Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival

Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival An annual Festival screening films that are inspiring, educational and entertaining. Come for the fi The event was sold out and was tremendously successful.
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The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival entered the Port City’s cultural scene in October 2013 with a cheerful film celebrating Jewish songwriters’ contributions to Broadway musicals. That first film was followed by a speaker (the director) and then a catered reception offering many opportunities for conversation and community.

​These elements became signature features of the annual film festivals th

at followed every spring, beginning in 2014. The film screenings have attracted more and more viewers, and the festival has become an important part of the Jewish community as well as the Wilmington community-at-large. Screenings include internationally acclaimed films on Jewish themes and issues, both historical and contemporary. The selections represent the best of Jewish filmic creativity in the U.S., Israel, France, and other nations. A summer film series has recently been added to screen excellent films that could not be placed in the spring Festival.

In the fall of 2018, the Festival presented the North Carolina premier of the film, Who Will Write Our History. Director/producer Roberta Grossman was brought to Wilmington for a question-and-answer session after the screening. The Festival’s hosting venue is historic Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Wilmington. A signature feature of our festival is a reception that follows each of our films giving the audience an opportunity to discuss the film with fellow filmgoers. In response to the 2020 pandemic, the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival has shown films virtually. In the spring, FiddlerFest was an opportunity to watch a documentary about the making of Fiddler on the Roof as well a view a short of the original story. The Summer Series in August was held virtually with terrific response. Follow us on Facebook and/or subscribe to our website to be among the first to hear about upcoming screenings.

Good day, Festival Friends~ Be sure to come down for "The Monkey House" tonight, Thursday, at 7:00 pm!Enjoy the trailer ...
05/09/2024

Good day, Festival Friends~
Be sure to come down for "The Monkey House" tonight, Thursday, at 7:00 pm!
Enjoy the trailer below, this wonderful Israeli drama, and some delicious Kreamium Frozen Custard after the show!
https://vimeo.com/885881565
Thank you for your support throughout the Festival, dear Friends!
Be well and safe until we meet again!

This is "The Monkey House Trailer" by IsraeliFilms on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Friends and Fans of the Festival~Our final film will be shown tomorrow, Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm, and it's an Israeli dr...
05/08/2024

Friends and Fans of the Festival~
Our final film will be shown tomorrow, Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm, and it's an Israeli drama that you won't want to miss, "The Monkey House".
Israeli author Amitai Kariv, once a famous writer, sees his reputation fading. Crestfallen, he concocts a scheme to be remembered. Celebrated Israeli director Avi Nesher gives us a story about the roles people play, and how their lives change.
Be sure to join us for this final evening of the 2024 Spring Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival, and enjoy our Kreamium Frozen Custard reception after the show!
We appreciate all who came out and made the Festival a most exciting, educational, memorable, and inspiring event!
See you at the next Festival!

This has been one fantastic Film Festival, as always!Do not fear ~ we have one  film left to share with you!Please come ...
05/06/2024

This has been one fantastic Film Festival, as always!
Do not fear ~ we have one film left to share with you!
Please come to Thalian on Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm, and enjoy the Israeli drama, "The Monkey House".
The story is about Israeli author Amitai Kariv, once a famous writer, who sees his reputation fading. Crestfallen, he concocts a scheme to be remembered. Celebrated Israeli director Avi Nesher gives us a story about the roles people play, and how their lives change.
See the trailer below for an inside peek about the film.
https://vimeo.com/885881565
Get your tickets today, and be sure to stay and enjoy our final delicious Kreamium Frozen Custard Reception after the film!
Thank you for attending the 2024 Spring Festival ~
We hope to see you again soon!

