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About the Shorts Program: 7 amazing films, 72 min.

IDENTITIES. MISTAKEN? Are we who we think we are? Whom we say we are? Or, are we who others know us to be? Many take pride in their Jewish identity, some dislike the distinction, and others wish to remain hidden “Yidn” (Yiddish for Jews). Can disguise or the distance of years change who we are at our spiritual and cultural cores?

In this special shorts program—the first featured at SJFF in many years—a woman reconsiders her roots; three generations of women consider changing their noses; war criminals fear their comeuppance; and an ambitious student prays for his salvation.

Guest Bio

Warren Etheredge, SJFF Short Film Program 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.  

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RACE

Director: Natalya Sharapova
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 3m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary Short
About the Short: A family photo album portrays different pictures of being Jewish. 

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BROKEN/FIXED

Director: Joanne Feinberg
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 5m
Year: 2017
Genre: Documentary Short
About the Short: Three generations of women consider “fixing” their noses.

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NEXT STOP

Director: Einat Gaulan
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/subtities
Running Time: 11m
Year: 2017
Genre: Narrative Short
Original Title: Hakol shel ha'otobus
About the Short: The woman behind recorded bus stop announcements briefly gets her chance at stardom.

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THE WARSAW ROBIN

Director: Mackenzie Bates
Country: USA
Language: Polish w/subtitles
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2018
Genre: Animated Short
About the Short: A Polish girl somehow finds hope in the Ghetto.

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THE TATTOO

Director: Ian Power
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Running Time: 15m
Year: 2017
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: A mortuary artist can’t cover all old wounds. 

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THE DRIVER IS RED

Director: Randall Christopher
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 15m
Year: 2017
Genre: Annimated Short
About the Short: The search for a mysterious, Nazi war criminal extends to 1960s Buenos Aires, Argentina, in this animated true-crime documentary thriller.

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SHMIL

Director: Baruch Rosenstein
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 15m
Year: 2018
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: Shmil gets thrown out of a prestigious yeshiva. Will he do anything to maintain his status?

About The Film

Ninety-seven year-old Holocaust survivor, Inge Ginsberg, rose to fame as a songwriter for legendary musicians such as Doris Day, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole. Follow her journey to break out as a performer in a different musical genre in her audition for America’s Got Talent: death metal. Ginsberg redefines what it means to grow old and reminds us it is never too late to try something new.

Plays with: Seattle Closing Night Film HOLY LANDS

Director Bio

Emerging filmmaker, Leah Galant was named Variety magazine's "110 Students to Watch in Film and Media" while a student at Ithaca College and received the 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellow. Her work has been featured in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Salon, and MovieMaker Magazine.


 

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Film Details:

Director: Leah Galant
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 12m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary Short

Subjects:

  • WWII
  • Short
  • Music
  • Family
  • Woman Directors

 

About the Film

Eli Wiesel’s words resonate with a middle school student as he struggles to replace violence that shaped his thinking such as superheroes with peace. SJFF is pleased to premiere this student short, which won first prize at the 2018 Writing, Art & Film Contest for students by Holocaust Center for Humanity.

Plays with: THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ

Guest Director

Zodrow web headshot  In 2018, Audru Joseph Miller Zodrow, an 11th grader at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, won 1st prize for this short animated film inspired by an Elie Weisel quote in the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Writing, Art & Film Contest

 

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Film Details:

Director: Andru Joseph Miller Zodrow
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 2m
Year: 2018
Genre: Animated Short

Subjects:

  • Holocaust Center for Humanity
  • Short Film
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Animation
  • Spokane

 

About the Short Film:

Plays with: Friday Matinee @ the J film LOVE, GILDA

Meet the fast food faithful, a group of Jewish senior citizens who meet every Friday night at a local Wendy’s for an unusual Shabbat dinner. The candles and wine are there, but so are the burgers and fries.

Director Bio

Rachel Myers is a director and production designer whose work spans film, television, stage, and live events. She received her M.F.A. from Yale in 2007 and is the chief creative officer of 3 Penny Design. Her credits include Short Term 12 and East Los High. Myers is currently developing her feature-length directorial debut.

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Film Details:

Director: Rachel Myers
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 14m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary Short
Rating: G

 Subjects

  • Seniors
  • Shabbat
  • Community
  • Fast food
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