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About the Film

Presales have ended | Standby line tickets released before the show after pass holders enter only (first come).

Leonard Bernstein, one of the most influential classical musicians of the 20th century, was a complex, larger-than-life, colorful genius. His

flamboyant onstage presence—the swaying, jumping, and arm swinging—were not affectations BernsteinAt100LogoBlack croppedbut the means to achieve a great orchestral performance. His film and musical theater scores (ON THE TOWN, ON THE WATERFRONT, and WEST SIDE STORY) are unforgettable, and his 1950s televised Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic broke down barriers and reached large audiences worldwide.

The documentary features illuminating interviews with other conductors, Bernstein’s children (including our special guest, daughter Jamie Bernstein), and luminaries of the music world (including Stephen Sondheim and Sir Peter Jonas), complemented by family photos and clips from Bernstein’s performances, compositions, and TV programs, all of which tell his life story—marked by conflict with his family and numerous alleged affairs—in a creative, nonlinear way. In so doing, the noted director of award-winning documentaries on conductors Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has made what may be the best documentary on this legendary conductor, composer, and bon vivant.

Ticket bundles available, includes discounted book. Presented in partnership with The Jewish Book CouncilBook sales, signing, and reception after the film. Note: books sold after the show are not discounted.  Arrive early. Get in standby line.

Guests

Jamie Bernstein web headshot Author, Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. She offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, is an intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes-troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack of their entwined lives. 
Berson headshot web Misha Berson chief theatre critic for The Seattle Times for 25 years will moderate the conversation. Berson is currently a freelance writer and teacher, her work appears in The Seattle Times, American Theatre, Crosscut and other publications. Theatre Communications Group listed Berson among the most influential theatre critics in America. She is the author of four books, most recently "Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination".

 

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Film Details:

Director: Georg Wübbolt
Country: Austria/Germany
Language: English, German w/subtitles
Running Time: 52m
Year: 2016
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG - language

Subjects:

  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Jamie Bernstein
  • classical music
  • composers
  • conductors
  • biography
  • memoir

Sponsors:

About The Film

In 1930, a group of Jewish athletes rode motorcycles from Tel Aviv to Berlin to spread the word about the first-ever Maccabiah Games (an Olympic-style competition for young Jewish athletes around the world) to be held in 1932. Eighty years after the fall of the Nazi regime, 11 motorcyclists recreate that ride, carrying the torch from Israel to the 2015 Maccabiah Games in Berlin. They are a diverse group: old and young, Israeli, Canadian, and European, two Holocaust survivors and four children of survivors. Gallantly flying the Israeli flag through former killing fields in Europe, they make poignant and emotional pit stops along the way before delivering the torch to the notorious site of the 1936 Nazi Olympics, where Hitler raged against both Jews and African-American track and field athlete Jesse Owens. This biker-flick meets road-trip movie traces the bikers’ spectacularly moving and cathartic pilgrimage.

Plays with: WENDY’S SHABBAT (short) 

Director Bio

Catherine Lurie is a journalist, director and producer, based in London.


 

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Film Details:

Director: Catherine Lurie
Country: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
Language: English, Hebrew, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish w/ subtitles
Running Time: 79m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG

Subjects:

  • Holocaust
  • Motorcycles
  • Maccabiah Games
  • Jewish Olympics
  • Israel
  • Berlin

 

Sponsors

Community Partners

About The Film

A horn riff. A thump of the bass. A tinkle of the keys, followed by the “boom-bap” of the drums. These are the hallmarks of pioneering jazz label Blue Note Records, the first recording showcase of talents like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and many more iconic jazz legends. Gorgeous black-and-white archival photographs, album covers, and stirring video of live performances by jazz greats are underscored by a crisp, rich soundtrack spanning the record label’s 80-year history. ”Beyond the notes,” the unlikely partnerships behind Blue Note Records supported great art and artists and fostered creativity, equality, and freedom of expression. The rise of this improbable empire, founded by German-Jewish refugees in 1939, is chronicled in this new documentary, in which we see jazz as a metaphor for escape from repression, frustration, and restraint.

