Chattanooga Jewish Film Series Begins at Jewish Cultural Center


Five award-winning Jewish-themed films produced in the United States, France and Israel will screen in person and virtually for five consecutive weeks starting Monday, August 22 and ending Friday, September 23.

Each in-person screening will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will take place at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road. Each virtual film screening will be available beginning at noon on Sunday and ending at noon on Friday.

To register to view the films in person or visit virtually www.jewishchattanooga.com. Movies are available for $12.

Virtual screenings must be prepaid in advance. You will receive the login code on the first morning of the screening and a link to the recordings of talks and interviews for specific films. Drop-in visits for in-person screenings are available for vaccinated individuals. Masks are optional.

All of the films in the series have won international awards and nominations and have been recognized at film festivals in the United States, Europe and Israel.

The schedule for the Jewish Film Series is as follows:

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In person Monday August 22 / Virtual noon Sunday August 21 – noon Friday August 26

Finding true love in Hollywood has always been a challenge. it’s even harder when you’re no longer a young starlet, no matter how many movie star friends you have. And, if you’re a little comedian with a radio face, well, you can pretty much forget about it. Yet true love can happen. This romantic comedy stars Mariette Hartley, Jerry Sroka, Morgan Fairchild, John Rubinstein, Peter MacNicol, Sam McMurray and more. English, 92 minutes

Berenchtein

In person Monday, August 29 / virtual noon Sunday, August 28 – noon Friday, September 2

In an old house in the modest neighborhood of Kiryat Ata, Israel, neighbors had no idea that the old man who lives next door is the last living commander of a partisan battalion from World War II. It was he who located the secret installation where the Germans developed their last hope for victory – the V2 missiles. Russian, German, Polish, subtitles 105 minutes

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

In person Tuesday, September 6 / virtual noon Sunday, September 4 – noon Friday, September 9

A hybrid of memoir docudrama and narrative fantasy, the film tells the story of Madoff, seen through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins, and the system that kept it going for decades. Fueled by her growing obsession with live interviews, she transforms them into music videos and a living, vulnerable work of art reflecting her unique perspective. English, 75 minutes A recorded interview with Alicia Rabins (writer/actress), Alicia Rose (director) and Lara Cuddy (producer) hosted by Chattanoogan Alison Lebovitz will also be available.

The Levys of Monticello

In person Monday, September 12 / Virtual noon Sunday, September 11 – noon Friday, September 16

This film IA documentary that tells the little-known story of the Levy family, who owned and carefully preserved Monticello for almost a century – far longer than Jefferson or his descendants. The remarkable history of the Levy family also intersects with the rise of anti-Semitism that has unfolded throughout American history. English, 71 minutes A recorded interview with Steve Pressman (director) with Chattanoogan, Alison Lebovitz will also be available.

Pink

In person Monday, September 19 / virtual noon Sunday, September 18 – noon Friday, September 23

In this film Rose, 78, has just lost her beloved husband. When her grief gives way to a powerful momentum of life that makes her realize that she can still redefine herself as a woman, the whole balance of the family is upset. French, Yiddish, 102 minutes

A committee of dedicated volunteers reviews an average of 25 documentary films each year to choose four films. Films screened at major national and international film festivals, those recommended by peers across the United States, and those brought to the committee’s attention by filmmakers are included in the selection process.

We appreciate our sponsors: Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, Market Street Partners, Patton Albertson & Miller, Chambliss, Barnett & Company, First Horizon and Kleen-A-Matic.

The Jewish Cultural Center, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, offers programs, classes and exhibits, social services and a preschool, all rooted in Jewish values. The facility allows the Jewish community to increase its visibility, foster relationships and strengthen its identity in the Chattanooga area.

Located at 5461 North Terrace, the Center and its programs are open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.

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