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American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs Southern CA Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 11:00 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 5:00 PM

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San Diego’s Yale Strom (Artist in Residence in the Department of Jewish Studies, San Diego State University) dives deeply into the life of Eugene Debs, a five-time candidate for President of the United States representing the Socialist Party of America which he co-founded. He championed labor rights and stood against income inequality, becoming a de facto progenitor of Bernie Sanders. Narrated by Amy Madigan, the film overflows with captivating and compelling historical footage, imagery and documentation.

THE SIDEBAR
Continue the Conversation on Sunday February 11, with our Guest Speakers, right after the Q&A! Join directors, filmmakers and fellow moviegoers at the bar! The Sidebar, that is. A casual space for continued film conversation and connection. Located in the lobby of EDWARDS SAN MARCOS 18

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Yale Strom | USA | 2017 | 100 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Yale Strom, Director, Elizabeth Schwartz, Executive Producer, Co-Writer, Luke Jungers, Editor

Awards: Audience Award - Best Documentary, 2017 United Workers Film Festival, NYC.

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Bag of Marbles, A

Bag of Marbles, A San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 8:15 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Tue, Feb 13 8:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 7:30 PM

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VIEWER DISCRETION: ADULT CONTENT

Canadian director Christian Duguay (JOAN OF ARC) takes us into the dark heart of Vichy France with a dramatic coming-of-age tale. The film centers on two Jewish brothers attempting to survive the Occupation, outwit the enemy and re-unite with their family. Based on the best-selling autobiographical novel of the same title by French-Jewish author Joseph Joffo, the film moves from horrifying to hopeful to heart-lifting. 

Contains some grim war scenes that may be distressing.

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Christian Duguay | France, Canada, Czech Republic | 2017 | 110 mins | French, Subtitled | Narrative

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Between Worlds

Between Worlds San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Mon, Feb 12 7:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 15 5:00 PM

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An intimate family drama set in Israel, BETWEEN WORLDS  was named “one of five films to look out for” at Cannes, 2016. An attack on the secular son of an Orthodox family sets up a collision between two families and two cultures. The son is visited in the hospital by his mother, Bina, with this tragic event creating the first opportunity for the two to reconnect since the boy “lost his way.” At the hospital, Bina finds solace talking with a young Arab woman, Amal, seemingly there to tend to her own ailing father. But Amal has a secret, and as it starts to come to light, so begins a profound exploration of the nature of faith, love, and truth, one that leads the women to a new understanding of each other and themselves.

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Miya Hatav | Israel | 2016 | 81 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

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Dark Diamond

Dark Diamond San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 10 6:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 7:30 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Wed, Feb 14 8:00 PM

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The Hollywood Reporter calls DARK DIAMOND “a visually striking heist thriller [with] terrific performances.” Set in the secretive world of diamond merchants, the film is centered on a young man living a double life (by day, blue collar worker; by night, master burglar). He reinserts himself into his family’s diamond-dealing business in order to uncover the truth of how his estranged father came to be found dead in the streets of Antwerp. In a film studded with star-making performances, the aesthetics are the real star, which reveal debut director Arthur Harari’s gift in both classic film noir and cutting-edge art house cinema.

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Arthur Harari | France, Belgium, Canada | 2016 | 115 mins | French, German, Dutch, English, Subtitled | Narrative

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Drawing Against Oblivion

Drawing Against Oblivion California Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 10:30 AM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 11:00 AM

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VIEWER DISCRETION: ADULT CONTENT

This award-winning film may be hard for some viewers to categorize. It’s the true story of an Austrian-born artist whose parents, to his shame, joined the Nazi Party. As he grew older, he made it his life’s mission to render in charcoal the portraits of children killed in the death camps. But it’s also the story of what motivates a person to make art in the first place, and what leads him to change to seek a deeper understanding of his personal history and our shared humanity. Viewers curious about the path of an artist and scholars of history will both find something deeply rewarding in DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION.

Contains some concentration camp photos.