Guests:

garfield  web headshot Garfield High School Jazz Program Combo: The nationally renowned ensemble has been a consistent winner at major regional and national high school jazz competitions for many years. They perform with artistic excellence and style, and join us before the film for a rousing set.
 beeson headshot. web Abe Beeson, KNKX 88.5 FM Evening Jazz and The New Cool host will introduce the film. Since 1998 Abe Beeson has been hosting KNKX Evening Jazz. In 2015, Abe debuted his modern jazz show The New Cool, featuring 21st century jazz inspired and informed by the sounds of today: hip-hop, & funk, Electronic music and punk rock.

 

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Film Details:

Director: Sophie Huber
Country: Switzerland, USA, UK
Language: English
Running Time: 85m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG

Subjects:

  • Jazz Music
  • Records
  • New York
  • Civil Rights
  • German-Jewish Refugees

 Sponsors

  • Shari Basom and David Spiekerman
  • Gale J. Picker
  • Media Sponsor: KNKX 88.5 FM

 

 

About The Film

Imagine discovering a hidden past that shakes your worldview and sense of self. For New York Times journalist Doreen Carvajal, learning of her family's Jewish roots in Spain challenged her Catholic identity and led her on a journey of historical and self-discovery. This documentary follows Carvajal and other descendants of Spanish and Portuguese families and conversos (the Spanish term for Jews converted to Roman Catholicism) as they uncover their complicated and nuanced roots. CHILDREN OF THE INQUISITION uses a familiar travelogue style to trot around the globe and delve into the global mass conversion resulting from the Spanish Inquisition. Original manuscripts dating as far back as the 14th century and oral traditions secretly passed down through the generations unearth hidden histories of the Jews of Spain and Portugal. The film features UW historian Prof. Devin Naar and members of Seattle's Sephardic Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.

Followed by an echar lashon (coffee klatch) with coffee, tea, biscochos, and our special guests.

Special Guests

 joe lovett web headshot Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, who after working at ABC News 20/20 as director/producer, founded Lovett Productions in 1989. In 2001, he won a Peabody Award and received an Emmy nomination for writing, producing and directing HBO's Cancer: Evolution to Revolution. His latest film, Going Blind, and its outreach campaign, has ignited awareness to improve access to vision enhancement services. He has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, such as the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award. 
 Devin-Naar-v2 Dr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University. His first book Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece was published in 2017

 

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Film Details:

Director: Joseph Lovett
Country: USA
Language: English, Portuguese w/subtitles
Running Time: 120m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG-13 - Depictions and descriptions of torture

Subjects:

  • Conversos
  • Sephardic Jews
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Inquisition

Sponsors

Joel and Maureen Benoliel | David and Celeste Rind in memory of Bernice Mossafer Rind z"l

Community Partners: 

About The Film

What started as a fable of Jewish major leaguers traveling to Israel to discover their roots snowballs into something unexpected when, against all odds, Team Israel exceeds all expectations at “the Olympics of Baseball,” the World Baseball Classic. Following a rather amusing recruiting process, the mostly American team is granted Israeli citizenship by tracing Jewish grandparents. They quickly coalesce on a pilgrimage to the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, and Masada; they also help break ground on a new baseball complex where they practice in front of hundreds of locals. Along the way, they discover the pride of representing Israel on the world stage, come to understand a piece of their identity, poignantly discuss stereotypes surrounding Jewish athletes and Jews in general, and become newly minted Jewish heroes to a generation of Israeli kids.

The underdogs advance for the first time to compete among the top 16 teams in the world in South Korea and Japan, their astounding performance upends their has-been reputation. Even the team mascot, “the Mensch on the Bench,” becomes an international celebrity. Edge-of-your-seat tournament moments, punctuated with behind-the-scenes looks at the players’ antics on and off the field, dramatize this stirring story of sports, patriotism, and personal growth.

Winner of the Best Documentary Film award at the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival.

About the Event

This film screens as part of our Sunday Klezmer Brunch and Sports Film Special event, featuring a 9:30am spread of delicious Jewish comfort foods from Mangia Bene Catering (learn more). Film only tickets are also available for the 11am screening.

