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The voices of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival engage listeners in an entertaining, illuminating, and stimulating discussion around a variety of themes and topics rooted in Jewish cinema. Hosted by AJFF’s Sara Glassberg and Brad Pilcher, each episode will showcase exemplary films – from past AJFF favorites to hidden gems, from new releases to the classics.
 
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It may be some time before the full global economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is fully understood. Certainly among those hard hit sectors is the world of entertainment, including what has been a booming film industry in Georgia. As a proud champion of the film ecosystem of our city and state, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is deeply appreciat…
 
Let’s face it: if you’re looking for a great Hanukkah movie to celebrate with this winter, you’re likely to be left out in the cold. While Christmas movies are a genre of their own, it’s hard to credibly name one Hollywood offering that could be called a Hanukkah classic. Could it be that the only "true" Hanukkah movies in existence are Adam Sandle…
 
For most audiences, a night out at the movies means a full course meal. But increasingly, tastes are growing for the diversionary delights and emotional payoffs that come with the oft overlooked short film format. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has long proudly given a platform to shorts, a subgenre every bit as powerful, compelling and innovativ…
 
The best movies don’t just entertain while engendering a visceral emotional response, but also serve as a spark for stimulating conversation. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival seeks to foster and amplify those conversations, bringing together the community in dialogue around the film arts and the important issues of our time. Festival screenings oft…
 
In a year that has been filled with unprecedented challenges, it’s all the more important to find things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Fortunately, when it comes to the world of Jewish film and television, there’s plenty to be grateful for. Join hosts Sara and Brad as they chat about just a few of their favorite TV and movie moments and mil…
 
Over the past twenty years, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has showcased countless films from all around the world that have gone on to have incredible, impressive journeys -- from long and lucrative theatrical runs to Academy Awards recognition to continuing to build bridges of understanding along the festival circuit. Many of these AJFF Cindere…
 
A longtime friend of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Aaron Wolf has an eclectic young Hollywood career both in front of and behind the camera. Based in Los Angeles, he wears many showbiz hats: narrative and documentary filmmaker, writer, actor and co-founder of a full-service production company. You can also add podcast host, improv comedian, jug…
 
Halloween is here, a perfect time to spook ourselves with an immersion into the world of horror movies that tell uniquely Jewish stories. Israeli filmmakers have been among those most recently tackling the horror genre with such AJFF titles as the zombie flick JeruZalem, and a retelling of the classic folktale The Golem. A critically-acclaimed titl…
 
Joining us for this edition of AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast, is very special guest Eli Attie, whose own time in politics and natural writing talent helped shape the much-beloved The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin. This fall, Sorkin is back with The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the infamous court proceedings of seven defenda…
 
What do Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac all have in common? For over 50 years, Israeli-born Julliard drama teacher Moni Yakim has trained Hollywood’s most celebrated actors. This affectionate portrait takes us inside America's greatest performing arts school, while Moni's famous former students share reflections of the r…
 
As we prepare to cast ballots in perhaps the most consequential election in U.S. history, what can cinematic profiles in leadership tell us about picking our future elected officials? From a big city mayor to British and Israeli Prime Ministers, political biographies are a hallmark of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. For our latest election-themed…
 
The fall festival season is already in full swing right here in Atlanta, including Out on Film, one of the oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals in the United States. In our latest podcast, we’ll get a preview of the 33rd annual edition of Out on Film with festival director Jim Farmer and board chair Craig Hardesty, including a couple of Jewish-themed title…
 
The seasons are changing. And with the arrival of fall comes the most exciting and consequential time of year in the cinema industry: the major fall film festivals and the unofficial kickoff to awards season. For film critics, it’s a paradise of prestige movie releases and buzzy speculation as to which titles will go on to claim Oscar gold and a sl…
 
As AJFF continues to examine Black-Jewish relations through film stories, our latest podcast celebrates the creative intersection of these communities in the realm of American music. Collaborative yet sometimes complicated, the relationship between Black artists and Jewish producers in the middle of the 20th century helped to shepherd the rise of j…
 
