Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on important topics. Our year round CINEMATTERS series presents previews and special engagements of films followed by discussions with filmmakers, actors, and other special guests.

We also host three festivals in house including the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, Other Israel Film Festival, and the Israel Film Center Festival.

Schedule by film title below. For films by date click here

Seniors may use the discount code SENIOR18 for $3 off tickets (member price)

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Who Will Write Our History
Wednesday, January 23 - 4 pm
Wednesday, January 23 - 7 pm
Thursday, January 24 - 7 pm

Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
Monday, January 28 - 7 pm

The Golem
Monday, February 4 - 7 pm

To Dust
Tuesday, February 5 - 7 pm
 

Won't You Be My Neighbor
Tuesday, February 12- 7 pm

Soon By You Season 2 Premiere
Sunday, February 17 - 6 pm

This is Home
Tuesday, February 19 - 7pm

Private Preview - The Passengers
Tuesday, February 26 - 7 pm

The Last
Tuesday, March 5 - 7 pm

The Human Element
Tuesday, March 12 - 7 pm

Working Woman
Tuesday, March 26- 7 pm
Wednesday, March 27- 2 pm
Thursday, March 28- 2 pm
Friday, March 29- 2 pm

 

Upcoming Screenings

Winter Season Film Pass 2019
  • 1/1/2019 - 4/30/2019
  • $65.00 / $85.00

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. 

Winter season runs from 1/1/19-4/30/19. 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.

Who Will Write Our History
  • Wed, Jan 23 4:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Roberta Grossman (US/Poland, 2019, 95 min)

Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody.

Who Will Write Our History
  • Wed, Jan 23 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Roberta Grossman (US/Poland, 2019, 95 min)

Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody.

Who Will Write Our History
  • Thu, Jan 24 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Roberta Grossman (US/Poland, 2019, 95 min)

Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody.

Special Preview: Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
  • Mon, Jan 28 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Co-presented by American Masters

Dir. Sam Pollard (US, 2018, 100 min)

 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

The Golem
  • Mon, Feb 04 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Doron Paz, Yoav Paz (Israel, 2018, 95 min)

A woman's tight-knit Jewish community that is besieged by foreign invaders. Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous creature to protect her and her people. However, her creation may be more evil than she ever imagined.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director Doron Paz and cast member.

To Dust
  • Tue, Feb 05 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Shawn Snyder (US, 2018, 90 min)

Shmuel (Géza Röhrig), a Hasidic cantor, distraught by his wife’s untimely death, struggles to find religious solace while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert (Matthew Broderick), a community college biology professor, the two embark on an increasingly literal undertaking.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director and cast members and producers including Matthew Broderick, Géza Röhrig, Emily Mortimer, and Alessandro Nivola.

Won't You Be My Neighbor
  • Tue, Feb 12 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Morgan Neville (US, 2018, 90 min)

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

Soon By You Season 2 Premiere
  • Sun, Feb 17 6:00 PM
  • $30.00

Dir. Leah Gottfried (US, 2019, 30 min)

Everyone's back for season 2 of Soon By You!
One month after the season 1 finale, Jacobs and Ben deal with whatever happened at that wedding...
Meanwhile, Z has a new friend, who may be interested in something more. Noa meets a smooth-talking guy, and may need to spend more time with him than she expected. Sarah's new job makes her consider her life choices

Ticket will include Q+A with the cast and crew.

This is Home
  • Tue, Feb 19 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Alexandra Shiva (US/Jordan, 2018, 91 min)

This Is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. For Syrians like Khaldoun, who was tortured and left physically disabled, and children like Mohammad, who suffers from PTSD, their needs are vast and complicated. Halfway through the process, President Trump issues a travel ban on all refugees from Muslim-majority countries, and suddenly their lives, and the safety of loved ones still trapped in Syria, become all the more perilous. With much-needed empathy, the film reveals the inherent decency of a displaced community desperate for help within a country increasingly hostile to principles of inclusion and opportunity.

Screening followed by Q+A.

Private Preview - The Passengers
  • Tue, Feb 26 7:00 PM
  • $15.00

Dir. Ryan S. Porush (US, Israel, and Ethiopia, 2018, 90 min)

THE PASSENGERS tells the story of the Ethiopian Jews, and of the struggle for this final community to immigrate to Israel. The film follows the amazing journey of two young men, Demoz and Gezi, as they represent their abandoned community on a fateful mission in America.

VIP ticket will include a private reception after the film. All proceeds will go directly to supporting the last remaining community of Ethiopian Jews in achieving their dream of immigrating to Israel.

Film to be followed with Q+A with the director and one of the main subjects

The Passengers Trailer Sample from Ryan S. Porush on Vimeo.

Private Preview - The Passengers VIP
  • Tue, Feb 26 7:00 PM
  • $75.00

Dir. Ryan S. Porush (US, Israel, and Ethiopia, 2018, 90 min)

THE PASSENGERS tells the story of the Ethiopian Jews, and of the struggle for this final community to immigrate to Israel. The film follows the amazing journey of two young men, Demoz and Gezi, as they represent their abandoned community on a fateful mission in America.

VIP ticket will include a private reception after the film. All proceeds will go directly to supporting the last remaining community of Ethiopian Jews in achieving their dream of immigrating to Israel.

Film to be followed with Q+A with the director and one of the main subjects

The Passengers Trailer Sample from Ryan S. Porush on Vimeo.

The Last
  • Tue, Mar 05 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Jeff Lipsky (US, 2019, 123 min)

The survivors of four generations of a Jewish family are rocked to their core when the family’s beloved 92-year-old matriarch makes a stunning confession.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

"The Last" Theatrical Trailer from Jeff Lipsky on Vimeo.

The Human Element
  • Tue, Mar 12 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Matthew Testa (US, 2018, 76 min)

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life.

In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores the impact of wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

Special Preview: Working Woman
  • Tue, Mar 26 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Michal Aviad (Israel, 2018, 93 min)

Orna starts her new job with hopes for professional growth. She excels and is promoted to work closely with her enthusiastic boss. Her husband’s business struggles and she must become her family’s breadwinner. When her boss makes inappropriate advances, Orna is left to make tough decisions and fight for her self-worth.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

Working Woman
  • Wed, Mar 27 2:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Michal Aviad (Israel, 2018, 93 min)

Orna starts her new job with hopes for professional growth. She excels and is promoted to work closely with her enthusiastic boss. Her husband’s business struggles and she must become her family’s breadwinner. When her boss makes inappropriate advances, Orna is left to make tough decisions and fight for her self-worth.

Working Woman
  • Thu, Mar 28 2:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Michal Aviad (Israel, 2018, 93 min)

Orna starts her new job with hopes for professional growth. She excels and is promoted to work closely with her enthusiastic boss. Her husband’s business struggles and she must become her family’s breadwinner. When her boss makes inappropriate advances, Orna is left to make tough decisions and fight for her self-worth.

Working Woman
  • Fri, Mar 29 2:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Michal Aviad (Israel, 2018, 93 min)

Orna starts her new job with hopes for professional growth. She excels and is promoted to work closely with her enthusiastic boss. Her husband’s business struggles and she must become her family’s breadwinner. When her boss makes inappropriate advances, Orna is left to make tough decisions and fight for her self-worth.

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