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Bärbel Jacks | Austria, Germany, Poland, USA | 2014 | 67 mins | German, Subtitled | Documentary

Awards: Best International Documentary, Garden State Film Festival

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Future 38

Future 38 San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 4:30 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Wed, Feb 14 11:00 AM

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A must-see from the 2017 Slamdance (NOT Sundance) Film Festival, Future 38 is a hip, kitschy, satirical sci-fi. On its surface, it’s the tale of a young man who time-travels from 1938 to 2018 to help win WWII. But the film—shot in glorious Technicolor—was “supposedly” made in 1938, so it presents a rather imaginative version of 2018. No matter, the movie is more about making you laugh! Local actor Hillel Meltzer appears as a Jewish mobster named Matzoh. The film also includes a cameo from Neil deGrasse Tyson, who—tongue firmly in cheek—says, “Finally, a movie that gets the science right.”

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Jaimie Greenberg | USA | 2016 | 75 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: February 11, Jamie Greenberg, Director, Writer, Editor / February 14 Hillel Meltzer, Actor

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Harmonia

Harmonia

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 1:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 4:30 PM

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Lovers of classical music and classic stories will be greatly rewarded by HARMONIA, which transposes a tale from the book of Genesis into the contemporary world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic. Sarah, a harpist, and Abraham, the orchestra’s conductor, have a strong but childless marriage. A young woman joins the orchestra, and the three become involved in each other’s’ lives with consequences that have repercussions for each. This contemporary drama from Sivan Ori (co-creator of the hit Israeli TV series IN TREATMENT), benefits from glorious art- and music-direction, and takes this Biblical story into new territory.

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Sivan Ori | Israel | 2016 | 98 mins | Hebrew, Arabic, Subtitled | Narrative

Guest Speaker: February 11, Rabbi Gabi Arad / February 13, Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Awards: Winner of The Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2016 | Winner of The Lia Van Leer Award for Films about Jewish Heritage, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2016

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Heather Booth: Changing the World

Heather Booth: Changing the World San Diego Premiere

JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 9 10:30 AM
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 2:00 PM

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Social justice warriors: meet your matriarch. Heather Booth is the most influential civil rights organizer you have never heard of. Participants in this eye-opening documentary include Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Warren, and President Barack Obama. For more than 50 years, wherever there was a fight for equality, Heather Booth was there: from her start as an organizer living on a kibbutz in Israel to helping Senator Warren create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ms. Booth is, simply put, America’s conscience. 

Do to circumstances beyond our control, Heather Booth will not be attending the 2018 SDJFF.

THE SIDEBAR 
Continue the Conversation on Sunday February 11, with our Guest Speaker, Director Lillly Rivlin, right after the Q&A! Join directors, filmmakers and fellow moviegoers at the bar! The Sidebar, that is. A casual space for continued film conversation and connection. Located in the lobby of EDWARDS SAN MARCOS 18.

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Lilly Rivlin | USA | 2017 | 60 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Lilly Rivlin, Director

Awards: Three Israeli Academy Awards Nominations, 2016 | Best Cinematography, Haifa International FF 2016

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House of Z

House of Z San Diego Premiere

JCC Garfield Theatre | Fri, Feb 9 2:00 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 4:00 PM

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Zac Posen rose quickly in the fashion world—and fell quickly, too. But, like a Phoenix, he has returned. This documentary is a look at both the designer and the industry that created him in such a fast and furious manner. Family members, and Posen himself, speak honestly about his upbringing, his business decisions and his struggles. Debut filmmaker Sandy Chronopoulos gets high marks, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “Fashionistas will obviously appreciate this undishy but intimate doc, which is especially strong in its account of the designer's flowering as a creative teen.” 

