Louisville Jewish Film Festival Features Award-Winning Movies, Speakers, Events

This year marks the bar mitzvah or 13th year for the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Annual Jewish Film Festival, which runs from February 12-21. An exciting celebration is planned featuring a number of exceptional films, speakers, social events and fun!  A full listing of films, venues, related activities and costs can be found by clicking here.


The Festival Committee screened over 50 films and selected an outstanding group of 13 award-winning, stimulating movies from France, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Argentina and the United States for the community’s enjoyment.

Festivities begin with a highly anticipated opening night program on Saturday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue. The full evening includes the showing of Tough Crowd, a short film animated by Louisvillian Jeffrey Roth, who will be in attendance, and the screening of the Israeli film Eli and Ben. This production is appropriate for middle and high school students and their families. A dessert reception follows. Tickets: $15.

Another family-appropriate film for children in grade six and above is Inside Hana’s Suitcase, to be shown on Sunday, February 13, 10 a.m. at Village 8. This event is free-of-charge thanks to the Ann and Coleman Friedman Children’s Judaic Activities Fund of the JCL’s Foundation for Planned Giving.

On Monday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day), bring your loved one(s) to see Matchmaker at 7 p.m. at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue. Everyone who has ever served as a matchmaker for a couple that is still together is encouraged to send their stories to Festival Director Marsha Bornstein mbornstein@jewishlouisville.org to be printed in the evening’s program. A dessert reception follows. Tickets cost $8.50 in advance/$10 at the door. The event is sponsored by Roanne and Karl Victor.

Louisville’s Festival will be one of the first to show La Rafle, the outstanding opening film of the 2010 Jerusalem Film Festival, on Saturday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. at Village 8. Tickets cost $8.50 in advance/$10 at the door.

The American film Voice Teacher will be shown on Sunday, February 20, 2:30 p.m. at the Clifton Center’s Eifler Theatre. The movie’s director, Daniel Mendelson (son of Jack Mendelson from the film Chazzn) will attend event along with voice teacher Don Roberts.  Tickets cost $6. The event is sponsored by Cantor Davip Lipp’s Discretionary Fund at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

If you would like to be a patron for an event, please contact Kim Hales at khales@jewishlouisville.org or phone 238-2777.

The Festival is made possible through the hard work and dedication of the following committee members: Chairperson Keiley Caster; Rabbi David Ariel-Joel; Matthew Biberman; Sandra Braunstein; Angeline Golden; Sharon Goodman; Michelle Jones; Jackie Kanovitz; Meryl Kasdan; Louis Levy; Cantor David Lipp; Pami; and Stephi Wolff.

The Festival is funded in part by the following sponsors: the Rosa Gladstein Fund of the JCL’s Foundation for Planned Giving, Dennis and Judy Hummel, The Louis Levy Film and Theatre Arts Fund, The Temple, Congregation Adath Israel, B’rith Sholom, the University of Louisville and the individuals and funds listed above.

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