Reel Tradition

No small endeavor, the fully rounded annual Denver Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its fourteenth year at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center when the curtain rises on tonight’s opening screening, the kickoff for ten days of programming that includes numerous local and regional premieres, parties, workshops and guest appearances. And the twenty films run the gamut, united only by their contemporary Jewish themes.

The opening-night shindig begins with a costumes-encouraged ’50s diner-style dinner with live music at 5:30 p.m. and continues at 7 p.m. with an award program and screening of A Matter of Size, an award-winning comedy about an overweight Israeli chef who trains to become a Sumo wrestler. Standouts throughout the fest include the Israeli thriller Seven Minutes in Heaven (8:30 p.m. February 13), the teen-friendly The Wave (3:15 p.m. February 14, followed by a Teen Film Board mixer at 5:45 p.m.), political biodoc Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story (7:30 p.m. February 16), the cross-cultural Wedding Song (7:30 p.m. February 18) and closing-night film Lost Islands (8:15 p.m. February 20). General admission is $8.50 to $9.50, $70 for a ten-pack, $95 and up for festival passes (opening and closing-night events cost extra). The fest takes place at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dahlia Street; get a complete schedule at www.maccjcc.org or call 303-316-6360.
Feb. 11-20, 2010

 
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