When the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg opens next month, it will celebrate its 22nd year, one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the nation.
In an effort to bring the Festival to the audiences, six venues instead of just one, are being utilized. The main feature movies will be shown at The Sandler Center, The TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Beach Movie Bistro and the Naro Expanded Cinema. The Simon Family JCC and Beth Sholom Village will each screen one free movie.
Since some Virginia Beach residents want to see a weeknight film closer to home, the Tuesday evening show will be held at Beach Movie Bistro. The Opening Night movie and reception will again be screened at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
In Norfolk, The Naro Expanded Cinema, which was the Festivals’ original home, will show the Thursday night film. “We are happy to once again partner with the Naro,” says Mark Robbins, Festival chair.
The festival has a long-standing relationship with Tidewater Community College, where it will show three films. TCC began a new Intercultural Learning program spearheaded by Dr. Jeanne B. Natali several years ago. The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film has again been selected as one of the cultural events for their students and it will be incorporated in the TCC curriculum.
With school out on Monday, Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King Day, the JCC will screen a free children’s movie at 10:30 am, An American Tale.
*of blessed memory
by Leslie Shroyer