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Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

The JCC in Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on pertinent themes. Featuring previews and special engagements, CINEMATTERS emphasizes films on social justice, social action, and matters crucial to our New York community and society at large. Presenting movies from around the world, our screenings include special guest speakers, filmmakers, actors, and other interactive opportunities to further engage with the themes in our award-winning films. We believe films move and impact audiences and are one of the most compelling ways to effect change. We invite you to be inspired, join the conversation, and begin to change our world.



 

Upcoming Screenings

Winter Season Film Pass
  • 1/6/2015 - 4/28/2015
  • $50.00 / $70.00

Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers.

*USAGE NOTES: Winters season runs from 1/1/15-4/30/15. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in The JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events.

A Universal Language
  • Tue, Mar 03 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The exciting and hilarious once in a lifetime journey of six Canadian comedians, among them Canadian comedy icon Mark Breslin, as they explore comedy, identity and history throughout the Holy Land and use the weapons of comedy to try and bring laughter to the Middle East.

Dir. Igal Hecht (Canada, 2013, 80 min)

Followed by a conversation with Director Igal Hecht and the film's protaganist, Comedian Aaron Berg.

ReelAbilities 2015 JCC Film Pass
  • 3/12/2015 - 3/18/2015
  • $75.00

Get access to all films screening as part of the 7th annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival at the JCC Manhattan, excluding special events.* Pass does not guarantee seating. Please call the JCC box office to reserve your tickets.

* Special events include: Opening Night Red Carpet Screening, Shabbat Dinner, Film and Conversation, ReelAbilities Comedy Night and Closing Night Film.

Opening Night: The Finishers at The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
  • Thu, Mar 12 7:00 PM
  • $50.00

To purchase tickets to opening night click here.

At 17 years old, Julien has a great sense of humor, bags of charm, and cerebral palsy. In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice, France, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. Doing the race alone is an incredible challenge, but completing it together with Julien would be nearly impossible. Still, his father agrees and the two set out to train for and compete in one of the most intense races on earth. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary journey, and a moving portrait of the love between a father and his son.

Dir. Nils Tavernier (95 min, France/Belgium, 2013, Narrative)

Opening Night will take place at The Intrepid: Air, Sea, and Space Museum. The screening will be preceded by a performance by The Voice competitor Blessing Offer and followed by a party at Hudson Terrace.

 

 

The Finishers
  • Fri, Mar 13 10:30 AM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

At 17 years old, Julien has a great sense of humor, bags of charm, and cerebral palsy. In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice, France, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. Doing the race alone is an incredible challenge, but completing it together with Julien would be nearly impossible. Still, his father agrees and the two set out to train for and compete in one of the most intense races on earth. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary journey, and a moving portrait of the love between a father and his son.

Dir. Nils Tavernier (95 min, France/Belgium, 2013, Narrative)

 

 

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Riding My Way Back at NYU
  • Fri, Mar 13 2:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

When Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, third-degree burns and nerve damage, he was introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fredand.ccompanied by a riviting conversation with filmmakers and special guests.

Dir. Robin Fryday, + Peter Rosenbaum (USA / English / 29 min)

Shown with On Beauty:

Photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world along with its restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows.

Dir. Joanna Rudnick (USA / English / 30 min)

Reel Encounters
  • Fri, Mar 13 2:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Join us for a collection of short films:

COACHING COLBURN

Dir. Jeff Bemiss, 16 min, USA, Documentary

James Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who finds joy in small things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him.

 

GUEST ROOM

Dir. Joshua Tate, 14 min, USA, Narrative

A young woman with Down Syndrome grapples with her identity and her potential as a mother

after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend.

 

THE GIFT

Dir. Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey,16 min, Australia, Narrative
Grace is forced to face her own sexuality and the strain on her marriage when her son Charlie, who has Cerebral Palsy, asks to lose his virginity for his birthday.

 

HEAR THIS!

Dir. Soulaima El Khaldi, 15 min, Netherlands, Documentary

When 10-year-old Tristan wants his dad to become the trainer of his soccer team, the club won’t allow it because his father is deaf. Tristan decides to prove them wrong.

 

THE HYPERGLOT

Dir. Michael Urie, 25 min, USA, Narrative

Jake speaks many languages but when it comes to the language of love he has a lot to learn.

