Jewish Film Festival breaks attendance records

Posted on: December 30th, 2017 by tgregory

By FRAN BRUMLIK

Managing Director, NJFF

Thanks to our wonderful and generous sponsors and involved audiences, the 2017 Nashville Jewish Film Festival (NJFF) was a spectacular success.  With a varied selection of films, ranging from mockumentaries to documentaries and features, the 15 films shown over a three-week period played to enthusiastic and involved audiences.  We are grateful to the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee for again supporting the enhancement of Jewish culture, history and life though the medium of film, as well as to the Jewish Federation of Nashville for its grant and support.

A special thank you goes to all the groups that hosted a screening.  The attendance of members of the host organizations brought the diversity of Jewish life in Nashville alive.  Thank you to the following host groups – we hope you will be part of the 2018 NJFF:

• Gordon JCC and The Temple, Congregation Ohabai  Sholom – “Loving Henri”

• NowGen Nashville and West End Synagogue – “Harmonia”

• Congregation Micah – “Bye Bye Germany”

• PJ Library Parents – “The 90 Minute War”

• W.E.L.L. (Women Engaged in Living and Learning), a program of The Temple – “The Women’s Balcony”

• Nashville Jewish Religious Schools and The Akiva School – “Fanny’s Journey”

• National Council of Jewish Women, Nashville Section – “The History of Love”

• Nashville Hadassah – “The Kind Words”

• B’nai B’rith Social Club – “Compared To What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank”

• B’nai B’rith Maimonides Chapter and Chabad of Nashville, Congregation Beit Tefilah – “Keep Quiet”

• Gordon JCC Senior Programs – “Scandal in Ivansk”

• Next Dor, The Temple, Congregations Ohabai Sholom and Sherith Israel – “Body and Soul”                                                                            

• Nashville Kosher Hot Chicken Festival – “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”

• Vanderbilt University Holocaust Lecture Series – “Monsieur Mayonnaise”

• Gordon JCC – “The Exception”

A big thank you to all the guest speakers who added to our enjoyment of each film: Robert Allan Black and David Haspel, Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, Cantor Sarah Levine, Rabbi Shana Mackler, Daniella Pressner, Professor Allison Schachter, Professor Shaul Kelner, Steve D. Reece, H. Beecher Hicks III, Denise Loder DeLuca, Ari Dubin and Rev. Mark Forrester.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 festival.  •