This is "The Monkey House Trailer" by IsraeliFilms on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 5! An afternoon / night time event!Come at 3 pm and celebrate the Festival's 10th Anniversary! Smi...
05/04/2024

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 5! An afternoon / night time event!
Come at 3 pm and celebrate the Festival's 10th Anniversary!
Smile through our afternoon documentary, "Remembering Gene Wilder", then stay for our RSVP dinner in the City Hall Ball Room!
Our 7 pm film is a dramatic comedy, "The Way to Happiness" ~
Enjoy the film as well as our delicious Kreamium Frozen Custard Reception!
It looks to be a memorable day at the Festival!
See trailers for both films by clicking the links below, and buy your tickets TODAY!
"Remembering Gene Wilder":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNCtLXOJgdg
"The Way to Happiness":
https://vimeo.com/858835475

In theaters March 15.This loving tribute to Gene Wilder celebrates his life and legacy as the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles, from...

Hello, WJFF Fans~Be sure to catch tomorrow's (Saturday, May 4)  feature film, the musical comedy, "Less Than Kosher", pr...
05/03/2024

Hello, WJFF Fans~
Be sure to catch tomorrow's (Saturday, May 4) feature film, the musical comedy, "Less Than Kosher", preceded by the short documentary film, "Space Torah". The event begins at 7 pm.
* "Less Than Kosher" is about Viv, who, at age 20, was a promising young singer. At 30, her failing music career has forced her back into her mother's basement. But when this self proclaimed Bad Jew lands ass-backwards into a job as a Cantor at her family's synagogue, she’s thrown into a wild ride. It’s “Shiva Baby” meets “A Star is Born.” Modern Jewish wit and Hebrew Electro-Pop.
* "Space Torah" is the true story of NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman, who, in 1996, brought a small Torah scroll on board Space Shuttle Columbia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Enjoy a wine and cheese dessert reception after the shows!

Hello, WJFF Fans!* Sunday, May 5, is a very special day at the Festival.  A 3:00 pm, a celebration of the 10th anniversa...
05/03/2024

Hello, WJFF Fans!
* Sunday, May 5, is a very special day at the Festival.
A 3:00 pm, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Festival will acknowledge and pay tribute to its founders, those who gave birth to this very special Wilmington event!
* After the 10th Anniversary celebration, the documentary film "Remembering Gene Wilder", will be shown. We look forward to the memories provoked by seeing the many roles played by this vey talented actor!
* A dinner will then be held at the City Hall Ballroom.
This dinner will be for guests who sent in RSVP's, saying that they would attend.
* At 7:00 pm, "The Way to Happiness", a drama/comedy, will be shown, followed by Kreamium Frozen Custard.
*See trailers for both films below, and we'll see YOU at the Festival!
"Remembering Gene Wilder" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNCtLXOJgdg
"The Way to Happiness" -
https://vimeo.com/858835475

Saül Birnbaum is a “hidden child”, separated from his parents at the age of 6 to escape the upcoming Shoah, sent by a Kindertransport abroad, from Vienna…

* Tonight, at 7 pm, we will show our first film, "Irena's Vow"!  * So exciting!  Be sure to catch the Festival's opening...
05/01/2024

* Tonight, at 7 pm, we will show our first film, "Irena's Vow"!
* So exciting! Be sure to catch the Festival's opening night!
* Chocolate & Sweet Bites will wrap up the evening's program ~
You must also catch the documentary, "The Catskills", tomorrow night, Thursday, May 2, at 7 pm!
With a trove of lost-and-found archival footage and a cast of characters endowed with the gift of gab, "The Catskills" journeys into the storied mountain getaway north of New York City that served as refuge for Jewish immigrants fleeing poverty as well as a lavish playground for affluent Jewish families.
Stand-up comedians share their best shtick while former waiters, entertainers, and dance instructors recount tales of the family-run resorts and bungalows that inspired films like "Dirty Dancing."
A dessert reception will follow the show ~
Get your tickets now, and we'll see you there!

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival presents The Catskills as part of their 10th annual festival the first week in May.Check website for further details.www....

