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2019 SCREENING SCHEDULE

FILMS BY TITLE


OPENING NIGHT GALA
THURSDAY, MAY 2

CARL LAEMMLE
PREMIERE

Documentary/USA/2018/91 minutes
Directed by James L. Freedman

Join us for a Gala Event celebrating the history of Hollywood and commemorating Yom Hashoah with a Premiere of “Carl Laemmle”, one of the key founders of the movie industry and an unsung hero.

We will also be honoring a special guest – Hollywood legend, director PETER BOGDANOVICH (What’s Up Doc, Paper Moon, Mask) with the Marvin Paige Hollywood Legacy Award!

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He gave us make-believe monsters then saved people from a real one! “Carl Laemmle” is a documentary about the extraordinary life story of Carl Laemmle, the German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Studios, and later fought to rescue over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany. Told through the interviews with family members, historians and luminaries including Leonard Maltin, director Peter Bogdanovich, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal, and others and with the voice of Carl Laemmle portrayed by actor Willie Garson.

Film to be followed by Q&A with writer/director James L. Freedman and other special guests

7:15 PM – Doors Open for Red Carpet and Reception
8:00 PM – Program begins
Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills


CENTERPIECE FILM
SATURDAY, MAY 4
“SHEPHERD:
THE STORY OF A JEWISH DOG”

WEST COAST PREMIERE
Drama/USA/2019/93 minutes
Directed by Lynn Roth (The Little Traitor)

Based on the award-winning and bestselling Israeli novel, “The Jewish Dog,” by Asher Kravitz.

Kaleb, a beautiful German Shepherd lives with a Jewish family in 1930’s Berlin. When a Nuremberg law passes that Jews can no longer own pets, the family is forced to give Kaleb away and separate him from his beloved 10 year old master, Joshua. Kaleb is trained to be a Nazi guard dog in a concentration camp. He is well cared for and good at his job until one day when he is distracted by a familiar scent. What ensues during this terrible time is seen through the eyes of the dog.  

Q&A with award-winning director Lynn Roth and actor August Maturo (“Girl Meets World”) who plays Joshua.

Family friendly film but recommended for ages 11 and above

Saturday, May 4, 8:00 PM
Laemmle Music Hall Theatre, Beverly Hills


WEST COAST PREMIERE!  
MONDAY, MAY 6
“SKIN”

Drama/USA/2019/120 minutes
Written & Directed by Guy Nattiv

Starring Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Bill Camp, Vera Farmiga.  

After a difficult childhood drives him into the grasps of a white supremacist gang, Bryon (Jamie Bell, delivering a visceral, explosive performance) tries to escape to a new life, all the while questioning whether he’s capable of undoing— and repenting for — the evil he’s done.

Academy Award Winner® Guy Nattiv makes his English-language feature debut with this galvanizing story of transformation, inspired by actual events

Q&A with Guy Nattiv!

Monday, May 6, 7:30 PM 

Laemmle Music Hall Theatre, Beverly Hills


CLOSING NIGHT

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) with this LA premiere about Golda Meir, the mother of Israel!

With an appearance by special guest and star of the film,
TOVAH FELDSHUH!

GOLDA’S BALCONY
WEST COAST PREMIERE!
Dramatic Feature USA/2019/86 minutes
Directed by Scott Schwartz, Produced by Dave Fishelson

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Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning, mesmerizing performance as Golda Meir, the final masterpiece by the author of The Miracle Worker, William Gibson. The film, from a rare, multi-camera shoot from the play’s original run was recently unearthed (literally, from a safe) and assembled into a new but absolutely riveting motion picture.
“Golda’s Balcony” charts the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel, and is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th Century. In this new film, Meir’s life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. As a play on Broadway, the work sold out over 500 performances, becoming not only the longest-running, one-woman show in Broadway history, but earning accolades far and wide.

* Audience Award – Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2019
* Audience Award – Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival, 2019
* Audience Award – Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, 2019
* Audience Award – Honolulu Jewish Film Festival, 2019
* Best of the Fest – New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, 2019

Q&A with Tovah Feldshuh and producer Dave Fishelson.
7:00 PM – Doors Open for Red Carpet 
7:30 PM – Program begins
Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills


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