerdist, MTV, and OUT. He's contributed to Jim Henson's No, You Shut Up on Fusion, TV Land's Younger, and BBC's Danger Mouse. He co-hosts the "Out on the Lanai: The Golden Girls Podcast"; and "You're Making it Worse" on Dan Harmon's Starburns Audio Network. He's appeared on MTV, Fusion, CNN, ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Ellen. Learn more | IMDB

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TWO SCREENINGS OF THE FILM: PROMISE AT DAWN - early and late shows

EVERY ATTENDEE GETS A $10 GIFT CARD! Enjoy popcorn, food, drinks and other beverages at our full-menu venue.

We are excited to return for another Eastside edition at Regal Cinebarre Issaquah 8. The venue serves a full food and bar menu. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Arrive early to enjoy their full bar in the lobby and place your food order before the show, or wait staff will take your order during the film.

About the Film 

PROMISE AT DAWN is an epic, quirky drama about French writer Romain Gary's extraordinary life shaped by his Jewish mother.


Sponsor:

  • Regal Entertainment Group

 

A Tribute to Elliot Gould | On-Screen + In Conversation

SJFF celebrates actor Elliott Gould’s lifetime of achievement on and off the silver screen with a 2020 REEL Difference Award. From early roles in M*A*S*H and an Oscar-nomination for BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE to more recent roles in the OCEAN'S ELEVEN franchise, the Brooklyn-born versatile actor has captivated audiences for decades with his mix of easygoing, charismatic charm, and wry humor. Gould will discuss his compelling career spanning six decades with retrospective onscreen highlights, his Jewish identity, and philanthropic work.

Special Guests

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Warren Etheredge, Cultural Conversationalist

Warren Etheredge has worked on the film festival circuit for 20 years. He got his start at the Seattle International Film Festival, then went on to serve as the Curator & Director of the 1 Reel Film Festival (at Bumbershoot) for six years. Currently, he is the Director of Walla Walla Movie Crush Festival and has staged/hosted events at Sundance, SXSW, Port Townsend, Bend and other well-known festivals. He has interviewed many guests at SJFF andthe  Arts + Ideas stage including, Michael Solomonov, Nigella Lawson and most recently Yotam Ottolenghi. Etheredge is also the festival's curator for this year's Curated Shorts Program: EVER FORGET?

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Elliott Gould, Actor + SJFF REEL Difference Award Honoree

Elliott Gould is a prolific American actor and producer, who has remained critically acclaimed and sought after for his naturalistic style and insightful performances for decades. Born Elliott Goldstein in Brooklyn, NY, to Jewish immigrants, Gould began his acting career on Broadway, and is best known for his portrayal of Trapper John in Robert Altman's feature film M*A*S*H that earned him a Golden Globe nomination and landed him on the cover of TIME magazine. In 1973, he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE. Other memorable roles include playing Philip Marlowe in Altman's THE LONG GOODBYE and more recently notable roles in AMERICAN HISTORY X, BUGSY, A BRIDGE TOO FAR, and the popular OCEAN'S ELEVEN franchise. SJFF celebrates Gould's illustrious career and humanitarian work. IMDB

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