Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

The Marlene Meyerson 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

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
  • Tue, May 29 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, & Jeremy Newberger (US, 2018, 87 min.)

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

Following the screening, join us for a special discussion with Team Israel players Ike Davis (formerly of the Mets) and Shlomo Lipetz; GM Peter Kurz; MLB reporter Jonathan Mayo; and the three directors, Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger.

Then, join us for a drinks reception to celebrate Team Israel’s success. “Jews With Bats!!” rapper Kosha Dillz will perform.

Five-Film Flex Pass
  • 6/5/2018 - 6/12/2018
  • $50.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Get five (5) general admission tickets to films screening at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan as part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival, excluding special events & programs.*

See a full list of films at jccmanhattan.org/film/israel-film-center-festival

Your pass is only available online and is not a physical ticket. You must register for films at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets in advance, as screenings do sell out. The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708.

* Special events include: Opening Night, Closing Nights, Short Films at Silvana

Opening Night: Shelter (Mistor)
  • Tue, Jun 05 7:00 PM
  • $36.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Eran Riklis, 93 min, Narrative

Naomi (Neta Riskin), an Israeli Mossad agent, is sent to Germany to protect Mona (Golshifteh Farahani), a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery to assume her new identity. Together for two weeks, the women develop a relationship that is soon exposed to the threat of terror engulfing the world today. Also starring Lior Ashkenazi (Norman, Foxtrot).

Followed by Q&A with director, Eran Riklis, and Opening Night Reception.  
 

Saving Neta (Le'hatzil et Neta)
  • Wed, Jun 06 6:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Nir Bergman, 90 min, Narrative

The lives of four women, in seemingly unrelated stories, are all affected by the presence of a mysterious man named Neta. His life, too, changes through his encounters with these women over the course of a year. This film, from the director of Broken Wings, is is a mosaic of modern Israeli culture.

Followed by Q&A with actress, Rotem Abuhab.

Scaffolding (Pigumim)
  • Wed, Jun 06 8:15 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Matan Yair, 93 min, Narrative

Seventeen-year-old Asher has always been a troublemaker and a terrible student due to his learning differences. A charismatic teacher prompts a fascination in the world of literature, but also forces a conflict with Asher's brash father, who expects him to take over the family scaffolding business.

Followed by Q&A with actor, Ami Smolarchik.

Presented in partnership with Bank Leumi.

Azimuth (Azimuth)
  • Thu, Jun 07 6:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Mike Burstyn, 75 min, Narrative

The Six Day War, 1967. An Israeli sergeant and an Egyptian soldier encounter each other in an abandoned UNEF post in the Sinai desert the day after the ceasefire. During an ensuing firefight both men are trapped. Outside is the sergeant's Jeep, awaiting the victor. Two soldiers, one goal: survival.

Followed by Q&A with American-Israeli actor and film's director, Mike Burstyn.

And Then She Arrived (Ve'az He Hegia)
  • Thu, Jun 07 8:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Roee Florentin, 100 min, Narrative

Dan is a handsome, easygoing young man who plays by the rules and has a clear plan for his future. He is engaged to marry Tamar, his high school sweetheart. But things change when he meets Meirav, a waitress from Jerusalem who opens him to a new world.

Followed by Q&A with director, Roee Florentin.

Presented in partnership with Isrotel.

Almost Famous (Kimaat Mefursemet)
  • Fri, Jun 08 5:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Marco Carmel, 95 min, Narrative

Shir, a 15-year-old social outcast, dreams of being popular. When her brother is featured on a reality singing competition, Shir decides to seize the moment to become almost famous. But is popularity all that matters?

Followed by Q&A with actor, Omer Dror.

Presented in partnership with IAC.

Future of Israeli Cinema: Filmmaker Panel
  • Sat, Jun 09 7:30 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Israel's top and emerging filmmakers gather to reflect on the past and contemplate the future of Israel's thriving film industry. Get a chance to hear Israel's most exciting cinematic voices share their knowledge, experiences, and how they have come to receive world recognition.

Guests include:

Mili Avital, Actor, Moderator 
Keren Margalit, Writer, Sleeping Bears
Eran Riklis, Director, Shelter
Ofer Naim, Producer, Almost Famous, Operation Egg

Free event with registration.

 

Longing (Ga'agua)
  • Sat, Jun 09 9:30 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Savi Gabizon, 100 min, Narrative

Ariel, a well-off, childless man, gets a phone call from an old girlfriend, who informs him that when they broke up 20 years ago, she was pregnant and went on to have a baby boy. This discovery causes Ariel to explore the hidden aspects of parenthood and change his life forever. In this bittersweet comedy, Savi Gabizon (Love Sick on Nana Street, Nina's Tragedies) tells a whimsical tale of love and loss.

Followed by Q&A with director, Savi Gabizon.

Presented in partnership with What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life.

