Hartford Jewish Film Festival (app)

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What makes a Jewish film, well, Jewish?

It’s a question for which we have 21 star-studded answers, with an eclectic slate of first-run dramatic features, power-packed documentaries, biographies, musicals, comedies and shorts to amaze, inspire and entertain movie lovers. Our international search to discover new and unusual films that take Jewish storytelling to new heights yielded cinematic gems from Argentina, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Romania and the United States.

Journey to outer space in search of Ilan Ramon’s tiny Torah. Take a front row seat in a London theater for an epic Masada musical. TRIBUTE Observations on Survival and Spirit, sponsored by the Kirstein Family Holocaust Education Fund brings France’s movie event of the year, The Round Up to Hartford, joining The Matchmaker for their New England premieres. Don’t miss two Israeli Oscar contenders – Precious Life and The Human Resources Manager.

We’ve got the winning ticket with a Jewish Oympian’s Berlin story and our American Jewish love affair with baseball. Hollywood nostalgia buffs will enjoy the Warner Brothers saga. The chilling Leo Frank murder case is revisited in a powerful new drama, with director Ben Loeterman leading a Reel Talk.

Israeli and American filmmakers turn their lenses to the Middle East in the haunting love story Seven Minutes in Heaven and My So-Called Enemy. Director Lisa Gossels will discuss her bridge-building documentary in a Reel Talk. We dial it up a notch with three episodes of Israel TV’s hot new satire, Arab Labor.

You’ll be touched by Anita, the brave girl with Down’s syndrome who wanders Buenos Aires after a terror bombing. Talented performers from The Hartt School will honor the lost musicians of the Holocaust in our closing night Amnon’s Journey concert. Grover and Elmo join us for some Shalom Sesame Passover fun, and Senior Screen returns. A vintage film poster exhibit traces decades of Israeli cinema history.

Outstanding movies, brilliant storytellers, compelling programs…this is what makes a Jewish film festival. But it takes a committee of dedicated volunteers, generous donors, business and media sponsors, exemplary staff and visionary community leaders who devote hundreds of hours screening films, planning programs, reaching out to the community, and raising funds to present Connecticut’s largest Jewish cultural arts extravaganza.

Harriet J. Dobin, Director
15th Annual Mandell JCC
Hartford Jewish Film Festival

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The Mandell JCC’s Hartford Jewish Film Festival will be held March 26 – April 5, 2011. This event has its own iPhone app. Users can view the festival schedule, maintain a list of favorites, view online trailers, call or email the box office from within the app, and share their favorites with friends and family via email or Facebook!

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Entertainment
Released: January 04, 2011
Publisher: David Dobin, © HJFF and iDoTouch.com
Price: Free (get app)

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