Every art form has its classics. Cinema is no different. But when it comes to classic Jewish film, does everyone agree on the presumed greats? As you might imagine, when it comes to movies (and especially Jewish movies), no two opinions are the same. For our latest podcast episode, hosts Sara and Brad engage in the sometimes messy but always lively…
 
An audience favorite of the 2020 AJFF, Flawless is the coming-of-age dramedy about a trio of teenage girls who seek to remake themselves before their high school prom. Watch the film online through a special offer for AJFF subscribers and then join us for a Q&A with lead actress Stav Strashko, the first transgender woman nominated for Israel’s top …
 
There’s a new Golden Age of Television upon us, with the lines between the small screen and the big screen increasingly blurred. Today, some of the most compelling stories and characters, and top-notch talent, can be found on television. It’s no wonder our quarantine entertainment includes both catching up on movies while also binge-watching our fa…
 
We often don't think about the way Jewish culture and values have shaped comic book characters and the superhero stories we tend to see in our summer blockbusters, but they certainly have. This episode seeks to unpack the influence of Stan Lee's Jewish identity on some of our most cherished superhero movies, but also to consider the way Jewish acto…
 
By now, listeners of AJFF In Conversation: The Podcast know that, while far from experts on everything, Sara and Brad love movies. But, what many may not know is, they also love books: books about Jewish film, Jewish books that should be films, and books about film by Jews. For this episode, Sara and Brad have combed their overflowing bookshelves a…
 
In this episode of AJFF In Conversation: The Podcast, filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper joins hosts Sara and Brad for a candid, eye-opening conversation centered around her recent documentary Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, a look at the complex racial politics of the Nazi Games in 1936 Berlin as experienced by African-American athletes. With the b…
 
AJFF has long shared strong female narratives through film. How do these stories intersect with Judaism and Jewish life? What are some memorable films that reveal the everyday realities of Jewish women around the world, and serve as a vehicle for understanding and action. Join hosts Sara and Brad and special guest, Lior Zaltzman, as they explore th…
 
What exactly is the Jewish notion of vengeance, and how has the concept been handled across Jewish media? Has it been portrayed with nuance and complexity, or has it mostly been a means of on-screen violence and exploitation? Join Sara, Brad, and special guest Dr. Eyal Peretz, as they try to answer these questions, exploring just how revenge plays …
 
Sometimes we think we're done talking but we're not really done talking. Enjoy these extra minutes of conversation with film scholar Eddy Von Mueller as we dig a little deeper on the subject of comedies about tragedy. This bonus episode was recorded after we thought the discussion from the previous episode ("Am I Allowed to Laugh at This?") was fin…
 
Cinema has offered numerous satirical takes on history's darkest chapter, often controversial and sometimes considered in questionable taste. Film scholar Eddy Von Mueller joins AJFF In Conversation podcast hosts Sara and Brad as they grapple with the taboo topic of Holocaust humor, discussing Chaplin's The Great Dictator and Taika Waititi's Jojo R…
 
Actor Jesse Eisenberg and writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz joined AJFF online in April to discuss their new biographical drama Resistance with historian Catherine Lewis. Please enjoy the audio of this webinar as Eisenberg and Jakubowicz go behind the scenes of the film, which is based on the true story of legendary mime Marcel Marceau and his ef…
 
What is the relationship between food and the Jewish experience, and how has that relationship been cooked up on the movie screen? What are the quintessential Jewish foods, their role in cinematic stories, and most memorably delicious onscreen representations? Join hosts Sara and Brad, and special guest Shannon Sarna (The Nosher) as they explore th…
 
We're back with part 2 of our conversation about recommended movies to watch while cooped up flattening the curve. Dr. Matthew Bernstein of Emory University returns to join our hosts Sara and Brad, and you, for a deep dive into some uplifting, inspiring, and maybe even somewhat challenging Jewish movies you should seek out while sequestered at home…
 
So, you've finished watching all of Netflix (or so it seems). What are the best Jewish movies that can help pass the time while practicing social distancing? Join hosts Sara and Brad, and special guest Dr. Matthew Bernstein of Emory University, for this first-ever edition of AJFF In Conversation: The Podcast. You’ll hear about some of the most ente…
 
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