Festival Chair Letter

Welcome to the 14th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to The Columbus Jewish Film Festival, 2018!

As we begin our 14th season, we remain committed to presenting the very finest in current, relevant, important Jewish films and programming. We are extremely proud of our outstanding lineup for this year!

This year’s films celebrate the strength of the human spirit. Our exciting accompanying programs will feature scholars, directors, and actors who will enhance your viewing experience.

Once again, the Festival will honor the memory of Andrew Ethan Stern, the beloved son of Rozanne and Jerry Stern. The Sterns have been longtime, dedicated patrons of the CJFF, and we are very grateful for their devotion and generosity.

This year’s films address the concepts of social justice (An Act of Defiance), human kindness (The Last Suit), self- discovery (Sammy Davis Jr.), loss (Longing), truth (The Testament), perseverance (Heading Home, Promise at Dawn), the preservation of our Jewish legacy (Who Will Write our History), and, in general, widening our circle of acceptance and love (The Cakemaker).

From our Gala Opening Night at the magnificent Columbus Museum of Art to Closing Night at the beautiful McCoy Center in New Albany … we have chosen wonderful venues across the Columbus area to accommodate filmgoers from near and far.

New to the Festival this year: there will be a presentation of a special Teen Screening (Once in a Lifetime). We will enjoy a fabulous Sunday Shorts Program, which will be preceded by the AES Short Film Competition Awards and screening of the winning films.

We are thrilled to welcome Sam Pollard, the director of Sammy Davis Jr., I’ve Gotta Be Me, to Opening Night. We are fortunate to introduce Roberta Grossman to our audience this year. Ms. Grossman is the producer/director of Who Will Write our History. We will also host co-director, Jeremy Newberger and Josh Zeid, pitcher for Team Israel from Heading Home: Tale of Team Israel. We feel certain that you will think of this year’s festival as Fabulous, Fantastic Fourteen!

We are beyond grateful for the generous and continued support of our sponsors. This steadfast support enables us to procure the finest available international films, and to invite world-famous guests to participate in the Festival. We are proud to have been the recipient of The Rabbi Nathan and Sylvia Gaynor Cultural Arts Award in 2017, and to be recognized as the most outstanding Jewish cultural arts event in Columbus. And we are thankful for all of you, our loyal film festival audience.

Look forward to seeing you at the movies!

Carol Glassman and Debby Kane, Co-Chairs