Jewish film fest expands North County theaters

COAST CITIES — For the first time, the 21st annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival is expanding its reach to North County with screenings of Jewish-themed shorts, documentaries and feature length films in Carlsbad and San Marcos.
This year’s festival runs from Feb. 10 to Feb. 20 and features more than 45 films that touch on a number of subjects, including human rights, historical events and the diversity found in the Jewish culture. The annual festival is presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, or LFJCC, and is sponsored by the Leichtag Family Foundation.
“We’re always interested in having the general public attend because the films treat subject matter that should be of interest to anyone,” LFJCC film festival publicist Judith Anderson said. “We are expecting a big turnout.”
Films will be screened at five theaters around San Diego County, including the Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State Street, and Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, 1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard.
“We’ve expanded significantly into North County in response to a big population of people who said they would like to have some options in their own neighborhoods,” LFJCC publicist Anderson said.
The 11th annual Joyce Forum — an opportunity for the public to see and hear from emerging and established filmmakers — will be held Feb. 14 in conjunction with the festival. It is named after film festival founder Joyce Axelrod.
The Joyce Forum will feature eight short films and will be screened at
the Clairemont Reading Cinemas 14, 4665 Clairemont Drive in San Diego, starting at 3 p.m. A discussion with seasoned filmmaker Sam Ball begins at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of “Over 90 and Loving it,” a documentary by Rancho Santa Fe native Susan Polis Schutz, at 8 p.m.
“Our documentaries are on really interesting subjects,” Anderson said. “And what’s interesting about the shorts and feature films is that some of them are based on true occurrences too.”
A festival committee attended screenings around the country and in Canada to evaluate and select films to premiere at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. Other films were submitted to the committee for consideration.
“All of the films were evaluated on their artistic and general interest merits,” Anderson said. “There’s so many great film options that it’s going to be very, very difficult to choose.”
For a complete list of show times, theater locations and ticket purchasing information, visit lfjcc.org/sdjff or call (858) 362-1348.

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