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)

 

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.

Witness Theater
  • Tue, Apr 30 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Oren Rudavsky (US, 2018, 75 min)

Aron is 88 years old, Eazek is 94, and Claudine is 89. Over seventy years ago, although they lost their entire families, they survived the holocaust and resettled in New York City. Now they are sharing their stories in a unique program led by a drama therapist with high-school students in Brooklyn. The hope is that this sharing will sensitize the students and give some closure to the adult survivors after all these years. The Witness Theater workshop they participate in culminates in the performance of a play based on Survivor stories.  

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

Saviors on the Screen: The Accountant of Auschwitz
  • Wed, May 01 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Presented in Commemoration of Yom HaShoah. Copresented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dir. Matthew Shoychet (Canada, 2018, 80 min)

“Just following orders.” Seven decades after World War II, with the extraordinary trial of 94 year-old Oskar Gröning, that infamous phrase no longer works as a defense. In 2015, Gröning, known as the “Accountant of Auschwitz,” was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. Gröning’s sensational trial made headlines worldwide, sparking intense, incendiary debates across the political spectrum. Within its rich weave of archival footage, contemporary trial coverage, and interviews with survivors and human rights advocates, Shoychet’s riveting feature documentary offers compelling investigations of history, conscience, and justice.

Screening followed by Q+A with the filmmakers and Elizabeth "Barry" White, Senior Historian, USHMM.

Saviors on the Screen: Witness Theater
  • Thu, May 02 6:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Presented in Commemoration of Yom HaShoah.

Dir. Oren Rudavsky (US, 2018, 75 min)

Aron is 88 years old, Eazek is 94, and Claudine is 89. Over seventy years ago, although they lost their entire families, they survived the holocaust and resettled in New York City. Now they are sharing their stories in a unique program led by a drama therapist with high-school students in Brooklyn. The hope is that this sharing will sensitize the students and give some closure to the adult survivors after all these years. The Witness Theater workshop they participate in culminates in the performance of a play based on Survivor stories.  

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

Saviors on the Screen: Sobibor
  • Thu, May 02 8:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Presented in Commemoration of Yom HaShoah.

Dir. Konstantin Khabensky (Russia, 2018, 110 min)

“Sobibor” tells the story about the only successful revolt in a Nazi death camp during World War II. The rebellion, led by the Soviet prisoner Alexander Pechersky, took place in the Nazi death camp Sobibor, located in Poland, in 1943. The movie focuses on Pecherky and the difficult choices he makes to organize the rebellion and escape. He risks many lives, including his own, to set free hundreds of Jewish prisoners. These very different people show equal heroism and courage and are united by the desire to live.

Extra Innings
  • Tue, May 14 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Albert Dabah, Brian Drillinger (US, 2019)

Set against the enchanting backdrop of 1960’s Brooklyn, Extra Innings tells the story of David Sabah, a young man who is caught between pursuing his dream of playing baseball and staying devoted to his Syrian Jewish family that is afflicted with mental illness, but a tragic loss makes reconciling the two worlds impossible. Based on the true story of writer/director Albert Dabah.

Screening followed by Q+A with the directors.

Extra Innings Trailer from Simba Productions on Vimeo.

Roll Red Roll
  • Tue, May 21 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Copresented by WNET and POV

Dir. Nancy Schwartzman (US, 80 min, 2018)

Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

Screening followed by Q+A.

The Lost Crown
  • Tue, May 28 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Avi Dabach (Israel, 65 min, 2019)

The Aleppo Codex, aka The Crown, is considered the most accurate and valuable edition of the Hebrew Bible. After being safeguarded for seven centuries by the Syrian Sephardic community of Aleppo, more than a third of its pages disappeared when it was smuggled to Israel in 1957. As Avi Dabach, the filmmaker and great-grandson of the Crown Keeper navigates the dark corridors of hidden history, archival documents and rare testimonies reveal an astonishing story involving an Israeli president, Mossad agents, passionate rabbis, and antique dealers.

Screening followed by Q+A with the producer.

The Lost Crown Trailer from Judith Manassen Ramon on Vimeo.

Holy Lands
  • Tue, Jun 18 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Amanda Sthers (France, 100 min, 2018)

Facing a crossroads in life, Harry Rosenmerck (Academy Award nominee James Caan) leaves New York and his family with an unlikely plan to start a pig farm in Nazareth, causing the anger of local communities. His conflict with the town Rabbi, Moshe Cattan (BAFTA award winner Tom Hollander) slowly turns into a friendship that leads him to reevaluate his relationship with his estranged family, including his difficult ex-wife, his 34-year-old student daughter, and his playwright son David. Through an emotional journey, this dysfunctional group will try to make their way back to each other, renewing ties when they all need it the most.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director.

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