The Ninth Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival brings 13 new and original films to Columbus audiences beginning Sunday, November 3, and extending through Sunday, November 17.
The Columbus Museum of Art will host the opening night screening and dessert reception. At 7 pm on Sunday, November 3, The ZigZag Kid, an action-packed adventure full of spirit and wit, will center around the wild imagination of Nono, a young boy on the verge of his bar mitzvah.
At 7 pm on Tuesday, November 5, The Gateway Film Center presents Two-Sided Story, and will be followed by a moderated table discussion: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges.
Suskind, based on the gripping true story of Walter Suskind, the Jewish industrialist who saved hundreds of Dutch children from death camps, will screen in commemoration of Kristallnacht at the Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave., at 7 pm on Thursday, November 7.
Doc Sunday, November 10, features four moving documentaries from 11 am to 5:15 pm, at the Drexel Theater. Sukkah City (11 am), The Lost Town (1 pm), Joe Papp in Five Acts (3 pm), and Kinderblock 66-Return to Buchenwald (5:15 pm) will be shown with director Q&A sessions following The Lost Town and Kinderblock 66-Return to Buchenwald.
Simon and The Oaks, an epic coming-of-age drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, will also be presented at the Drexel Theater at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12.
The Midweek Matinee will take place at the JCC at 1 pm on Wednesday, November 13, and will feature Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.
At 7 pm on Wednesday, November 13, a shorts double-feature at the Wexner Center for the Arts brings audiences Every Tuesday: A Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoonists and The Art of Spiegelman, and will offer discounted admission for Wexner members. A dessert reception follows both films at 8:15 pm.
God’s Neighbors, a prize-winner at numerous international film festivals including Cannes and Jerusalem and nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, will premiere in Columbus at the Drexel Theater at 7 pm on Thursday, November 14.
The festival’s closing night on Sunday, November 17, begins with The World is Funny at 5 p.m. at the JCC. The whimsical tragicomedy weaves together multiple storylines about family and the power of art and imagination in the face of despair. A deli dinner will follow at 7 pm (reservations required). Then, at 8 pm, the final film of the festival celebrates the golden age of Broadway musicals and their lasting impact in Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.
Tickets to all 2013 films cost $10 at the door; $8 for JCC members, seniors, and students. Opening night includes dessert reception and costs $20/ticket. The shorts double-feature offers discounted rates and includes dessert reception: $5 for students, seniors, and JCC/Wexner Arts members; $8/non-member advance tickets. A Reel Pass to all films and events costs $110 (a $140 value). To purchase tickets and make reservations for any of the 2013 Columbus Jewish Film Festival events, visit www.cjfilmfest.org or call (614) 559-6212.