Join us for premieres and previews, meet filmmakers, and engage in conversations about topics central to our community.


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

Fall Season Film Pass
  • 9/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
  • $55.00 / $75.00

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.

Fall season runs from 9/1/17-12/31/17. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings.

To ensure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Pass does not constitute ticket to film/events. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby or call the box office at 646-505-5708.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • 11/25/2017 - 11/30/2017
  • $10.00 / $15.00

Dir. Alexandra Dean (USA, 2017, 90 min.)

Hedy Lamarr, the 1940s screen siren, was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, and Clark Gable on the big screen. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary brings to light her lesser-known career as an inventor. Lamarr, an Austrian-Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, came up with a secret communication system called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications. This feat would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi technology. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy, received no credit for her contributions, and wound up impoverished in her latter years. Lamarr’s fans never knew that in addition to her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, she possessed such a beautiful mind as well.


Saturday, Nov 25, 6:00 PM - Click here for tickets
Saturday, Nov 25, 8:00 PM - Click here for tickets
Sunday, Nov 26, 3:00 PM - Click here for tickets
Sunday, Nov 26, 5:00 PM - Click here for tickets
Thursday, Nov 30, 6:00 PM - Click here for tickets
Thursday, Nov 30, 8:00 PM - Click here for tickets

“A thoroughly engaging eye-opening showbiz doc!” - Hollywood Reporter

Winner of Audience Award at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Winner of the “Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award” at the Nantucket Film Festival

Soon By You: Special Premiere
  • Tue, Dec 05 8:00 PM
  • $30.00

Dir. Leah Gottfried (USA, 2017, 30 min.)

Join us for the premiere of episode 5, the season finale of Soon by You "The Wedding." Soon By You is an award winning comedic web series about 6 young Modern Orthodox Jews dating in NYC. The show follows the lives of young Jewish professionals as they navigate relationships, friendships, family drama and everything else that comes with being a twenty something and dating in the 21st century. Make sure to catch up on the first four episodes available here.

Nov. 19th-Dec. 4th - $30 
At the door - $35

Doors open at 7:30 PM. Screening at 8:00 PM.

Screening followed by Q&A with cast and creative team. Reception to follow in JCC lobby.

The Last Poker Game
  • Tue, Dec 19 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Howard L. Weiner (US, 2017, 90 min.)

When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into Cliffside Manor nursing home with his deteriorating wife, Molly, he forms an improbable friendship with gambler and womanizer Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). At first, Abe feels that moving into the home is the end of the road, but he soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. Abe and Phil’s friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse claims that her biological father resides in the home. Both Abe and Phil jump at the chance to convince Angela, and themselves, that they are her father. The Last Poker Game is written and directed by world-renowned neurologist and first time director Howard Weiner.

“The film tells a moving and complex story, and it features one of Landau’s final and finest performances.” - The Jerusalem Post

Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Screening followed by Q&A

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