Festival Chair Letter

Welcome to the 13th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival!

We are extremely delighted to present our 13th season filled with an incredibly diverse lineup of films accentuated by numerous influential and acclaimed speakers. With the introduction of our brand new logo — the film festival feels totally transformed. Making its mark as Central Ohio’s most significant and comprehensive film festival, the movies explore prevalent societal topics such as LGBTQ issues, autism, racism and women’s rights. In special recognition, The 2017 Columbus Jewish Film Festival is in memory of Andrew Ethan Stern, son of Rozanne and Jerry Stern, long-time patrons of the Film Festival. Andrew is remembered for his vivacious spirit and selflessness while helping others, much like many of the great heroes in film.

An exciting opening night returns to the historic Lincoln Theater. An evening of magnificent film, delicious food and drink, and a first-rate reception will complement Shlomit Nahama, the screen writer of The Women’s Balcony, who will tell her story both through the film and in-person. What truly makes this year’s film festival remarkable is its reach into our community through powerful partnerships with BalletMet, OSU Dance and Stonewall Columbus. From opening night at the Lincoln Theater, to the JCC’s own Roth/Resler Theater, to grand venues across Central Ohio, each presentation captures part of the human condition, telling stories of escaping occupied France as a teenager (Franny’s Journey), to real-life teammates ripped apart by racism (Forever Pure), to a beautiful story of love and understanding for adults living with autism (Keep the Change). In a two-night “Center Piece”, Israeli producer/director Barak Heymann will present his films Mr. Gaga and Whose Gonna Love Me Now? providing behind-the-scenes insight on the world of dance and an apprehensive reunion between a banished man and his family. A total of thirteen films with deep and intriguing plots await their audience.

Without the generous and continued support of our sponsors, such an incredible lineup of international and poignant films would not be possible. It is a direct result of their support that we can present one of the nation’s most respected Jewish film festivals. With our deepest gratitude we thank them and our community partners, financial supporters and venue and in-kind donors. With the true support of our community, we can provide you, our loyal audience, with the best and biggest film festival yet!

Carol Glassman and Sandy Meizlish, Festival Co-Chairs

 

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