“The Hebrew Hammer,” “Schindler’s List,” “Fiddler on the Roof…” these are just a few of the films that bring out the Jew-ish side of cinema. Now, Gainesville, FL will be glorifying other great works. From foreign to indie, documentary to feature length film, Gainesville’s highly anticipated – first ever – Jewish Film Festival has just released more information on what topics to expect for each film screening:
March 14 – Opening Night – Jews in Sports
March 15 – Significance of a Homeland
March 21 – Jewish Identity
March 22 – Social Action
March 28 – Holocaust Remembrance
March 29 – Contemporary Jewish Media
A discussion will follow each movie screening talking about its purpose and effect on the viewer. No specific film titles have been released as of now. What makes this news even more exciting to me is the fact that I work with the venue the festival will be held at. Sponsored by UF Hillel, the Jewish Student Union, and the Jewish Council of North Central Florida, the agreed upon location is the Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville’s only professional theater, located in the heart of downtown. The theater has a 100 seated cinema with vintage movie poster hanging on the walls and a blank by blank size screen. The festival will be free of charge and open to the community as part of JAM, Gainesville’s Jewish Awareness Month.