Hi, WJFF Fans!It's almost here! TOMORROW starts our 2024 Spring Festival!  Come out and see the drama, "Irena's Vow", an...
04/30/2024

Hi, WJFF Fans!
It's almost here! TOMORROW starts our 2024 Spring Festival! Come out and see the drama, "Irena's Vow", and join us for Chocolate & Sweet Bites after the show!
View the trailer that is posted below ~
The film starts at 7 pm, so get your tickets NOW, and we'll see you there!

Only in theaters April 15th & 16th Through the eyes of a strong-willed woman comes the remarkable true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, and the triumphs of the hum...

Hello, Festival Friends! Join us on Saturday, May 4, at 7 pm, and take in the musical comedy "Less Than Kosher", precede...
04/29/2024

Hello, Festival Friends!
Join us on Saturday, May 4, at 7 pm, and take in the musical comedy "Less Than Kosher", preceded by the short documentary film, "Space Torah"!
The evening is concluded with a wine/cheese/dessert reception.
Take a peek at each film's trailer, and buy your tickets today!

~ "Less Than Kosher" ~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G4sR_IB3z0&t=3s

~ "Space Torah" ~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpuMDJ40X5M&t=56s

Coming Soon from Menemsha Filmshttp://www.MenemshaFilms.com

This Thursday, May 2, be sure to catch "The Catskills" at 7 pm!"The Catskills" is a feature-length documentary film on t...
04/28/2024

This Thursday, May 2, be sure to catch "The Catskills" at 7 pm!
"The Catskills" is a feature-length documentary film on the rise and fall of the Borscht Belt.
Many fond memories should be provoked as you take in this nostalgic piece of art!
Enjoy the trailer, please join us, and be sure to stay for a dessert reception after the show.
~ Get your tickets NOW, and we'll see YOU at "The Catskills"! ~

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival presents The Catskills as part of their 10th annual festival the first week in May.Check website for further details.www....

On Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm, we will feature the final film of this spring's Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival."The Monkey...
04/27/2024

On Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm, we will feature the final film of this spring's Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival.
"The Monkey House" is a drama about Israeli author Amitai Kariv, once a famous writer, who sees his reputation fading. Crestfallen, he concocts a scheme to be remembered. Celebrated Israeli director, Avi Nesher, gives us a story about the roles people play and how their lives change.
* Get your tickets today, join us for this final film presentation, and stay for Kreamium Frozen Custard after the film! *

Our first film, "Irena's Vow", is coming up on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm!The film follows the life of a Polish nurse, Ir...
04/26/2024

Our first film, "Irena's Vow", is coming up on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm!
The film follows the life of a Polish nurse, Irena Gut Opdyke, who was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations medal for showing remarkable courage in her attempt to save Polish Jews during World War II.
Take a moment and view the trailer by clicking the link below ~ Come to the Festival on opening night, and enjoy chocolates and sweets after the show ~
See you there!

Only in theaters April 15th & 16th Through the eyes of a strong-willed woman comes the remarkable true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, and the triumphs of the hum...

04/23/2024

As a reminder, here is the exciting lineup for the Spring 2024 Festival!
* Wednesday, May 1, 7 pm - "Irena's Vow"
* Thursday, May 2, 7 pm - "The Catskills"
* Saturday, May 4, 7 pm - "Less Than Kosher", with short film, "Space Torah"
* Sunday, May 5, 3 pm - "Remembering Gene Wilder", with Celebration of 10 years for the Festival and optional dinner
7 pm - "The Way to Happiness"
* Thursday, May 9, 7 pm - "The Monkey House"
Tickets are available at the Thalian Hall Box Office - purchase yours today!

