It’s Lights! Camera! Action! in Palm Beach with Tickets on Sale Now for The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

It’s Lights! Camera! Action! in Palm Beach with Tickets on Sale Now for The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Tickets are available for purchase on January 7, 2020; A full listing of films, schedules, locations, and ticket pricing can be found at www.PBJFF.org

Palm Beach County is ready for the spotlight with a stellar line-up for the 30th annual Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, taking place from January 26-February 16, 2020. The Festival is hosted by the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches and films will be shown in theaters in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Boynton Beach.

This year’s films, many of which will be having their regional premieres at the festival, span diverse themes from sports, politics and history to music, romance and religion. Evoking the past, present and future of Jewish life in the United States, Israel and far-flung corners of the world, the 32 festival selections and seven short films offer compelling dramas, light comedies and edge-of-your-seat thrillers. For 30 years, the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival has been a highlight of cultural programming in Palm Beach County. The mission of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life and its film committee devotes an incredible amount of time in effort into making the annual film festival a truly world-class event. This year, the committee has curated a schedule of movies that will resonate with film-goers of all ages and backgrounds. The Festival always attracts locals as well as tourists to its showings each year. Over its three-decade history, the event has been met with rave reviews by offering great cinema with riveting stories, stellar acting and brilliant direction. Each and every selection is a worthy film to experience.

The Festival’s opening day film on January 26, 2020 will be the Palm Beach County premiere of Aulcie, an inspiring film about Aulcie Perry, a remarkable American-born black athlete and basketball legend who captured the spirit of a nation during the summer of 1976 when he was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 1977, Perry led his team to its first European Championship and to what many called ‘the most extraordinary season in the club’s remarkable history,’ before converting to Judaism, adopting the Hebrew name Elisha ben Avraham, and becoming an Israeli citizen.

Aulcie is just one of sixteen films premiering in Palm Beach County as part of the Festival. Others include: • Flawless – A Teenage prom drama co-starring the first transgender actress to receive the Israeli Ophir Award.
The Rabbi Goes West – A Chabad rabbi has moved from Brooklyn out to Montana in order to bring his brand of Judaism to the American West.
• Here and Now – This thoroughly engaging slice-of-life film is both realistic and understated as four young immigrants, living in the slums of Ashdod improve their troubled lives through music.
Latter Day Jew – A lighthearted take on converting to Judaism as comedian H. Alan Scott gets personal when the gay ex-Mormon embarks on a religious journey.
Picture of His Life – Israeli photographer Amos Nachoum, one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, faces his ultimate personal challenge at age 65: photographing a polar bear, up close, without any protection.
The State Against Mandela and the Others – In 1963, Nelson Mandela and nine other confederates were tried on charges of trying to overthrow South Africa. Several of them, as well as members of Mandela’s legal team, were part of South Africa’s close-knit Jewish community and the film explores the very different sides on which the Jewish players in this drama found themselves in the name of freedom and liberty for all.

Schedule and Locations:
• Opening Day Matinee, January 26, 2020: Eissey Theater Campus, Palm Beach Gardens
• January 27 – February 1, 2020: Cobb Theater, Palm Beach Gardens
• February 2 – 8, 2020: Cinemark Theater, Boynton Beach
• February 9 – 15, 2020: Cinepolis Theater, Jupiter
• Closing Day Matinee, February 16, 2020, Eissey Theater Campus, Palm Beach Gardens

Screenings will be held at the Eissey Theatre on campus at Palm Beach State College and Cobb Theatres 16, both in Palm Beach Gardens; Cinemark 14 in Boynton Beach; and Cinepolis at the Shoppes in Jupiter. For a complete schedule and ticket information, please visit www.PBJFF.org. The box office can be reached at 877-318-0071. Tickets are available for purchase December 20 – January 6 exclusively to Film Society Members. The general public can purchase tickets on January 7, 2020. A full listing of films and schedules can be found at www.PBJFF.org.

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Additional Questions or Concerns:

The Mandel JCC has two locations: in Palm Beach Gardens at 5221 Hood Road and in Boynton Beach at 8500 Jog Road. For more information about JCC programs and services at both locations, visit www.JCConline.com.

The mission of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is to build community and enhance connection of Jewish life. The Mandel JCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.



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