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Sandy Chronopoulos | USA, Canada | 2016 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: February 9, Zandra Rhodes, Fashion Designer

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Humor Me

Humor Me San Diego Premiere

The Lot - La Jolla | Thu, Feb 15 6:30 PM (Flix Mix)
The Lot - La Jolla | Thu, Feb 15 8:00 PM (Flix Mix)
Edwards San Marcos | Sat, Feb 17 6:30 PM

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HUMOR ME stars award-winning actors Elliot Gould, Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Potts, Jermaine Clement (from HBO’s FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) and singer Ingrid Michaelson. A father and son comedy, the story centers on the son (Clement) who is forced to move into his father’s (Gould) retirement community. The film’s winsome performances and winking humor will remind audiences of writer/director Sam Hoffman’s acclaimed earlier work, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES. 

FLIX MIX MIXER, includes mixer and film, Humor Me: 2/15/18 at 6:30 PM, The Lot, La Jolla

FLIX MIX, screening only, Humor Me: 2/15/18 at 8:00 PM, The Lot, La Jolla

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Sam Hoffman | USA | 2017 | 93 mins | English | Narrative

Guest Speaker: Video Introduction: Sam Hoffman, Director / February 15, Gabriel Mann, Music Director

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Invisibles, The

Invisibles, The Southern CA Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 11 4:30 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Thu, Feb 15 5:00 PM

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Explore a largely unknown element of WWII in THE INVISIBLES, which tells the story of four Jews living in Berlin during the Third Reich. In 1943, the Nazis declared Berlin “free of Jews,” but at the end of the war, there were nearly 1,700 Jews living there who had never left the city. How did they avoid capture? How did they get by? What could—and what did—they do to help others? Using historical footage, dramatic re-enactments and interviews with the survivors, this intense, moving film reveals the resourcefulness, courage and humanity of individuals who may have been in hiding but never stopped fighting.

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Claus Räfle | Germany | 2017 | 100 mins | German, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Audience Favorite - Silver Award, Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

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Our Father

Our Father San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Tue, Feb 13 5:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 2:00 PM

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A wildly acclaimed Israeli film—with lead actor Moris Cohen snagging the Ophir (Israel’s equivalent of the Oscar) for Best Actor—OUR FATHER is a gripping tale about the ethical and moral challenges faced by Ovadia, a doorman at a Tel Aviv nightclub. His biggest fight isn’t on the job—it’s at home where he and his wife have tried without success to become parents. When a mobster offers him work, Ovadia sees an opportunity to make money for fertility treatments. But no one enters a working relationship with the Mob without paying a price. 

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Meny Yaesh | France, Israel | 2016 | 108 mins | Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Best Actor (Moris Cohen), Best Editor, OPHIR Awards (Israeli Oscars) 2016 | Best Film, Best Actor, Montreal Israeli Film Festival 2017

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Paradise

Paradise San Diego Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 6:50 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 1:50 PM

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VIEWER DISCRETION: ADULT CONTENT

The central mystery of this Holocaust drama and the interwoven fates of the three characters propel this dazzlingly photographed black and white film to a surprising climax. These three—a member of the French Resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking German SS officer—tell their shared story in a series of flashbacks, directly addressing the camera and giving the film the feel of a documentary. Fans of art house fare will agree with THE NEW YORK TIMES, which called it “a strikingly shot Holocaust drama… [that] shows a flair for imagery that evokes the CITIZEN KANE photography of Gregg Toland.”

Contains some concentration camp re-enactment scenes

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Andrei Konchalovsky | Russia | 2016 | 130 mins | Russian, German, French, Yiddish, Subtitled | Narrative

Awards: Best Feature Film, Golden Eagle Awards, Russia 2017 | Best Film, Nika Awards, Russia 2017 | Silver Lion Best Director, Venice Film Festival 2016

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Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Edwards San Marcos | Sat, Feb 17 7:00 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sun, Feb 18 1:30 PM

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Did you know Robert Shaw—hailed as the greatest conductor of choral music in history—had no formal music training? His genius was an ability to train others in music performance and inspire them to go beyond their perceived musical and personal limits. His career, which lasted over 60 years, garnered him 16 Grammy Awards and included being Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, was fueled in part by a passion for community. This documentary was a labor of love by Executive Producer Kiki Wilson, who worked with Shaw for 18 years.   

