Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival Begins This Month

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Three in-person events and 20 virtual events are planned.

Jhe 21st Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival begins this month with 17 feature films and three short film programs for a total of 20 virtual events, all available to stream online. Additionally, this year’s festival will feature three special in-person events.

The festival begins on June 19 and ends on July 15.

In-person events will follow COVID-19 guidelines.While sponsors at $180 or more will get access to all films, talks and a special sponsor event with brunch, an all festivals pass can be purchased for $150 granting access to all films.

New deals this year include a Pick-10 Virtual Festival Pass for $80 and a Pick-5 Virtual Festival Pass for $50.Individual tickets will cost $12 each. There are four movie blocks, each containing five titles that will be released on Sunday at noon and conclude the following Friday at noon.The films will be available to stream for five days.

On June 19, the festival will open at the Ann Arbor State Theater with the in-person screening of The Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen. Two screenings will take place at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The highest rated film by the committee was out of exile Fred Stein’s photography. Steinwas astreet photographerin Paris and New York after being forced to flee his native Germany by the Nazi threat in the early 1930s. He explored the new creative possibilities of photography, capturing spontaneous scenes of street life.

Peter Stein, his son, is an AmericanDirector of Photography whose career spanning over three decades spans many themes and genres. His best-known works define cult horror films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, includingPet sematary,CHUD andFriday the 13th Part 2. Peter made the film about his father and will be there to talkabout film and his father’s art.

On June 26 at 10:30 a.m., a special sponsor-only event is taking place at the University of Michigan’s Rackham Amphitheater. This event includes the screening of out of exile Fred Stein’s photographya brunch, photography exhibit, and presentation by Peter Stein hosted by UM History Professor Deborah Dash Moore.

The third in-person event, a special screening of The Lost Nuremberg Film, takes place July 10 at 2 p.m. at the UM Rackham Amphitheater. This event also includes a presentation by Maya Barzilai, Professor of Modern Hebrew and Jewish Culture at UM, cocktails and dessert.

Festival selections include biographies, family films, Holocaust films, LGBT film, war drama, musical, environmental documentary and more.

Noemi Herzig, director of Jewish cultural arts and adult education for the Ann Arbor JCC, is excited about the film lineup and says an elaborate process led to the selected films.

“We have an incredible hard-working committee. They watched over 80
feature films and over 130 short films to come up with this selection,” Herzig said.

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