 

THE KISS

Dir. Charlie Swinbourne, 7 min, UK, Narrative

When a couple on a first date strikes up a conversation with the couple on the next table, they

find themselves witnessing a very unusual kiss....

 

MIDFIELD

Dir. Pedro Amorim, 6 min, Portugal, Documentary

An ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his

job with surprising grace and simplicity — but when Sunday comes, an altogether different man

emerges.

 

ON BEAUTY

Dir. Joanna Rudnick, 30 min, USA/Kenya, Documentary

Photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world along with its restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows.

 

Q FILM

Dir. Alice Elliot, 2 min, USA, Documentary

A man enters a pool area, gets out of his wheelchair, and goes for a swim.

 

RIDING MY WAY BACK

Dir. Robin Fryday, 29 min, USA, Documentary

When Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

with traumatic brain injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, third-degree burns and nerve

damage, he was introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fredand.

 

ROLLING ROMANCE

Dir. David Conley, 28 min, USA, Narrative
Orson and Janice, two twenty-somethings with muscular dystrophy, go on an Internet date.

 

SUPER

Dir. Samara Hersch, 6 min, Australia, Narrative

A mockumentary in which a supermarket manager saves the business when he discovers his

employees with disabilities have super powers.

 

 

Shabbat Dinner, Film, and Conversation
  • Fri, Mar 13 6:30 PM
  • $50.00

Join ReelAbilities for a Friday night dinner, marking the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, featuring a viewing of On Beauty, The Astronaut's Secret, and Riding My Way Back, accompanied by a riviting conversation with filmmakers and special guests.

Advanced registration required.

Shabbat Dinner, Film, and Conversation - VIP TABLE
  • Fri, Mar 13 6:30 PM
  • $75.00

Join filmmakers and other special guests at the VIP table.

ReelAbilities' Friday night dinner, will mark the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, with a viewing of On Beauty, The Astronaut's Secret, and Riding My Way Back, accompanied by a riviting conversation with filmmakers and special guests.

Advanced registration required.

The Finishers at the Intrepid
  • Sat, Mar 14 12:00 PM
  • $10.00

At 17 years old, Julien has a great sense of humor, bags of charm, and cerebral palsy. In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice, France, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. Doing the race alone is an incredible challenge, but completing it together with Julien would be nearly impossible. Still, his father agrees and the two set out to train for and compete in one of the most intense races on earth. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary journey, and a moving portrait of the love between a father and his son.

Dir. Nils Tavernier (95 min, France/Belgium, 2013, Narrative)

 

 

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The Astronaut's Secret at The Intrepid
  • Sat, Mar 14 2:30 PM
  • $10.00

Shown with Riding My Way Back.

RIDING MY WAY BACK:

When Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistanwith traumatic brain injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, third-degree burns and nervedamage, he was introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fredand.

Dir. Robin Fryday (29 min, USA, Documentary)

THE ASTRONAUT'S SECRET:

In 1996, Michael ‘Rich’ Clifford performed the first American spacewalk while docked to the Russian Mir Space Station. Fifteen years later Rich Clifford reveals that he had Parkinson’s disease while performing that spacewalk.

Dir.  Zach Jankovic (USA / English / 30 min)

Jerry McGill: Author Talk
  • Sat, Mar 14 2:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Jerry McGill was thirteen years old, walking home through the LES projects, when a stranger shot him in the back. Jerry survived and became a quadriplegic. The man who shot him was never caught. Thirty years later, Jerry addresses him in a memoir and with grace, honesty, and humor, takes us on a dramatic and inspiring journey—from the streets of 1980s New York, to the challenges of living with a disability, to the long, difficult road to acceptance, forgiveness and, ultimately, triumph.

REELationships
  • Sat, Mar 14 3:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Join us for a collection of short films about love and relationships

GUEST ROOM

Dir. Joshua Tate, 14 min, USA, Narrative

A young woman with Down Syndrome grapples with her identity and her potential as a mother

after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend.

 

THE GIFT

Dir. Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey,16 min, Australia, Narrative
Grace is forced to face her own sexuality and the strain on her marriage when her son Charlie, who has Cerebral Palsy, asks to lose his virginity for his birthday.

 

THE HYPERGLOT

Dir. Michael Urie, 25 min, USA, Narrative

Jake speaks many languages but when it comes to the language of love he has a lot to learn.