Sunday, May 5, will be a very exciting day for Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival and its attendees!* We will present the d...
04/21/2024

Sunday, May 5, will be a very exciting day for Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival and its attendees!
* We will present the documentary, "Remembering Gene Wilder" ,at 3:00 pm ~
This loving tribute to Gene Wilder celebrates his life and legacy as the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles. Illustrated with a bevy of touching and hilarious clips and outtakes, "Remembering Gene Wilder" shines a light on a quintessential performer, writer, director, and all-around Mensch.
* An optional dinner will be provided after a 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Festival!
* At 7:00 pm, we will present the drama/comedy, "The Way to Happiness"; Saül Birnbaum is a “hidden child”, separated from his parents at the age of 6 to escape the upcoming Shoah, sent by a Kindertransport abroad, from Vienna to Brussels. In 1986, as Saül is on the road to resilience, he tries to reinvent his life and to re-enchant it.
Don''t miss these films and this exciting day for the Festival!
Stay a bit, and enjoy Kreamium Frozen Custard after the show!

Hello, Festival Fans!Be sure to catch our short film AND featured film on Saturday, May 4, at 7 pm!The short film, "Spac...
04/20/2024

Hello, Festival Fans!
Be sure to catch our short film AND featured film on Saturday, May 4, at 7 pm!
The short film, "Space Torah", is a documentary, set in 1996, when NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman brought a small Torah scroll on board Space Shuttle Columbia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
The featured film, "Less Than Kosher", is a musical comedy that introduces us to Viv, who, at 20, was a promising young singer. At 30, her failing music career has forced her back into her mother's basement. But when this self proclaimed Bad Jew lands ass-backwards into a job as a Cantor at her family's synagogue, she’s thrown into a wild ride. It’s “Shiva Baby” meets “A Star is Born.” Be ready for modern Jewish wit and Hebrew Electro-Pop.
And be sure to join us for a delicious wine and cheese reception after the shows!

Thursday, May 2, at 7 pm, the Festival will feature a nostalgic film called "The Catskills", a feature-length documentar...
04/18/2024

Thursday, May 2, at 7 pm, the Festival will feature a nostalgic film called "The Catskills", a feature-length documentary film on the rise and fall of the Borscht Belt. Mark your calendars, and be sure to attend this film that is sure to bring back fond memories to many! A dessert reception follows the show!

"Irena's Vow" is our first film, to be shown on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm. Warsaw, 1939: when the N***s invade Poland, n...
04/17/2024

"Irena's Vow" is our first film, to be shown on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm.
Warsaw, 1939: when the N***s invade Poland, nurse Irena Gut (Sophie Nélisse) is displaced and forced to work in support of the German war effort, eventually assigned to run the home of a N**i commandant (Dougray Scott). Instead of following the path of least resistance and gambling on her status and ethnicity to keep her safe, Gut risks everything to save a dozen Jewish refugees from persecution and murder, sheltering them under her boss’s nose. With anti-semitism proudly elbowing its way back onto the national stage, it sadly feels urgent and necessary to give this story a dramatic spotlight. Join us and let's pay tribute to Irena and her most dangerous and risky vow.
Chocolate & sweet bites follow the show! See you there!

The 2024 Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is right around the corner, with the Festival's opener, "Irena's Vow", featured...
04/17/2024

The 2024 Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is right around the corner, with the Festival's opener, "Irena's Vow", featured on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm. Don't miss this fabulous opening feature! See you there!

07/14/2023

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The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival entered the Port City’s cultural scene in October 2013 with a cheerful film celebrating Jewish songwriters’ contributions to Broadway musicals. That first film was followed by a speaker (the director) and then a catered reception offering many opportunities for conversation and community.

These elements became signature features of the annual film festivals that followed every spring, beginning in 2014. The film screenings have attracted more and more viewers, and thefestival has become an important part of the Jewish community as well as the Wilmington community at large

Screenings include internationally acclaimed films on Jewish themes and issues, both historical and contemporary. The selections represent the best of Jewish filmic creativity in the U.S., Israel, France, and other nations. A summer film series has recently been added to screen excellent films that could not be placed in the spring Festival.

In the fall of 2018, the Festival presented the North Carolina premier of the film, Who Will Write Our History. Director/producer Roberta Grossman was brought to Wilmington for a question-and-answer session after the screening. The event was sold out and was tremendously successful.