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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Get 'Yer Tickets: SF Jewish Film Festival

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Each year, this festival presents some amazing films. Get a babysitter and get some tickets now! Movies show in SF, Berkeley, Palo Alto and San Rafael, so location shouldn't be an excuse.

And production locations aren't the same either. Films are from Israel, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, U.K., U.S.A, Slovakia, Russia, Hungary, France, Germany, Canada, Australia...

While I don't have reviews, J Weekly reviews some as it gets closer. Some highlights (from reading the brochure):

Mary and Max - by the Oscar-winning animator Adam Elliot, a "bittersweet comic fable of an unlikely yet extraordinary friendship between a middle-aged, obese New York Jew with Asperger's syndrome and his 8-year-old pen pal from Australia." Voices by Philip Seymour Hoffman & Tony Collette.

The Yes Men Fix the World - "Exposing corporate greed and environmental degradation is serious business - but that doesn't mean you can't behilarious going about it."

Woody Allen's Manhattan - free outdoor screening on July 11 at Union Square (SF) at dusk (8:45 p.m.)

Jews in Shorts - Natalie Portman's directorial debut about great things coming in small packages (short programs).

San Francisco/Castro - July 23-30
San Francisco/JCCSF - August 8-9
Berkeley - August 1-8
Palo Alto - August 1-6
San Rafael - August 8-10

I highly recommend you get tickets in advance if there's something you want to see. Many shows (especially evening) sell out and you may not get in if you just show up.

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