Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life Live Film and Special Event

This touching film documents a community’s response to hate and antisemitism in the aftermath of the assault on three congregations at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. The lives of eleven people were taken on October 27, 2018 in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. As the Jewish community experiences tremendous grief, they face the resurgence of age-old threats that lead to horrific violence.  Together with their neighbors, they meet fear with courage as they confront hate and strengthen the connections they have been building for years. Against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in the country, a traumatized community works together to heal as they experience the impact and dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, hate speech, and gun violence.  Winner of Audience Award at San Francisco Film Festival; Winner of Best Documentary at Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival. Read More >

Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Opening Night Film and Celebration featuring Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song Live Film – SOLD OUT

A definitive exploration of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” This feature-length documentary weaves together three strands: the songwriter and his times, the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit, and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

Live Special Event: Our opening night of our 25th Anniversary celebration with pre-film live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, cake and champagne beginning at 7 p.m. at the Trager Family JCC. A highlight of the evening will feature live entertainment with Brigid Kaelin and Cantor David Lipp performing Leonard Cohen selections.

Sponsored by: Wilma Probst Levy Read More >