Friday, March 23, 2018

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival: Now through Wednesday, March 28

You know how it goes if you live in the suburbs: Sometimes there is scads to do and event after event, and sometimes you're bumbling around your house, wondering if the snowstorm is going to bring down more trees and if it's too soon to email your book group with new book ideas, even though you're not meeting for another three weeks... 

This week, there is a a lot do do, thanks to the 18th annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF), at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange. I went to see a terrific film there last Tuesday night. "Keep the Change " was written and directed by Rachel Israel. It tells the story of a  group of autistic adults, and one couple in particular, who meet at the JCC Manhattan over the course of one summer. They struggle to get to know each other, they sing, they argue, they visit the Brooklyn Bridge, they take the bus, they visit each other's families, and they fall in love. The movie is both heartbreaking and extremely funny. The film's star, Brandon Polansky, was at the screening and did an extensive Q&A with the director afterwards. 

Because of the snow, film festival has been extended until Wednesday, March 28. Go!

Ticket Prices:
General Seating: $13
Student, Senior, Matinee (before 5:00pm): $11
At the door: $15
Thursday, March 22
11:30am Between Worlds

7:30pm Between Worlds*
(screened at Bow-Tie Cinema)

Double Feature 7:30pm
Across the Line
Operation Wedding

Post-screening discussion

Friday, March 23
11:30am Bombshell:
The Hedy Lamarr Story

Post-screening discussion with Fleming Meeks

Saturday, March 24
Double Feature 8:45pm
The Chop
The Cousin

Sunday, March 25
1:00pm The Body Collector

Closing Night/Double Feature 7:00pm
Mr. Bernstein
A Quiet Heart

Followed by a Dessert Reception

Wednesday, March 28
(rescheduled films)
12:30pm Humor Me

7:30pm Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Post-screening discussion

For tickets and more information,
or call 973-530-3417

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