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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Magic: 3 film(s)
Houdini
Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish
The “Socalled” Movie


Houdini
George Marshall | USA | 1953 | 106mm
This special screening is presented in memory of the late Tony Curtis, and in conjunction with the exhibition, Houdini: Art and Magic, on view at The Jewish Museum. The story of the great magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini, comes to life in this colorful drama starring the late great Tony Curtis as Houdini, and the irresistible Janet Leigh as his faithful wife, Bess. From Houdini’s early days as Erich Weiss, a Jewish boy practicing on safes in Brooklyn, to his renowned death-defying escapes, this film is a rare treat. Screening will be followed by a performance by contemporary magical entertainer, Josh Rand.
Mon Jan 17: 1:00pm



Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish
Eve Annenberg | USA | 2010 | 91mm
U.S. Premiere
A middle-aged ER nurse—and bitterly lapsed observant Jew—undertakes a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare’s great classic. Meanwhile, her houseguest, also a Hasidic dropout, is “leaking” Kabbalistic magic, and enchants her studio apartment. In what might be the first Yiddish “mumblecore” film, Annenberg creates a parallel universe (aka Williamsburg, Brooklyn), where Romeo and Juliet stem from divergent streams of ultra-orthodox Judaism and speak their lines in street-smart Yiddish.
Eve Annenberg, director, and members of the cast and crew will be in attendance.

preceded by


Seltzer Works
Jessica Edwards | USA | 2010 | 7mm
In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen shlepped heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. In this short documentary, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors the drink’s place in history.
Jessica Edwards, director, will be in attendance at Jan 16 screening.
Sun Jan 16: 9:00pm
Wed Jan 26: 1:15pm



The “Socalled” Movie
Garry Beitel | Canada | 2010 | 86mm
Documentarian Garry Beitel (My Dear Clara, NYJFF 2003) returns with this kaleidoscopic portrait of artistically fearless klezmer hip-hop artist Socalled, aka Josh Dolgin. A pianist, singer, arranger, rapper, producer and composer (and also a magician, filmmaker, and visual artist), he’s blasting through the boundaries that separate music from different cultures, eras and generations. Shot in Socalled’s Montreal neighborhood, where Hasidic Jews and hipsters crowd the sidewalks, and in New York, France and Ukraine, The “Socalled” Movie is a multifaceted depiction of inspiration, collaboration, and transformation.
Garry Beitel, director, will be in attendance.
Sat Jan 22: 9:00pm
Sun Jan 23: 6:15pm



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