 

THE KISS

Dir. Charlie Swinbourne, 7 min, UK, Narrative

When a couple on a first date strikes up a conversation with the couple on the next table, they

find themselves witnessing a very unusual kiss....

 

ROLLING ROMANCE

Dir. David Conley, 28 min, USA, Narrative
Orson and Janice, two twenty-somethings with muscular dystrophy, go on an Internet date.

 

Audio Desciption Presentation
  • Sat, Mar 14 4:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Using film exerpts and conversation, ReelAbilities' talented and dedicated audio describers David LInton, Erin DeWard, and Michelle Spitz will demonstrate how an audio description track is created for a film and the decisions that the describers need to make.

(IN)VISIBLE
  • Sat, Mar 14 4:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Join Michigan’s Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein in conversation with Jason Harris, founder of Jason’s Connections, who will share their experiences, views, and message on life with a disability—the visible and the hidden.

Jon Imber's Left Hand
  • Sat, Mar 14 5:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Jon Imber’s Left Hand traces this artist’s life and adaptations due to ALS, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determined: and he creates more than 100 portraits in three month. The film first encounters Imber in his studio with his partner analyzing his self-portrait and talking about the terror to come. The painting becomes an unsettling metaphor of his psychological journey, living into his dying through his art.

Dir. Richard Kane (63 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

 

 

Keep Rollin'
  • Sat, Mar 14 8:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Shown with Q Film.

After incurring a spinal cord injury after a snowboarding accident, Valentin is forced by his father to participate in a theatre project for people with disabilities. In his resistance to the idea, Valentin has only one ray of hope – Mira, a beautiful caretaker. But there’s a problem: she’s going steady with a local slime-ball named Marc. Out of frustration about himself and the world, Valentin decides to rob the gas station where Marc works. His housemates, Lukas and Titus, are all for it and offer their help. It is the beginning of a man-to-man friendship and an adventurous plan that may or may not be successful.

Dir. Stefan Hillebrand + Oliver Paulus (95 min, Switzerland/Germany, 2013, Narrative)

Q FILM:

A man enters a pool area, gets out of his wheelchair, and goes for a swim.
Dir. Alice Elliot (2 min, USA, Documentary)

 

DCTV Filmmaking Workshop
  • Sun, Mar 15 12:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Founded in 1972, DCTV provides affordable filmmaking workshops, equipment rentals, post-production facilities, screenings, and a renowned youth program. In 2014, DCTV inaugurated the Media Enabled Musketeers program for individuals with disabilities and filmmakers interested in disability issues. Join us for screenings of the Media Enabled Musketeers films and a speed filmmaking workshop for beginners.

Advance registration recommended.

No Ordinary Hero: The Super Deafy
  • Sun, Mar 15 2:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Shown with Hear This!

Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, No Ordinary Hero (featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin) is the evolution story of a hero in this family drama. While Tony Kane, a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy, Jacob Lang, to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself. Jacob is being bullied at school and is constantly misunderstood by his father. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves.

Dir. Troy Kotsur (78 min, USA, 2013, Narrative)

HEAR THIS!:

When 10-year-old Tristan wants his dad to become the trainer of his soccer team, the club won’t allow it because his father is deaf. Tristan decides to prove them wrong. 

Dir. Soulaima El Khaldi (15 min, Netherlands, Documentary)

No Ordinary Hero - Trailer from Hilari Scarl on Vimeo.

The Case of the Three Sided Dream at The New School
  • Sun, Mar 15 3:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Shown with Midfield.

Blind from infancy, and paralyzed by a stroke at adulthood, jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s reality was underpinned by an understanding of the world around him, which was rooted primarily in sound. Through communicating sonically with his surroundings, Kirk developed a unique ability to see in music, as everyday items were re-imagined as instruments and each seemingly insignificant noise revealed its own rhythm and cadence. It was in dreams that Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s most brilliant visions—such as playing multiple horns at once—would often be granted.

Dir. Adam Kahan (88 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

MIDFIELD:

Dir. Pedro Amorim (Portugal / Portuguese / 6 min)

 An ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his job with surprising grace and simplicity — but when Sunday comes, an altogether different man emerges.

Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective
  • Sun, Mar 15 4:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Autistic Like Me examines the lives of fathers and male caregivers raising children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dispelling the archaic notion of “big boys don’t cry,” Autistic Like Me uniquely chronicles the emotional struggle of a group of fathers as they open up to one another about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a very different parenting experience than they had envisioned. The film candidly captures the journeys of these families, demonstrating that when a child is diagnosed with autism, the whole family is affected. Autistic Like Me brings these fathers into focus, who's difficult time accepting the reality of their children's autism often leads to the fracturing of their families. The men featured in Autistic Like Me are at various stages of their journey toward that acceptance and, catalyzed by the film, begin expressing emotions they’ve previously suppressed.

Dir. Charles Jones (82 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

Endless Abilities
  • Sun, Mar 15 6:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Shown with Midfield.

Four best friends drive across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals who, like them, have with physical disabilities, and live to tell the story in a documentary film. Their cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active -- from rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes. The quartet goes rock climbing with people who are blind, play soccer with quadriplegics, and swim with athletes with muscular dystrophy… to name a just few. Through th

Dir. Harvey Burrell+ Tripp Clemens (72 min ,USA , 2013, Documentary)

MIDFIELD:

An ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his job with surprising grace and simplicity — but when Sunday comes, an altogether different man.

Dir. Pedro Amorim (6 min, Portugal, Documentary)

The Case of the Three Sided Dream
  • Sun, Mar 15 8:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Blind from infancy, and paralyzed by a stroke at adulthood, jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s reality was underpinned by an understanding of the world around him, which was rooted primarily in sound. Through communicating sonically with his surroundings, Kirk developed a unique ability to see in music, as everyday items were re-imagined as instruments and each seemingly insignificant noise revealed its own rhythm and cadence. It was in dreams that Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s most brilliant visions—such as playing multiple horns at once—would often be granted.

Dir. Adam Kahan (88 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective at NYU
  • Mon, Mar 16 6:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Autistic Like Me examines the lives of fathers and male caregivers raising children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dispelling the archaic notion of “big boys don’t cry,” Autistic Like Me uniquely chronicles the emotional struggle of a group of fathers as they open up to one another about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a very different parenting experience than they had envisioned. The film candidly captures the journeys of these families, demonstrating that when a child is diagnosed with autism, the whole family is affected. Autistic Like Me brings these fathers into focus, who's difficult time accepting the reality of their children's autism often leads to the fracturing of their families. The men featured in Autistic Like Me are at various stages of their journey toward that acceptance and, catalyzed by the film, begin expressing emotions they’ve previously suppressed.

Dir. Charles Jones (82 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

Mimi and Dona
  • Mon, Mar 16 6:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Shown with Coaching Colburn

What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years, it means facing the inevitable: she will not outlive her daughter and must find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family – and details the ripple effects of Dona’s disability on three generations of a Texas family.

Dir. Sophie Sartain (66 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

COACHING COLBURN:

James Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who finds joy in small things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him.
Dir. Jeff Bemiss (16 min, USA, Documentary)

Marie's Story
  • Mon, Mar 16 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century, Marie’s Story follows the story of a deaf and blind fourteen-year-old girl who can’t communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is “dumb,” Marie’s father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior’s skepticism notwithstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to bring her to open up to her surroundings.

Dir. Jean-Pierre Améris (95 min, France, 2014, Narrative)

Gabriel
  • Tue, Mar 17 6:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused teenager longing for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with mental illness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend holds the answer to all his troubles, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit, testing the limits of his compassionate family as his inner demons begin to close in around him. First-time writer-director Lou Howe's portrait of a young man at the breaking point of his psychological battle is a powerful debut that will resonate long after its haunting final moments.

Dir. Lou Howe (87 min, USA, 2014, Narrative)

Login 2 Life
  • Tue, Mar 17 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $13.00

Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. Centered around people who have found communities online, Login 2 Life profiles people deeply immersed in virtual worlds, including individuals who are homebound because of their disabilities, and attempts to understand what these individuals get from their virtual lives.

Dir. Daniel Moshel (86 min, USA, 2012, Documentary)

Jon Imber's Left Hand at The New School
  • Wed, Mar 18 6:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Shown with On Beauty.

Jon Imber’s Left Hand traces this artist’s life and adaptations due to ALS, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determined: and he creates more than 100 portraits in three month. The film first encounters Imber in his studio with his partner analyzing his self-portrait and talking about the terror to come. The painting becomes an unsettling metaphor of his psychological journey, living into his dying through his art.

