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
  • 9/1/2016 - 12/31/2016
  • $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: Fall season runs from 9/1/16-12/31/16. 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.*

Special Preview: The Pickle Recipe
  • Mon, Oct 31 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Michael Manasseri (USA, 2016, 97 min.)

Joey Miller is the undisputed king of Detroit party MCs. He's also a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, during his latest wedding performance, all his prized sound equipment gets destroyed in a freak accident. His daughter Julie's Bat Mitzvah is only weeks away, and she's counting on him to MC her party. After exhausting his options, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money needed to get back into business. But only under one condition: Joey must steal his grandmother Rose's most prized possession—her famous top secret dill pickle recipe! It’s a recipe she has vowed to take to her grave.

Screening followed by Q&A

Special Preview: Disturbing the Peace
  • Sun, Nov 06 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Presented by the Other Israel Film Festival

Dir. Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young (USA, 2016, 83 min.)

Former enemy combatants on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict set out on a joint journey for peace. This movie documents the transformation of its protagonists from soldiers on the battlefield to peace activists. While they are facing opposition from their societies, which consider them traitors, another war looms in Gaza.

Stephen Apkon's documentary transcends its local context to tell a universal story about the human ability to see beyond the narratives we tend to accept as reality and about our aspirations for freedom, recognition and fraternity. The protagonists' journey demonstrates our potential to be free of narratives that no longer serve us and create a new vision for our societies.

Screening followed by Q&A

  • Tue, Nov 15 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Delaney Ruston (USA, 2016, 70 min.)

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In Screenagers, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Presented in partnership with the Congregation Rodeph Sholom Mental Health Initiative, the Rodeph Sholom School Parents Association, and BBYO.

Private Screening: Pinsky
  • Sun, Nov 20 6:00 PM
  • $5.00

Please note: This screening is open to the public.

Dir. Amanda Lundquist (USA, 2016, 90 min.)

In the wake of a bad breakup and the death of her grandfather, Sophia Pinsky moves back home with her controlling Russian grandmother and is forced to reevaluate the terms of her adult life. Whether you're first generation Russian, Jewish, American, or none of the above, you're welcome to join us for a night of Pinsky and a Q&A with the filmmakers.

For more information, visit

Screening followed by Q&A with director Amanda Lundquist and producer & lead actress, Rebecca Karpovsky.

Copresented with Generation R. Generation R programs are generously supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group. Pinsky was made possible through the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Program.

Keepers of the Game
  • Tue, Nov 22 7:30 PM
  • FREE for s / $5.00

Dir. Judd Ehrlich (USA, 2016, 82 min.)

Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High in Fort Covington, New York, an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women’s team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High. As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people’s tradition in a changing world.

Screening followed by Q&A

Special Preview: On the Map
  • Tue, Nov 29 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Dani Menkin (Israel, 2016, 85 min.)

Still demoralized after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel in 1977 was hungry for a collective uplifting event. This fast-moving, emotional, and awe-inspiring documentary recounts the story of how one Tel Aviv basketball team no one thought could win toppled the four-time defending European champions and put Israel firmly on the map. Featuring interviews with the American and Israeli athletes who made history, On The Map combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War to deliver a film that honors Israeli heroes, thrills fans of the game, and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious against all odds.

Director Dani Menkin brings together most of the members of that year's team, some of whom are still living in Israel, including Tal Brody and Aulcie Perry. Brody's friend, NBA great Bill Walton, and former NBA Commissioner David Stern deliver incisive commentary on the team and its significance. Israeli figures from outside the sports world, including former ambassador Michael Oren, politician Yair Lapid, and former refusenik Natan Sharansky, all recall what TV commentator Alex Giladi calls "the end of Israeli sport losing with honor."

Screening followed by Q&A

10th Annual Other Israel Film Festival
  • 12/1/2016 - 12/8/2016
  • $9.00 / $12.00

The most exciting festival of the year returns, bringing you premiere films from Israel's edgy film industry and engaging conversations on hot topics that illuminate the diversity of Israeli culture. Join us for a week-long festival of award-winning films, guest filmmakers, panel discussions, gala events, performances, and more.

Lineup will be announced in November. Visit for more information.

Festival made possible by the generosity of Carole Zabar.

10th Anniversary Other Israel Film Festival Pass
  • 12/1/2016 - 12/8/2016
  • $40.00

The Other Israel Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets based on availability. Special events & programs excluded. See a full list of films at

Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets ahead of time, as screenings do sell out.

The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708

Gene Wilder Marathon
  • Sun, Dec 25 12:00 PM
  • $18.00

Join us as we honor Gene Wilder, a beloved actor and director who left his mark on American film and theater for a generation.

Purchase tickets to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, and The Frisco Kid separately (see below), or register for the entire marathon for $18.

12 PM Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
2 PM
Blazing Saddles
4 PM The Frisco Kid

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  • Sun, Dec 25 12:00 PM
  • $7.00

Dir. Mel Stuart (USA, 1971, 100 min.)

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his candy factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, whose family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat. In movieland, magic can happen, and Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, gets the chance of a lifetime. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the other children. Can Charlie beat the odds and grab the prize brass ring?

Blazing Saddles
  • Sun, Dec 25 2:00 PM
  • $7.00

Dir. Mel Brooks (USA, 1974, 93 min.)

In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are their only defense against a wave of thugs.

The Frisco Kid
  • Sun, Dec 25 4:00 PM
  • $7.00

Dir. Robert Aldrich (USA, 1979, 119 min.)

Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder star as a taciturn gunslinger and a clueless immigrant rabbi traveling across the Wild West. Ranked 87th out of 88 in his rabbinical class, Avram Belinski (Gene Wilder) accepts a posting to Gold Rush-era San Francisco, and  sets out from Philadelphia believing he can walk to his destination. Along the way, he befriends bank robber Tommy Lillard (Harrison Ford). As this mismatched pair crosses the frontier, the Old West will never be the same.

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