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Film Details:

Director: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger
Country: US, Israel, Japan, South Korea
Language: English
Running Time: 91m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG–language

Subjects:

  • Baseball
  • Major League Baseball
  • World Baseball Classic
  • Sports
  • Israel
  • Heritage
  • Jewish athletes

 

Sponsors

About The Film

While Brooklyn may be home to modern hipster culture; it remains the home of the country’s largest ultraorthodox Jewish community. Insular Borough Park maintains its own set of conservative religious guidelines, including the mandate that women never show their hair or bare legs in public or come into physical contact with non-familial men, even something as simple as a handshake. And yet, in times of medical emergencies such as childbirth, these women must rely on the urgent and often intimate care of men in the religious community’s volunteer ambulance Emergency Medical Service. Rachel “Ruchie” Freier—a mother of six, a lawyer, and force of nature—wants to change this. She and a crew of dutiful yet revolutionary Hasidic women unite to create the first neighborhood women’s ambulance service, but their success is far from guaranteed.

93QUEEN charts the path of these bold, tenacious women as they battle a divided community. Challenge after challenge—from securing EMT training and equipment, to overcoming institutional resistance and shunning—they come to terms with the sacrifices and compromises required to render their dream of a female Emergency Medical Service corps a reality. You will come away from this film with a new understanding and respect for these gutsy, capable, path-breaking women.

Guest Director

paula eiselt web headshot  Paula Eiselt is an independent filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her background as an Orthodox woman allowed her unprecedented access to the Orthodox community in Borough Park. Eiselt leveraged her 93QUEEN full-length documentary debut to guarantee women were employed in key roles from production to editing, to a soundtrack by Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman and Hasidic vocalist Perl Wolfe. 

 

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Film Details:

Director: Paula Eiselt
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 85m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG-13 - Depiction of childbirth

Subjects:

  • Orthodox Jews
  • women
  • feminism
  • New York City
  • emergency medical service
  • challenging patriarchy

 

Sponsors

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About The Film

More than 40 years after serving as an SS officer, Oskar Gröning, known as "The Accountant of Auschwitz," at age 94, admitted to his crimes and was put on trial, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews. While serving at Auschwitz, Gröning registered the possessions left by prisoners as they were processed. While he did not murder anybody, his shocking admission made headlines worldwide instigating a debate around his prosecution and the pursuit of justice. Although the majority of SS officers have gone unprosecuted, a new generation is reopening investigations against the living perpetrators of some of history’s worst crimes. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers.

Via interviews with the lead prosecutor at Nuremberg, criminal legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, and survivors, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remain vivid and traumatic. For some, there is no grey area: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit, regardless of his duty to follow orders. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges.

From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, this documentary is a stark reminder how history repeats itself.

Plays with: VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA (short)

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Film Details:

Director: Matthew Shoychet
Country: Canada
Language: English, German w/subtitles
Running Time: 80m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG-13

Subjects:

  • WWII
  • History
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Holocaust
  • Social Justice

 

Sponsors

 

About The Film

Discover the real person behind Gilda Radner’s hilarious characters in this documentary through never-before-seen footage, newly discovered personal audio and videotapes, and interviews with Radner's funny friends (Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Martin Short). Radner’s recently unearthed diaries are read by a generation of the comedians she inspired, including Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader.
Radner was the first performer chosen for the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live back in 1975, picked because "she had a goodness which came through whatever she was doing." She rocketed to fame with beloved, recurring characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna and Lisa Loopner, and found humor and warmth in the darkest of times, battling eating disorders and ultimately succumbing to ovarian cancer. Her marriage to actor Gene Wilder and legacy in the comedy world and cancer advocacy shine through 30 years after her passing. Variety calls LOVE, GILDA "exuberant and moving.”

Plays with: WENDY’S SHABBAT (short) at the SJCC screening only

About the Matinees

This year, SJFF is proud to offer two matinees of this film, one at Aegis of Queen Anne at Roger's Park and the other at the J. Everyone is welcome. Both events include refreshments and conversation. Seating at Aegis Living is limited and followed by a heavy appetizer and wine reception (tickets only, no passholders). The Friday matinee at the J is open to all pass holders. Both events are only $8 for seniors age 65+.

Director Bio

Lisa D’Apolito is a producer and director, known for GOODFELLAS (1990) and THE GYNOTICIAN (short, 2013). She began working on LOVE, GILDA four years ago as a series of fundraising videos for Gilda’s Club organizations.