Dir. Richard Kane (63 min, USA, 2014, Documentary)

 ON BEAUTY:

Photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world along with its restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows.

Joanna Rudnick (USA / English / 30 min)

 

 

Closing Night: The Special Need
  • Wed, Mar 18 6:30 PM
  • $18.00

Film Screening + Reception

29 year old Enea really wants to have sex. As Italy doesn’t offer any legal solution for the desires of a person with autism, Enea decides to set out on a journey to Northern Europe with his friends Carlo and Alex. What begins as a search for physical love ends up posing new questions and new, unexpected answers.

Dir. Carlo Zoratti (84 min, Italy/Germany/Austria/France, Italian/German, 2013, Documentary)

ReelAbilities Comedy Night
  • Wed, Mar 18 9:00 PM
  • $15.00

Don’t miss this special evening featuring a remarkable slate of comedians and performers, celebrating diversity and creativity with laughter and humor. In memory of Stella Young.

Touch the Wall
  • Sun, Mar 22 4:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The story of two amazing women and their their journey to swimming's highest stage - the 2012 London Olympics. The young phenom (Missy Franklin) is just beginning her career and is saddled with mile-high expectations; the veteran (Kara Lynn Joyce) is trying to rediscover the juice that took her the previous two Olympics. Touch the Wall is a story of winning and losing, of commitment, and triumph through adversity. It’s also a story of family, of loving what you do, and having fun with the people around you. In a world starved for heroes, Missy and Kara stand tall in Touch the Wall.

Dir. Grant Barbeito and Christo Brock (USA, 2014, 101 min)

Red Father
  • Thu, Mar 26 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The story of the rise and fall of Bernard Ades— a Communist Jewish lawyer who sought to end systemic legal racism in Maryland, fought fascism with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, and became a target himself during the dark days of America's McCarthyism.

Dir. Tova Beck-Friedman (USA, 2014, 56 min)

Followed by a conversation with the director.

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Sun, Mar 29 3:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

Get a free box of Streit's matzo at the screening!

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Sun, Mar 29 5:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

Get a free box of Streit's matzo at the screening!

The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)
  • Mon, Mar 30 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Yehezkel and his wife Levana are in their 70s, lliving a comfortable life inside a Jerusalem retirement home. But when their friend Max falls prey to an irreversible illness, they face a terrible shock. When Max asks Yehezkel to help him die with dignity, Yehezkel, a longtime amateur inventor, rises to the challenge by constructing a machine that will allow Max to self-administer a lethal dose of tranquilizers. Levana, however, believes that such a device is immoral, and expresses her passionate disapproval. But when Levana herself begins to face a serious health issue, Yehezkel finds that his feelings about his new contraption become increasingly complicated.

Dir. Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit
(Israel, 2014, 90 min)

Opening in theaters mid-April.

24 Days
  • Tue, Mar 31 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

January 20, 2006. After dinner with his family, Ilan Halimi called an attractive girl he had met at work and made plans to meet her for coffee. The next time Ilan's family heard from him, it was through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding a ransom in exchange for their son's life. For the next 24 days Ilan’s family waited. Based on a book co-written by the victim's mother.

Dir. Alexandre Arcady (France, 2014, 108 min)

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Tue, Apr 07 6:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

Get a free box of Streit's matzo at the screening!

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream
  • Tue, Apr 07 8:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit's matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit's remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream.

Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)

Get a free box of Streit's matzo at the screening!

Patrolman P.
  • Tue, Apr 28 7:30 PM
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In 1971 the Knapp Commission, entrusted to expose corruption in the New York Police Department, face a major problem—their main source, Frank Serpico, won't wear a wire. A corrupt cop named William Phillips agrees to become their undercover agent in exchange for immunity from a bribery charge, and the evidence he eventually collects leads directly to the indictment of thirty New York cops. But the tables quickly turn when Phillips himself is convicted of a double-homicide. Three decades later and still in prison, Phillips claims he's the victim of a massive police conspiracy.

Dir. Ido Mizrahy (USA, 2013, 91 min)

Followed by a conversation with the director.

Patrolman P Trailer from Ido Mizrahy on Vimeo.

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