Monday, March 18, 2013

5th Annual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival runs April 4-14

[Received this press release from the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival:]

ON SCREEN APRIL 4-14, 2013

It’s show time!  The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 5th season beginning with a Special Preview event on Thursday, April 4 followed by its official Opening Night on Saturday, April 6, 2013 and continuing through to the following Sunday, April 14, 2013.

This annual event is sponsored by the generous support of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, statewide corporate sponsors, and individual Friends of the Festival.

With diverse subject matter that is appealing to all cultures, the festival offers New Hampshire audiences the opportunity to view an eclectic mix of NH Premiere internationally acclaimed films, all which draw on humor, conflict and the day-to-day realities of modern Jewish life.

The festival will showcase ten films in eleven days in eight cities across the state.  Venues include the Jewish Federation building in Manchester, SERESC Event and Conference Center, Bedford, Cinemagic Stadium Theaters in both Merrimack and Hooksett, Red River Theatres in Concord, The Musical Hall Loft in Portsmouth and Redfern Arts Center in Keene.

The eleven day festival will hold a Special Preview Event celebrating the Festival’s 5th birthday at Jewish Federation of NH headquarters in Manchester on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The Federation will present the NH Premiere film Hava Nagila (the Movie).  This hilarious and surprising deep film follows the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America. The film will be followed by live music and dancing to the Raymond Street Klezmer Band and a birthday cake reception.               

The official Opening Night is Saturday, April 6, 2013 with an elegant evening at the SERESC Event and Conference Center in Bedford, NH. Beginning at 8:00 pm, Guests will arrive by walking the Red Carpet for their personal souvenir photo op followed by screening the #1 hit film of the French Film Festival, Paris-Manhattan. The film is a charming and warm hearted romantic comedy centered on a Woody Allen-obsessed Parisian pharmacist and her handsome would-be-lover. Woody Allen is featured in a cameo role in the film.  Attendees will enjoy a Café de Paris Dessert and Wine Reception following the film.

This year’s family film selection is David.  This movie is a must see for pre-teens and teens.  It is the moving story of an 11 year old boy from Brooklyn who struggles with the boundaries of faith and trust against New York’s multicultural backdrop.

The Festival closes on Sunday, April 14 with Jews in Toons, featuring nationally known four - time Emmy award winning writer of The Simpsons, Mike Reiss.  Mike will share and discuss classic Jewish episodes from The Simpsons.  Meet and greet Mike at The Simpsons Closing Event Party following the screening at Red River Theatres in Concord.  Jews in Toons is a New England Premiere film program.

Additional Films presented for the Festival will include these award winning NH premiere film selections:  Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes with special guest speaker, Harry Oesterreicher , My Australia, Room 514, The Other Son, Present Continuous, Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story. To learn more about each film, scheduling and to purchase tickets go online to

Linda Gerson and Pat Kalik are the Co- Chairs of the Festival presented by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.  Together they work year round with a large team of dedicated Festival volunteers to produce this important cultural event on the NH landscape.

Ms Gerson remarks, “This year’s 5th annual Festival features a unique and diverse selection of films and compelling programming with nationally known speakers and a variety of celebratory events.   

Ms. Kalik, adds, “Our Festival includes comedies and dramas to thought-provoking documentaries. We are proud to offer cutting edge, top flight films of Jewish content right here in New Hampshire.”

The upcoming festival is an important annual cultural event open to the statewide general public and beyond. Though each film connects to a Jewish theme, we emphasize that the subject matter is universal.

Jeff Fladen, Executive Director for Jewish Federation of NH states “We eagerly invite people of all faiths to join us and celebrate NH’s annual showcase of films from around the globe exploring the Jewish Experience.”

The Jewish Federation of New Hampshire is a Manchester, NH -based, not-for-profit organization.  It is an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America, one of the continent’s top ten charities, which represents 157 Jewish Federations and 400 Jewish communities. Annually, the JFNA raises $3 billion for social welfare, social services and education.