Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Filmmakers at Jewish Film Fest

The annual "New Filmmakers' Weekend" comes to the Jewish Film Festival, with top talent in attendance.

New Filmmakers at Jewish Film Fest


Year in and year out, a key component of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival has been its “New Filmmakers Weekend” series. And for PJFF 29, this is that weekend: From Saturday through Monday, May 1-3, eight entries will be screened, accompanied by their respective directors. It’s a chance to see a diverse and dynamic range of work, from docs to drama, comedies to controversy. Among the titles in the program:

 HAG: The Story of the Hasidic Actors’ Guild, a serio-comic mix of truth and fiction centering around – and directed by – Yisrael “Izzi” Lifschutz, who has acted in and/or consulted for Stranger Among Us, A Price Above Rubies, the indie hit Pi and other films.

B-2247: A Granddaughter’s Understanding, a short in which filmmaker Sara Greenberg travels to Eastern Europe with her grandparents, survivors of the Holocaust, to witness and remember the world they lived in. 

Off And Running, screened at the 2009 Q-Fest, comes from Philadelphian Nicole Opper, one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 new faces to watch. Her docfollows an African-American girl adopted by two Jewish lesbians, and the girl’s struggle to find the balance between her biological and cultural identities. 

Nymphs In The Mist,  Israeli director Yoram Sachs rom-com, about a broken-hearted video store clerk who gets talked into making a movie -- as a way to meet lots of cute Tel Aviv women and take his mind off of the girl who left him. Sachs will be on hand to explain himself. For complete schedule and ticket info, go to, or call 215-545-4400.

The reel “Robin Hood.”

In advance of the Russel Crowe Robin Hood opening May 14, the Roxy Theatre on Sansom Street is unspooling one of the true Hollywood classics – and the film that inspired Mel Brooks to make Men In Tights, too. We speak, of course, of Michael Curtiz’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, the 1938 Technicolor gem with Errol Flynn as the ace archer, snappy swordsman, robber of the rich and giver to the poor. Though the tights are a bit saggy, the dialogue is as tight and terrific as ever.
As Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) observes, listening to Robin’s rabble-rousing:
“Why, you speak treason!”
“Fluently,” Robin retorts.
For info on the Roxy screening times,  215-923-6699.
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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