2016 City Paper Spring Arts Guide

City Paper Spring Arts Guide If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I wonder if Natalie Portman would make a good director,” the Washington Jewish Film Festival’s got you covered. Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, will close out a week-long festival of nearly 80 international films, screened across the city. Features, documentaries,…

2016 Washington Post: Going Out Guide

Washington Post: Going Out Guide “Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank”Screenings of this documentary about former Massachusetts representative Barney Frank, one of the first openly gay members of Congress, are shown at Spotlight Evenings of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, which continues through March 6 at multiple venues. Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at…

26th Washington Jewish Film Festival Announced

26th ANNUAL WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS LINE-UP   From February 24 – March 6, the largest Washington Jewish Film Festival to date will feature 69 films, 150+ screenings and events, 12,000+ attendees WASHINGTON – Now in its 26th year, Washington Jewish Film Festival (February 24 – March 6) explores gender, migration, the supernatural, Arab…

The Big Takeover: Gary Lucas’ Fleischerei

The Big Takeover: Gary Lucas’ Fleischerei Captain Beefheart/Jeff Buckleycollaborator and prominent solo/session guitarist, Gary Lucas, rekindles his love of soundtracks with an enthusiastic tribute to the Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailorcartoons that so shaped his upbringing. Music from Max Fleischer Cartoons celebrates the songs that accompanied Fleischer Studios’ early 1930s animation. Joined by trombonist/co-arranger Joe…

Daily Mail: Inspired by Jackie O? Natalie Portman stuns in pink couture coat at screening of A Tale of Love and Darkness

Daily Mail: Inspired by Jackie O? Elegant beauty Natalie Portman stuns in pink couture coat at screening of her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness Natalie Portman never takes a fashion misstep. And the 34-year-old actress didn’t disappoint when she attended a screening of her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness…

The Georgetown Dish: Look at us Now

The Georgetown Dish: Look at us Now Hollywood on the Potomac caught up with filmmaker and TV producer Gayle Kirschenbaum who was in town for The Washington Jewish Film Festival and we totally agree with the following comments: “An earthy, intense, tangy look at one mother-daughter relationship. Kind of like a Jewish-American Joy-luck Club. It’s…

Indiewire Festival Announcement

Indiewire Festival Announcement Now in its 26th year, Washington Jewish Film Festival (February 24 – March 6) explores gender, migration, the supernatural, Arab citizens of Israel, artists’ lives, and LGBTQ themes. In addition to the groundbreaking lineup of films, the Festival will host talkbacks and panel discussions with over 50 domestic and international filmmaker guests.…

Nell Minow Interviews Ilya Tovbis

Nell Minow Interviews Ilya Tovbis Ilya Tovbis is director of the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, which will take place from February 24-March 6, 2016. In an interview, he talked about what it means to be a “Jewish movie.” “It’s on one hand easy and on the other hand a much more complex question. The…

Variety Reviews ‘Wedding Doll’

Variety Reviews ‘Wedding Doll’ In what amounts to a contemporary Israeli take on “The Light in the Piazza,” a mentally handicapped young woman’s dreams of love and marriage are stymied by her overprotective mother in “Wedding Doll.” A big winner at last year’s Ophir Awards, documentarian Nitzan Gilady’s first narrative feature may have its international commercial…

Washington Post: Gary Lucas gives swing to the Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s

Washington Post: Gary Lucas gives swing to the Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s Veteran guitarist Gary Lucas has made some impressive albums over the years, but none more engaging than “Fleischerei: Music From Max Fleischer’s Cartoons.” Not even close. With its delightfully animated arrangements and inspired casting — Broadway vocalist Sarah Stiles nearly steals…

World Music Central: Gary Lucas to perform ‘Fleischerei’ at 2016 Washington Jewish Film Festival

World Music Central: Gary Lucas to perform ‘Fleischerei’ at 2016 Washington Jewish Film Festival Guitarist Gary Lucas is set to present a multimedia performance featuring 1930s cartoon tunes on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event includes a 6-piece ensemble direct from New York…