Film and Music

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Part of this year's University Lecture Series...

How to Increase Your Enjoyment of Music with Conductor and Musician Thomas Elefant
This high level evening music appreciation series will give listeners a thorough understanding of music by discussing and examining the various elements of music using examples from a wide repertoire. Enhance your listening experience with a deeper and greater understanding of all forms of music.

The Colossal Beethoven
25039-09 • Thursday, April 17 • 7:30 – 9:00 P
What elements in Beethoven’s style of writing made his music so revolutionary during his time and why is his music so powerful and relevant to us today?

Great Virtuoso Performers
25039-10 • Thursday, April 24 • 7:30 – 9:00 P
Listen to and compare the past’s great virtuoso performers with present day virtuosi. You’ll be treated to legendary violin, trumpet and other performers.

Member/Senior 62+: $20/session, Community Participant: $24/session
Series Cost (all 4 sessions)
25039-11 • Member/Senior 62+: $70, Community Participant: $86

Spring Film Festival at the Rialto Digiplex Theatre in Westfield
Wednesday, May 7 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Running Time: 107 minutes
Includes violent scenes

A tense and gripping thriller inspired by actual events, Aftermath caused controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in Poland’s history. As two estranged brothers struggle to rebuild their relationship, they uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and of their Polish hometown. This devastating story involves Jews - yet not a single Jewish character appears on screen. Instead there are Poles, grappling to different degrees, with a history that is as difficult as it is complex.

Los Angeles Times Critic’s Pick One of the Best Films of the Year!
**** “Gripping, excellent. A bombshell disguised as a thriller.”

Tuesday, May 13 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Vincent Bal
Language: Dutch, English and French with English subtitles
Running Time: 95 minutes 

The first 20 teens to purchase tix will get a $5 CONCESSION COUPON!

Based on a famous book by the renowned Israeli author David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid is a delight for everybody old and young and in-between. Growing up without a mother has made life challenging for Dutch 13-year-old Nono Feierberg. Nono yearns to learn more about his mother’s mysterious fate. Riding on a train one day, he receives a mysterious letter, sending him on a secret, Hitchcockian mission to discover what happened to his long-deceased mother. And only days before his bar mitzvah! This endearing film includes a stellar performance by the great Isabella Rosellini.

“A charming period picaresque…a rollicking adventure.” – Variety

Stick around! Post-film discussion led by teens

Double Feature
Wednesday, May 28 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Malcolm Clarke
Language: English
Running Time: 38 minutes 

The Lady In Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. Alice Herz-Sommer, a remarkable optimist, mother, musician and oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, had a long, extraordinary life At age 109, she was still able to recall so many historical events and was willing to share her experiences as she discussed the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.

2014 Academy Award Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject

Director: Tamar Tal
Language: Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Length: 58 minutes

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when The Photo House, her late husband Rudi’s life’s work, was destined for demolition, this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed to save it. Miriam and her grandson, Ben, forge a special relationship as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments. 

Ophir Academy Award (Israel’s Academy Award) for 2012 Best Documentary 

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Ticket Information
In Advance:
JCC Members/Seniors 62+/Students: $12
General Public: $14
Series (3 nights) Members/Seniors 62+/Students: $33
Series (3 nights) General Public: $39 
At the Door:
General Admission: $15

In fall 2014, we are proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary!  Become a Film Festival sponsor for the 10th Annual Jewish Film Festival! 

KINDERBLOCK 66: Return to Buchenwald 
Sunday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 30
From our partners at Digiplex Destinations, this exclusive run will be presented by the Digiplex Cranford Theatre at 25 North Avenue, Cranford
Visit www.digiplexdest.com for show times and ticket information

This is the story of four boys desperate to live....they survived as boys and came back as men to tell their story. The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany was a Nazi slave labor camp where thousands of Jews were killed. As teenage European Jewish boys were being transferred to Buchenwald, the German Communist-led underground there made a conscious decision to protect them. These teenagers did not work and were cared for and protected by the block leaders, who saw in these boys the hope for the future. These leaders strove until the last days of the war to keep them from danger. On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated, and nearly 1,000 boys survived.

Enjoy dinner before the movie with one of our Restaurant Partners!
Mention the Film Festival and take part in these special offers
Thank you to these restaurants who are all supporters of the Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ.

Cosimo’s Italian Restaurant 118 East Broad Street (down the block from the Digiplex Rialto Theatre) • Receive 10% off your dinner bill Monday-Thursday during the Film Festival weeks

Jeffrey’s of Westfield 114 Central Avenue (across from the Digiplex Rialto Theatre) • Receive 15% off your dinner bill on the nights of the Film Festival

Limani Seafood Grill 235 North Avenue West (down the block from the Westfield train station) • Receive 15% off your dinner bill Tuesday-Thursday during the Film Festival weeks

Westfield Diner 309 North Avenue East (a short walk from the Digiplex Rialto Theatre) • Dine at the Westfield Diner on any Film Festival night, and 15% of your dinner bill goes to the JCC



Upcoming Events and Dates

April 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
May 4, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 15, 2014 | 7:30 pm
May 18, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 20, 2014 | 7:00 pm
May 22, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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