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Spring + Summer Film Pass
Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers. Our season pass holders have VIP access to the film world: FREE tickets to all film events at the JCC* Guaranteed tickets** Early notification about add-on screenings Premier access to our partners' events ...and many more benefits! * Excluding festivals **Up to 2 weeks before screening. Tickets still must be reserved at box office. USAGE NOTES: This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include tickets to film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in The JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, May 6 - Aug 26
spring
7:30pm weekly
Up on the Roof: Putzel
Walter Himmelstein, a young man known as Putzel, works for his family's fish store and, though he dreams of bigger things, can't face the world outside his Upper West Side community. In this heartwarming comedy, Walter's aspiration to take over his uncle's smoked fish emporium is disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his married, about-to-retire uncle. But with Sally's help, Walter confronts his fears and tries to prove he is more than a Putzel. Dir. Jason Chaet (USA, 2012, 85 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > performing arts > upontheroof
Thu, Aug 21
summer
8:30pm once
Fall Season Film Pass
Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers. *USAGE NOTES: Fall season runs from 9/1/14-12/31/14. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in The JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Sep 1 - Jan 1
fall
7pm monthly
Special Preview: Kelly & Cal
Punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly (Juliette Lewis), is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn’t yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal, who uses a wheelchair, is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life. Dir. Jen McGowan (USA, 2014, 109 min.) Presented by ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. (more)REGISTER
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Wed, Sep 3
fall
7pm once
Special Preview: The Green Prince
Based on Mosab Hassan Yousef's bestselling memoir, Son of Hamas, this celebrated documentary tells the story of the son of a Hamas leader who became one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. The film exposes a complex world of terror, betrayal, and impossible choices through exclusive firsthand testimony, dramatic action sequences, and rare archival footage. Dir. Nadav Schirman (Israel, 2013, 101 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Sep 9
fall
7:30pm once
The Lady in Number 6 + Reporting on the Times
REPORTING ON THE TIMES Inspired by Laurel Leff’s award-winning book Buried by The Times, Reporting on the Times explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust during World War II. It also investigates why The Times, a ?Jewish owned newspaper, buried more than one thousand articles in its back pages.Through interviews and testimony of a Holocaust survivor, historians, and New York Times journalists, the film encourages audiences to re-evaluate America’s place as ‘The Great Liberator’ and to consider the power of the press. Dir. Emily Harrold (USA, 2012, 18 min) THE LADY IN NUMBER 6 When Alice Herz-Sommer died in 2014, at age 110, she was the second-oldest person living in London and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor. As might be expected, Alice was rather unique. She was a celebrated concert pianist performing throughout central Europe before the "lights went out all over Europe" and the continent was plunged into years of misery. In the last years of her life, Herz-Sommer lived alone in a tiny flat and spent hours each day at her piano, practicing her beloved Bach and Beethoven. Dir. Malcolm Clarke (US/UK/Canada, 2013, 39 min) Co-presented by Jewish Home Lifecare. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Sep 16
fall
7:30pm once
Particle Fever
Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. In Particle Fever, audiences witness a significant scientific breakthrough as it happens. The film follows six brilliant scientists as they launch the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive experiment in history. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces with these six in pursuit of a single goal: to find the Higgs boson—the particle that could explain the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? Dir. Mark Levinson (USA, 2013, 99 min) Preceded by a screening of the short film, Ask Alice. Followed by a conversation with producer, Wendy Sax. (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Sep 23
fall
7:30pm once
Playoff
Legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein became a national hero when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late seventies. But he became a national traitor equally fast, when he then accepted the job of turning around the hopeless West German basketball team. Klein maintains that Germany—where he was born before the war—means nothing to him, and that training their national team is just another job on his path to NBA glory. But during his time in Germany, Ralph makes a surprising discovery about what happened to his own family in the 1940s, and he realizes that one cannot run away from one’s own past and demons forever. Dir. Eran Riklis (Israel/Germany/France, 2011, 107 min) Followed by a conversation with the director. (more)REGISTER
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Mon, Sep 29
fall
7pm once
Watchers of the Sky
Four contemporary stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination are interwoven in this film's unearthing of the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin—the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. This provocative journey takes us from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. Dir. Edet Belzberg (USA, 2014, 120 min)Followed by a conversation with the director (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Wed, Oct 1
fall
7:30pm once
Havana Curveball
Thirteen-year-old Mica takes to heart his rabbi's dictate to help "heal the world" and launches a grand plan to send baseball equipment to Cuba—a country with a mysterious pull for him. He only knows that Cubans have few resources, love baseball, and gave his grandfather refuge during the Holocaust. But his filmmaker parents know a curveball is coming. Dir. Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider (USA, 2014, 60 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Oct 21
fall
7:30pm once
One: A Story of Love and Equality
In the wake of legalization of gay marriage in her home state of New York, filmmaker Becca Roth is plagued by the fact that the majority of states in America currently have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, including every state in the South. Except one. When she finds out that residents in North Carolina are gearing up to vote on one of the most restrictive marriage amendments in the country, she and her girlfriend Melina travel there to try to understand individuals on both sides and start a dialogue. Dir. Becca Roth (USA, 2014, 102 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Oct 28
fall
7:30pm once
Zero Motivation
Screening time TBDA zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life in a unit of female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—to friendship, love, and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit. Dir. Talya Lavie (2014, Israel, 100 mins) (more)LEARN MORE
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Nov 16
fall
8am once
On the Way to School
Four children from Kenya, Argentina, Morocco, and India live worlds apart from each other but share the same thirst for knowledge. These children are united in their quest to learn and, despite having to cross dangerous savannahs, the winding trails of the Atlas Mountains, and dizzying Patagonian plateaus, take journeys to change their lives forever... Dir. Pascal Plisson (France/China/South Africa/Brazil/Colombia, 2013, 77 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Nov 25
fall
7:30pm once
Regina
This film tells the story of the first ordained female rabbi, Rabbi Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who grew up in Germany and raised the spirits of German Jews during World War II. Though only one photograph of Regina survives, her story is told through amazing and poetic archival footage bringing her and the world she lived in to life. Dir. Diana Groó (UK/Hungary/Germany, 2013, 93 min) Co-Presented by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Dec 2
fall
7:30pm once
Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber
Ruth Gruber, an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist, became the eyes and conscience of the world during an extraordinary career that spanned more than seven decades. Gruber was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935. She escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946, and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. This riveting documentary interweaves verité scenes with never-before-seen archival footage. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Ruth Gruber and the filmmakers, moderated by Myriam Abramowicz. Dir. Bob Richman (USA, 2009, 73 min) (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Dec 9
fall
7:30pm once
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