The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is back for its 12th year and is bringing 52 feature films and 18 short films to film enthusiasts this year. Taking over the cinema scene in Atlanta from February 8 to 29, 2012, AJFF, is the largest film festival in Atlanta and the second largest Jewish film festival in the country. An Atlanta-wide event, AJFF is featured for 22 days in 6 venues across the city:
- Opening Night at The Fox Theatre – Wednesday, February 8, 2010 – featuring My Best Enemy, a dark comedy about WWII, featuring Hollywood-style storytelling, absurdist humor, and highly entertaining plot twists in the style of Inglourious Basterds (also available – tickets to the full VIP Red Carpet Opening Night Extravaganza – visit website for more information)
- Young Professionals Night at Strip and Regal Atlantic Station – Thursday, February 9, 2010 – a unique night of networking, film and music, featuring Rabies, Israel’s first horror film
- Regular festival screenings at Regal Atlantic Station, The Georgia Theatre Company Merchants Walk Cinema in East Cobb, Lefont Sandy Springs, Tara Cinemas, and United Artists North Point Market in Alpharetta
Rabies. I’m not a huge fan of horror films, but there’s something about Rabies that draws me in. It’s a smart, sexy, campy, in-your-face horror film – not your average slasher flick. And it’s the pick for Young Professionals Night, so you can eat, drink and network from 6-8 PM at Strip in Atlantic Station and then head across the street to the catch the film. Just be sure you bring someone you’ll want to grab onto for those scary moments. Describing Rabies as a twisted parable on fear and rage in Israeli society, first-time directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado shot this slick homage to American B-movies in just 19 days on a shoestring budget.
The Apple Pushers. the uplifting story of immigrant street cart vendors and an urban initiative to bring nutritional food to those who need it most. Attempting to address a lack of access to fresh and affordable produce, New York City launched an experiment in which “Green Carts” bearing fruits and vegetables would be deployed to “food deserts,” low-income neighborhoods where obesity rates are skyrocketing. Narrated by Oscar nominee Edward Norton, The Apple Pushers chronicles public-private efforts to mitigate a national health crisis through the intersection of entrepreneurship and the American Dream. If you attend the Friday, February 10 screening, enjoy healthy eats from some of Atlanta’s best food trucks (including our only Kosher food truck!) in Atlantic Station after the film! Film ticket holders will receive a $2 voucher, good at the food trucks, courtesy of Atlantic Station!
Dirty Dancing. It’s the 25th Anniversary (yeah, it makes me feel old, too) of this icon of pop culture, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Jerry Orbach. I know I can’t wait to bring my girlfriends to see this classic coming-of-age tale of teenage rebellion and sexual awakening on the big screen…this time, we can go out for drinks afterward. Maybe getting older isn’t so bad, after all!
Of course, there are so many more movies to check out – a healthy variety of documentaries, narratives, short films, comedies, dramas, romances and more! There’s truly something for everyone. They’re Jewish films…with a twist!
Tickets are just $8.00 for matinees (Monday through Friday, until 4:00 PM), $9.00 for students, seniors and children, and $10.00 for adults. You can also purchase gift certificates to give the gift of film to friends and family – at just $10 each (each gift certificate equals one film ticket), they make great gifts! (Pssst…Valentine’s Day is coming!)