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Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

JCC 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.

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) Followed by Q&A with protagonists

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

Co-presented by Hadassah New York

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!

Co-presented by Hadassah

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)

In collaboration with Hagiga Ivrit. 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)

Special Preview: The Road Within
  • Mon, Apr 06 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

After the passing of his mother, Vincent (Robert Sheehan), a young man with Tourette’s, finds himself at a center for those dealing with similar psychological disorders. Soon, he finds company in Marie (Zoë Kravitz), a young woman at the center for her anorexia, and Alex (Dev Patel), his OCD-stricken roommate. These unlikely companions, with clashing personalities, find themselves on a three-day journey, making for hilarious antics and unexpected new friendships. With Dr. Rose (Kyra Sedgwick), the head of the center, and Vincent’s father (Robert Patrick) in pursuit, Vincent, Marie and Alex find they’re perfectly capable of living their lives according to their own rules, while breaking some others in the meantime in this coming of age road comedy.

Dir. Gren Wells

(USA, 2015, 101 min)

Followed by a Q+A with Kyra Sedgwick

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!

Co-presented by Hadassah

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!

Co-presented by Hadassah

Saviors on the Screen Pass
  • Thu, Apr 16 10:30 AM
  • $20.00

Join us for a day of films in commemoration of Yom Hashoah.  Pass must be redeemed for tickets at the JCC box office. To reserve tickets call 646.505.5708.

Saviors on the Screen: Toni and Rosi
  • Thu, Apr 16 2:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The film tells the story of two Jewish sisters, Toni and Rosi Grunschlag, who have lived, practice,d and performed together as professional pianists at two pianos for nearly 80 years. Music has been their love and their strength, from the time it helped them escape Vienna in 1939, through when it found them a brief haven in England, to when they reunited with their parents in New York and begin their musical career.

Dir. Todd Murray, Will Wyatt

(UK/USA/Austria, 2012, 58 min)

 

Saviors on the Screen: 50 Children
  • Thu, Apr 16 6:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus never intended to become heroes. But in early 1939, as conditions were worsening for Jews living inside Nazi Germany, the Philadelphia couple embarked on a risky and improbable mission – an effort to rescue 50 Jewish children and bring them to safety in the United States.

Dir. Steven Pressman (USA, 2014, 62 min)

Saviors on the Screen: Ida
  • Thu, Apr 16 8:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Join us for the winner of the 2015 Foreign Language Academy Award.

In 1962 Poland Anna is about to take her vows to become a Catholic nun but must first meet her only survivng family - an aunt she didn't know existed. When her aunt, a former Communist state prosecutor, reveals to Anna that she is Jewish, the two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family.

Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski

(Poland, 2013, 82 min)

Patrolman P.
  • Tue, Apr 28 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

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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