2021 VIRTUAL JUDY LEVIS MARKHOFF BOCA RATON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES AT THE LEVIS JCC SANDLER CENTER

 

Boca Raton, FL – (April, 2021) The 2021 Virtual Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF) presented by the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center will continue through May 16, 2021. Film aficionados still have time to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of exploring Jewish-themed films from around the world, ranging from historical dramas to documentaries—all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. BRJFF includes insightful Q&A webinars with filmmakers, cast members, and community lecturers, as well as the opportunity to view the film up to 72 hours after its scheduled time. Since January, the Festival has featured over 50 premiere films and 24 webinars, and is considered one of the largest virtual Jewish/Israeli Film Festivals in the country.

With laugh-out-loud comedies, love stories and political documentaries remaining to be screened, the Festival provides audiences the chance to expand their awareness and understanding of the Jewish world.

Several not-to-be-missed films screening in April and May include:

Gloomy Sunday, an evocative song most famously sung by Billie Holiday is the inspiration for this love story with a twist. The film will screen from April 21 – April 23 and will include a Q&A with television veteran and local film critic Larry Ferber.

The Blessing and the Curse is Stephen Lentini's directorial debut and is a political documentary that explores the aftermath of the brutal murders of the Fogel family living in Itamar. The film screens from April 25 - May 1 and will include a Q&A with Lentini. He will discuss his experience filming in this dangerous and isolated Jewish settlement in the Northern West Bank, which sits between two mountains-- the Mountain of the Blessing and the Mountain of the Curse.

The Invisible Line premieres in Palm Beach County from May 2 – May 8 and reflects on the social experiment in fascism conducted by California high school history teacher Ron Jones. The experiment to sample the experience of the attraction and rise of the Nazis in Germany before World War II immediately spun out of control and ultimately lead to trauma and regret. This documentary serves as a teaching tool to facilitate discussion of those uncomfortable topics of history, human nature, psychology, charismatic leaders, group behavior, intolerance and hate.

Portrayal follows Roman Lapshin across three continents and five nations as he puts together the pieces of a mysterious puzzle surrounding the troubling origins of thousands of missing pieces of artwork painted by his grandfather. The film premieres in Palm Beach County from May 9 – May 11 and includes a Q&A on May 11 with Director Billie Mintz and Roman Lapshin.

Tango Shalom, the Festival’s closing film screens from May 14 – May 16 and is a heart-pumping, heartwarming film that comes from the makers My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film tests the bonds of family and community, and the bounds of tolerance and faith, all while telling the story of a Hasidic Rabbi and amateur Hora dancer as they enter a big, televised Tango competition to save his Hebrew school from bankruptcy. The filmmakers and cast will offer behind-the-scenes insights during their Q&A on May 16 at 2pm.

A full program guide including dates, showtimes, trailers, a synopsis of each film, and Q&As are available on http://bocaff.org/.
Individual tickets range from $4.99-$12 and film pass packages range from $59-$299 (prices are per household); tickets and packages are available for purchase online at bocajff.org. Movie rentals can be enjoyed on various platforms by downloading the Eventive TV app which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Firestick, Chromecast among others.

For more information on film passes and packages, or how to stream from various devices, contact Lisa Barash at lisab@bocafed.org or call 561-558-2514. The Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton.

About the Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival
The mission of the Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival is to provide the newest, most stimulating and thought-provoking films that encourage audiences to expand their awareness and understanding of the Jewish world and engage in dialogue to explore the many diverse perspectives portrayed by the films presented.

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center
The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, travel and social events. Learn more at levisjcc.org/culture.

About the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a Resale Boutique for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

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