Columbus Jewish Film Festival

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger

Thursday, May 16 at 7pm at the JCC
Baseball Theme Dinner Starting at 5:30

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.

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2019 AES Short Film Competition

Filmmakers of all backgrounds are invited to submit a short film in any genre relating to Judaism, Jewish culture or history, the Jewish experience, or other Jewish themes. Total prize package of up to $2500 including a grand prize of $1500 to be awarded during the Columbus Jewish Film Festival Nov. 3-17, 2019. Films may be of any genre/format (documentary, narrative, animated, etc.) with length of 4-12 minutes including credits. $10 entry fee per film, up to two submissions per applicant.

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Press Release

November 3-17, 2019
Two Weeks of Award-Winning,
International and Independent Film

The Columbus Jewish Film Festival invites you to join us on a two-week cinematic journey … a kaleidoscope of comedies, dramas and documentaries exploring the global Jewish experience with stories of joy and celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history.

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