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)

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

The Last
Tuesday, March 5 - 7 pm

The Human Element
Tuesday, March 12 - 7 pm

The Brink
Sunday, March 17 - 4pm

King Bibi
Tuesday, March 19 - 7 pm

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

Moving Stories
Tuesday, April 16 - 7 pm

Witness Theater
Tuesday, April 30 - 7 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.

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 before the film at 6pm in the lobby of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. 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 and cast members Rebecca Schull, Jill Durso, AJ Cedeño, and Julie Fain Lawrence.

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

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

Copresented by the Jewish Climate Action Network and the Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility

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.

The Brink
  • Sun, Mar 17 4:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Copresented by The Forward

Dir. Alison Klayman (US, 2018, 95 min)

After leaving the Trump administration, embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker in an effort to spread his brand of extreme nationalism to the rest of the world. Tracking his moves through the 2018 American mid-term elections, director Alison Klayman’s startling fly-on-the-wall documentary sheds light on Bannon’s efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties, starting in Europe with controversial figures like Nigel Farage, Jérôme Rivière, Matteo Salvini, Filip Dewinter and Kent Ekeroth.

Screening followed by Q+A with the director and Jane Eisner of The Forward.

King Bibi
  • Tue, Mar 19 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Dir. Dan Shadur (Israel, US, 2018, 87 min)

King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media.

King Bibi - Trailer from ro*co films on Vimeo.

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

Copresented by the Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility

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.

Moving Stories
  • Tue, Apr 16 7:00 PM
  • $12.00 / $15.00

Copresented by B'nai Jeshurun

Dir. Rob Fruchtman, Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten and Wendy Sax (US, 2018, 85 min)

In this moving and inspiring documentary, six dancers from the acclaimed Battery Dance company travel the world, working with young people who’ve experienced war, poverty, sexual violence and severe trauma as refugees. The goal: to teach them the tools of choreography so that they can tell their stories through dance. With just one week to prepare for performance, both students and teachers are transformed, unlocking feelings and stories in wellsprings of creativity.

Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the film’s stars.

Moving Stories - Trailer from Mikael Södersten on Vimeo.

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.

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