DC Metro Theater Arts: Film Review: ‘Menashe’ Appearing at The Washington Jewish Film Festival

Film Review: ‘Menashe’ Appearing at The Washington Jewish Film Festival Fuelled by fantastic performances and effective cinematography, Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Menashe brings to light the world of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community through the story of a widowed man’s struggle to keep custody of his son. Menashe (played by Menashe Lustig) is an Orthodox Jew struggling…

DC Outlook: Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Barry Levinson to Receive WJFF Visionary Award

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Barry Levinson to Receive Washington Jewish Film Festival 2017 Visionary Award The Washington Jewish Film Festival announced today Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson will receive a 2017 WJFF Visionary Award, which recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the Jewish experience through film and television. The Festival will honor Levinson on Thursday, May…

Film International: International Films abound at the 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival

International Films abound at the 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival Twenty-seven years on, the Washington Jewish Film Festival remains a vibrant part of the Nation’s Capital scene. As the area’s largest Jewish cultural event, the 12-day program of documentary and narrative movies, running from May 17-28, will feature 63 features and 18 short films…

Gather DC’s Top Picks at the 27th WJFF

Top Picks at the 27th Washington Jewish Film Festival The Washington Jewish Film Festival is back from May 17th to May 28th with a brand new lineup of films, special events, and filmmaker guests including industry titans Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam), and Agnieszka Holland…

IndieWire: Film Festival Roundup

Film Festival Roundup: Maryland Unveils Narrative Picks, Sundance London Announces Opener and More The Washington Jewish Film Festival announced today Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson will receive a 2017 WJFF Visionary Award, which recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the Jewish experience through film and television. The festival will honor Levinson on Thursday, May 18 at…

J.B. Spins: Tribeca ’17: The Exception

Tribeca ’17: The Exception Theater director Leveaux gives the film an old-fashioned vibe that quite suits the material. He and Burke are also wise not to spell out the backstory events that so disillusioned Brandt. It’s WWII, we can imagine more than enough. Nor do they try to mold him into a problematic martyr. With…

Radio Poland: Film director Holland honoured in US

Film director Holland honoured in US Polish film director Agnieszka Holland has been honoured with the Visionary Award by the Washington Jewish Film Festival, which opens on 17 May. The distinction recognises “creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image”. Holland will collect the award at a…

The Times of Israel: Israeli filmmaker chronicles parents’ failed attempt to hijack a Soviet plane

Israeli filmmaker chronicles parents’ failed attempt to hijack a Soviet plane Israeli filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov grew up knowing that her parents were heroes. But in her new documentary “Operation Wedding,” she asks her father, “Were you terrorists, dad?” “Certainly we were terrorists,” he replies, laughing. “But I told you, we were good terrorists.” In 1970,…

The Washington Post: Montgomery County community calendar May 18-25, 2017

Montgomery County community calendar May 18-25, 2017 Screening: “Angel Wagenstein: Art Is a Weapon” The Mid-Atlantic premiere of director Andrea Simon’s 2017 documentary is a portrait of Angel Raymond Wagenstein, a Bulgarian Jewish filmmaker, writer and lifelong revolutionary. In English, German, Russian and Bulgarian with English subtitles. Part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A…

The Washington Times: ‘Clueless’ director Amy Heckerling attends screening at Jewish Film Festival in DC

‘Clueless’ director Amy Heckerling attends screening at Jewish Film Festival in DC “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling appeared at the Washington Jewish Film Festival for a screening of her 1995 teen romantic comedy starring Alicia Silverstone. Ms. Heckerling, who also directed “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Look Who’s Talking,” came up with the idea for…

WTOP: Barry Levinson, Amy Heckerling headline Washington Jewish Film Fest

Barry Levinson, Amy Heckerling headline Washington Jewish Film Fest WASHINGTON — He was born in Baltimore and studied at American University before directing “Diner” (1982), “The Natural” (1984), “Good Morning Vietnam” (1987) and “Rain Man” (1988), which won him an Oscar for Best Director. This week, Barry Levinson headlines the 27th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival (May 17-28), bringing important films and insightful…

Yahoo Movies: Film Festival Roundup

Yahoo Movies: Film Festival Roundup The Washington Jewish Film Festival has announced the program for the 27th annual event. The festival, which runs from May 17 – 28 in venues throughout the Washington area, includes 63 feature-length and 18 short films from 25 countries, and showcases the diversity of Jewish life across the world. Read…

Yahoo: Film Festival Roundup

Film Festival Roundup: Maryland Unveils Narrative Picks, Sundance London Announces Opener and More The Washington Jewish Film Festival announced today Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson will receive a 2017 WJFF Visionary Award, which recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the Jewish experience through film and television. The festival will honor Levinson on Thursday, May 18 at…