Operation Egg (Mivtza Beitza)
  • Sun, Jun 10 2:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Alon Gur Arye, 90 min, Narrative

In this family comedy, a couple of con men decide to steal a rare eagle's egg being transferred from the Safari Zoo back to nature in order to win a big prize in a cooking competition. A wild chase across the country to restore the egg to its place ensues.

Presented in partnership with IAC.

Kishon (Kishon)
  • Sun, Jun 10 4:30 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Eliav Lilti, 87 min, Documentary

Hungarian immigrant Ephraim Kishon, director of Sallah Shabati, was one of the great writers who defined the Israeli experience. But through his 50-year career of award-winning writing, Kishon could never write his own biography. At 70, he enlists a journalist to help his own story unfold. The film incorporates animation and rare footage to bring to life Kishon's own story.

Followed by Q&A with documentary participant and Kishon's son, Amir Kishon.

 

Sleeping Bears (Lehair et HaDov)
  • Sun, Jun 10 6:30 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Keren Margalit, 36 x 2 Episodes, Narrative TV Series

What would you do if all the private conversations you'd had with your psychologist--the one person to whom you can tell anything--had made their way into the hands of a stranger? When dark secrets threaten to destroy her closest relationships, Hadas is drawn into a complex and deeply personal search for the truth.

Followed by Q&A with director, Keren Margalit.

The Testament (Ha'edut) at JCC Tenafly
  • Sun, Jun 10 6:30 PM
  • $12.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Please note, this screening will take place at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey (Taub Campus, 411 East Clinton Avenue). Reception before film at 6:30.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Dir. Amichai Greenberg, 96 min, Narrative

A mystery about a man willing to risk everything to discover the truth. Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a search to find a mass grave in Austria, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. His research takes him deep into a past of cover-ups as well as personal soul searching.

Shorts at Silvana
  • Sun, Jun 10 8:00 PM
  • $12.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Please note: Silvana Cafe-Bar-Music located at 300 W 116 St. We will check your name upon entry at the door.

An evening of drinks and short films from Tel Aviv University. Four lively and compelling stories provide a glimpse into the complex lives of young Israelis. The Love Letter, (Atara Frish, 21 min), Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive (Yossi Atia, 8 min), The Director (Shira Porat, 18 min), Well Done (Arye Hasfari & Omer Ben Simon, 24 min). Ticket includes one free drink.

 

The Testament (Ha'edut) at JCC Manhattan
  • Mon, Jun 11 6:00 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Amichai Greenberg, 96 min, Narrative

A mystery about a man willing to risk everything to discover the truth. Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a search to find a mass grave in Austria, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. His research takes him deep into a past of cover-ups as well as personal soul searching.

Followed by Q&A with director, Amichai Greenberg.

The Cakemaker (Ha'ofe Me'Berlin)
  • Mon, Jun 11 8:15 PM
  • $15.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Ofir Raul Graizer, 95 min, Narrative

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, a married Israeli man. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers about Oren's life and death. Under a new identity, Thomas begins to work for Anat, his lover's widow, and finds himself involved in her life in a way he did not expect.

Followed by Q&A with director, Ofir Raul Graizer

Closing Night: Outdoors (Bayit Bagalil)
  • Tue, Jun 12 7:00 PM
  • $36.00

Part of the 6th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Dir. Asaf Saban, 80 min, Narrative

A special preview. Gili and Yaara plan to leave the city for a fresh start by building a house in the countryside of the Galilee. But while their dream house is being built, the foundations of their relationship are slowly challenged.

Followed by Q&A with director, Asaf Saban, and Closing Night Reception.

We Exist: Beyond the Binary
  • Tue, Jun 19 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Co-presented with Out at the J

Dir. Lauren Lubin & Andrew Seger (US, 2018, 62 min.)

What if the world told you that you do not exist? This is the reality for Lauren: a person in their mid-twenties who identifies as gender neutral. Lauren’s story chronicles their entire life--from early childhood, to a near death experience, to living in the depths of the rain forest--capturing the physical, emotional, and mental obstacles Lauren must face just to get to say, "I exist."

Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers

Special Preview: Lost in America
  • Tue, Jul 10 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Co-presented by Knock, Knock, Give a Sock

Dir. Rotimi Rainwater (USA, 2017, 105 min.)

Lost in America is a feature documentary on the issue of youth homelessness in America, following director Rotimi Rainwater, a former homeless youth, and his team as they travel the country to shine a light on the epidemic of youth homelessness. Featuring interviews with Jewel (executive producer), Rosario Dawson (executive producer), Jon Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan and others, the project has captured the attention of dozens of organizations and members of Congress that have since become involved. More than a film, Lost in America is a movement.

Screening followed by Q&A

Mr. Gaga (Up on the Roof)
  • Thu, Jul 12 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Co-presented with American Friends of Batsheva Dance Company

Dir. Tomer Heymann (Israel/Sweden/Germany/Netherlands, 2017, 100 min.)

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences. This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.

Screening followed by Q&A with film protagonist Ohad Naharin.

"Electric...riveting...choreographic brilliance...striking performance footage...excellent." - Variety

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