Tonights kickoff starts with a reception honoring homeboy Charlie Miller of the Wolf Theatre Academy (and featuring live music by Los Lantzmun) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the screening of Noodle. Later highlights include a directors night with the Heymann Brothers (including screenings of Black Over White, a profile of the Israeli world-beat band the Idan Raichel Project, and Bridge Over the Wadi, which documents a bilingual Arab-Israeli school in Israel); the Colorado premiere of Holy Land Hardball, about an Israeli baseball league; Hey Hey Its Esther Blueburger, a coming-of-age tale about a teen with a fitting-in problem; and Arab Labor, a comedy about Arabs living in the shadow of Jewish Israel. A dessert reception with music by Klezmer Vod closes down the festival on February 14 following the screening of Lemon Tree.
Admission ranges from $6.50 to $8.50 per film to $175 for an all-inclusive Producer's Pass, with various options offered in between; all festival screenings are at the Mizel Arts & Culture Center, Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dahlia Street. For tickets, information and a complete schedule, go to www.maccjcc.org or call 303-316-6360.
Feb. 5-14, 2009