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"My Hero Brother," dedicated to David Levin and Ignite Adaptive Sports, is the festival's Centerpiece.

Festival Films Are All About Heart

Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival.

All films are at the Dairy Arts Center except for Opening Night Gala, which is at the Boulder JCC. Tickets available here.

How to buy all Dairy Arts Center tickets:

  • Online at thedairy.org CLICK HERE
  • Call the Dairy Box Office at 444.7328.
  • Visit the Dairy Box Office, 2590 Walnut St, open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Saturday (subject to change), 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday (subject to change), and one hour prior to event start time.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Early bird 10-packs for $100 are available through Tuesday, February 21 by phone and at box office only.

The 10-pack is good ONLY for regular-priced tickets ($12 in advance/$15 at the door). It does not include special screenings: “On the Map” (opening night), “A Heartbeat Away” (honoring Dr. Bill Shiovitz and the Boulder Medical Community), “Hummus: The Movie” (reception following), “My Hero Brother” (Centerpiece)  and “Wild Tales” (Closing Night).

 

Notes from founding director Kathryn Bernheimer

Every year for the last five years, I have had the pleasure of previewing some 150 new films and deciding which merit inclusion. From the dozens that survive the first cut, based on artistic quality and content, I then look for variety of genre, style, format, subject, and tone – with a mixture of light and dark tones being of prime importance.

Consider these two brides: “Wedding Doll,” left below. is a sensitive, bittersweet story of a young woman with mild mental impairment who dreams of romance and views the world through rose colored glasses.

 

The bride in the last installment of “Wild Tales,” above right, experiences the wedding from hell in a darkly hilarious, delirious story of human emotional extremes.

On the light and bright side, this year I was pleased by the abundance of feel-good films, which are marked in our printed program with a heart, that are inspirational and emotionally satisfying. We begin the festival with the heartfelt thrill of victory (“On the Map”). Our gala opening is a sports-themed Israeli documentary that has left audiences cheering across the country. It is produced by our friends Nancy Spielberg (BJFF 2015) and Roberta Grossman (“Hava Nagila, BJFF 2014).

Tribute guest director Dani Menkin appears with three films.

Director Dani Menkin appears in person for a tribute program, along with basketball superstar Tal Brody.

Tal Brody wins the big game in 1977.

The evening will include court time fun with the legendary Israeli hero. Menkin will also appear with his first film (“39 Pounds of Love”) and his debut feature film (“Is That You?”)

Dani Menkin’s popular new English-language feature film also premieres at the festival.

Among this year’s other feel-good offerings were several remarkable Israeli films dealing with the challenges faced by the differently abled, and with medical and emotional wellness, including our Centerpiece, “My Hero Brother.”

Downs Syndrome does not deter pairs of siblings who trek the Himalayas.

Alzheimers features in the plot of “Remember,” a taut thriller starring the great Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer..

Alzheimers complicates a revenge plot hatched by two survivors.

In our shorts program, “Billsville” profiles an artist of unique vision living on the margins. Also included in the shorts program is “Joe’s Violin,” just nominated for an Oscar, about a survivor who donates his violin to a young student in need.

Bill dances to the beat of his own drum in this short documentary
Just nominated for best documentary short!

The medical-miracle theme of “A Heartbeat Away,” which profiles an Israeli cardiologist who spends part of each year in Tanzania operating on children with life-threatening heart conditions, afforded us the opportunity to pay tribute to the Boulder medical community with a reception after the screening. Dr. Bill Shiovitz will be the special guest of honor. To place a tribute to Bill, email Jodi@boulderjcc.org.

We honor Dr. Bill Shiovitz with “A Heartbeat Away.

Our first Sunday focuses on humor and entertainment with three films dealing with popular culture (“The Last Laugh,” “Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown,” and “In Search of Spock”).

FUNNY SUNDAY includes “Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown.”

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Our closing “Spanish Sunday” pays tribute to Latin culture with four Spanish-language films, and an empanada and sangria closing night reception.

Dirty Wolves” is one of four Spanish language films to be shown Sunday, March 19.

Our teen film (“Freedom Runners”) is bound to spark debate about illegal immigration, human rights and identity. Israeli Olympic runner Maor Tiyouri will conduct the talkback. It’s a film about heart.

In fact, all our films deal with the heart and soul of the Jewish people.

Courage has no size, compassion no age.

Join us as we celebrate Big Sonia’s courage, trek the Himalayas with our Downs Syndrome siblings, voyage into space with Star Trek, exact revenge for the Holocaust, take several road trips, savor the world’s best hummus, plan for a doomed wedding, take up running to overcome prejudice, recover from TB, laugh in the face of the Holocaust, make a minyan, and win a championship that shocks the world. All in 21 films and 11 days.

WILD TALES” ENDS THE FESTIVAL WITH A BANG

FOR A LIST OF FILMS, SEE THE BJN ARTICLE

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of “The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies” and “The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time.”

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