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Film Details:

Director: Lisa D’Apolito
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English
Running Time: 86m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG-13 - language, brief nudity, mature subjects

Subjects:

  • Gilda Radner
  • Saturday Night Live (SNL)
  • Comedy
  • Women
  • Eating disorders
  • Cancer
  • TV
  • Gilda’s Club

 

 

Sponsors

Aegis Living of Queen Anne at Roger's Park
Eye Society-Bellevue

Community Partners:

About The Film

According to the World Health Organization, by 2025 – six short years from now – half of the global population will face water scarcity. Meet three Israeli innovators working with partners across the globe – in Uganda, India, and even the United States, where successive droughts threaten the livelihood of Californian farmers – to bring water to those communities and sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using high-tech crop monitoring, solar energy, and biological "green lung" filtration systems, these international collaborations show that it is possible to clean, conserve, and channel water to where it is needed most. This is eye-opening cinema with the cautiously hopeful message that cooperation and innovation can begin to reverse the ecological damage to the Earth. Fixing global water issues is not only a matter of life and death; it is the start of healing the world.

Guest Director

micah smith web headshot  Micah Smith is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker. His films have screened in over 40 festivals on five continents. Smith graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

Q&A to follow with Director, Micah Smith and moderated by Wendy Kaufman. Wendy Kaufman spent more than three decades as an on air reporter and occasional host for NPR News. Over her long career, she covered everything from the White House and Congress to environmental and education policy, aviation safety, and police brutality. She followed some of the US’s most well known companies including Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks. Kaufman had a special interest in corporate culture and women in high tech.

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Film Details:

Director: Micah Smith
Country: USA
Language: English, Hebrew, Luganda w/subtitles
Running Time: 60m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: Age rec: 8+

Subjects:

  • Water
  • Scarcity
  • Environment
  • Israel
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Ecology
  • Sustainability

 


Sponsors

Exclusive Community Partner: American Technion Society-Pacific Northwest Region

 

 

About The Film

The Israel Museum, the country’s most important cultural institution, poses for its own complex portrait in this fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary by leading Israeli documentary filmmaker Ran Tal (winner of the Israeli Oscar for CHILDREN OF THE SUN, SJFF 2008). From the sublime to the ridiculous, the film’s trenchant, ironic eye presents the Israel Museum as a unique microcosm of contemporary Israeli society—reflecting its good, bad, and rather absurd elements.

Roaming galleries and descending to the storerooms, labs, and conference rooms, the tour may seem random. To the contrary, it is artfully curated, capturing the museum’s extraordinary vitality and variety in a cinematic kaleidoscope of art, history, and national identity.

Director Bio

Ran Tal is an independent filmmaker, whose documentaries (THE GARDEN OF EDEN, CHILDREN OF THE SUN) focus on Israeli reality through a historic social perspective. Tal is the recipient of the Ophir Prize, the Jerusalem Film Festival Volgin Award, the DocAviv Film Festival Award, and teaches cinema at Sapir College and Tel Aviv University.

Special Guests

Michelle Dunn Marsh web headshot  Michelle Dunn Marsh is the Executive Director and Curator at the Photographic Center Northwest. Her commitment to education, collaboration, and achievement of excellence have defined her career and gained her national recognition. Michelle’s professional experience includes fifteen years with Aperture Foundation in New York City, first as a designer and later as deputy director for the organization, and as Co-Publisher of Aperture magazine.
 liz brown headshot Elizabeth A. Brown is an independent scholar, consultant, and educator specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees, all in the history of art, from Columbia University in New York.  From 2000-2011 she was Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Henry Art Gallery. She has taught at the Photographic Center Northwest, the University of Washington, Seattle University, PCNW, Gage Academy, and Cornish College of the Arts. 

 

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Film Details:

Director: Ran Tal
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/subtitles
Original Title: h'Muzeion/המוזיאון
Running Time: 74m
Year: 2017
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: G

Subjects:

  • Israel
  • Israel Museum
  • Art and Museums
  • Culture
  • History
  • WWII

 

 

 

Sponsors

Cathy Sarkowsky and Max Sarkowsky

Community Partners: 

 

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