THE SIDEBAR 
Continue the Conversation on Saturday February 17, with our Guest Speaker, Director Peter Miller, right after the Q&A! Join directors, filmmakers and fellow moviegoers at the bar! The Sidebar, that is. A casual space for continued film conversation and connection. Located in the lobby of EDWARDS SAN MARCOS 18.

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Peter Miller, Pamela Roberts | USA | 2016 | 72 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Peter Miller, Director

Awards: Gold Award (Documentary), Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards 2017 | Award of Excellence (Documentary Feature), Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 | Best Documentary, Beaufort International Film Festival 2017 | Best Documentary, Palm Beach International Film Festival 2017 | Best of Fest Award, AmDocs (American Documentary Film Festival) 2017 | Best Documentary, Breckenridge International Film Festival 2017 |

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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me San Diego Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Thu, Feb 8 7:00 PM (Opening Night)
Edwards San Marcos | Thu, Feb 15 8:00 PM

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Opening Night
Delight in a toe-tapping, star-studded homage to the vastly-talented and Jewish Sammy Davis, Jr. Directed by Sam Pollard (winner of both an Emmy and a Peabody Award), this documentary delves deeply into the life of the legendary entertainer, hopscotching through the years and opening big with an exploration of his time with the Rat Pack. With footage spanning his career from his screen debut at the age of seven to some of his final performances, the film reminds us that Davis was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.

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Sam Pollard | USA | 2017 | 100 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: February 8, Larry Maslon, Writer

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Shelter

Shelter West Coast Premiere

Edwards San Marcos | Sun, Feb 11 7:05 PM
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Sat, Feb 17 6:30 PM

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A Mossad agent. A Hezbollah informant. An edge-of-your-seat spy thriller set against an ever-shifting geopolitical climate. Shelter has it all. Based on Shulamith Hareven’s novel, THE LINK, and directed by Eran Riklis who brought us LEMON TREE and THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, the film takes place primarily in a safe house where the agent and informant—both women—are hiding out. As the walls of the outside world close in, with militants getting ever closer in their attempts to kill the informant, the walls of the inside world begin to crumble. Plot twists you won't see coming make this an unforgettable film experience.

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Eran Riklis | Germany, Israel, France | 2017 | 93 mins | English, Hebrew, Subtitled | Narrative

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To the Ends of the Earth: A Portrait of Jewish San Diego

To the Ends of the Earth: A Portrait of Jewish San Diego International Premiere

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 | Tue, Feb 13 8:00 PM
Edwards San Marcos | Wed, Feb 14 5:00 PM

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By wagon train and steamship, Jews began arriving in San Diego in 1850 when it was a dusty, sleepy, pueblo in the remote southwest corner of the United States. Their innovations, determination, and strong sense of community breathed life into and shaped the greater community, helping to create what is today the 8th largest city in the nation. Director Isaac Artenstein (TIJUANA JEWS) turns his keen cultural eye on San Diego’s history. With over 50 interviews that include descendants of early Jewish pioneers, scientists, entrepreneurs, academics as well as avant-garde artists, rabbis, and surfers, the film creates a living portrait of a vibrant and culturally-dynamic community that has thrived in this region for over 150 years.

Program Panels:

February 13th Screening:
1. Isaac Artenstein, Director
2. Joellyn Zollman, Historian
3. William Lawrence, Executive Producer

February 14th Screening:
1. Isaac Artenstein, Director
2. Keith Shapiro, Editor & Writer
3. Allan Phillips, Composer
4. Sergio Ulloa, Director of Photography

THE SIDEBAR  Continue the Conversation on Wednesday February 14, with our Guest Speakers, right after the Q&A! Join directors, filmmakers and fellow moviegoers at the bar! The Sidebar, that is. A casual space for continued film conversation and connection. Located in the lobby of EDWARDS SAN MARCOS 18.

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Isaac Artenstein | USA | 2018 | 90 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: See above synopsis for Guest Speaker / Program Panels

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