Our 2016 Film Festival had a “wow” nine days with sell out screenings and superb reviews. Many thanks to our wonderful festival-goers, committee members and volunteers. A special thank you to all of our individual, organizational and corporate donors. Together, we are building community one amazing film at a time.
While we have not yet compiled all of the evaluations, some of our top films are: Labyrinth of Lies, Remember, The Best of Men, Once in a Lifetime, Rabin In His Own Words, Welcome and The Search for Israeli Cuisine.
Mark your calendars for early March 2017 when our 22nd year will take place. In the meantime, we will be sponsoring between-festival events beginning this spring. To learn more and get our monthly “Reel Talk” e-paper, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And again, THANK YOU for a great event.
Debra, Efi, Margaret, Nilly, Olga, Riva and Stuart, EBIJFF Board
A new tradition is born. After two decades of being under the “wings” of first the Contra Costa JCC and then the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, our Film Festival is going independent. We thank both of them for their many years of support and their continued sponsorship. For 2016, we are enjoying a new collaboration with Lehrhaus Judaica, the largest provider of adult Jewish education in Northern California. With this partnership, we will be presenting more speakers during the Festival and between Festival runs. We are privileged to be in a community that values cultural engagement.
This year, many of our dramas explore social issues that focus on questions about religious, ethnic and racial identity (The Kind Words, White Lies, Welcome, A Borrowed Identity); subservience to authority figures (Experimenter, Labyrinth of Lies, Remember) and the importance of religious pluralism and tolerance (Gett, Apples in the Desert, Once in a Lifetime).
As always, our mission is to use the medium of film to foster a vibrant community that engages in dialogue. We thank you for helping us do this…one amazing film at a time.
Margaret Winter, Chair
THE 21ST ANNUAL EAST BAY INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL COMMITTEES
Margaret Winter, Chair
Tela Burshtain, Jo Alice Canterbury, Joe Gordon, Ilana Hicks, Lili Naveh, Susan Ross, Linda Scotting, Helen Sweet, Claire Vaserman, Sydne Weiner, Heidi Yamaguchi
Howard Bulos, Selma Forkash, Pearl Furman, Joyce Gross z”l, Beth Hoenninger, Ilana Yael Revelli, Barney Sherman, Beryl Silver, Ivor Silver, Kim Weinstein, Bari Winchell, Sandy Wishnev
THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES AT THE VINE CINEMA & ALEHOUSE:
Bob Block and Jim Holtz, Co-chairs
Riva Gambert, EBIJFF Director
Nilly Keren-Paz, EBIJFF Technical Manager