WELCOME BACK TO THE
WHITE MOUNTAIN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL!

SEASON 4     JULY – AUGUST 2017

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A TOAST ON THE PATIO
ON OPENING NIGHT JULY 6th, 2017

at the
COLONIAL THEATER
Main Street, Bethlehem, NH 03574

SAVE THESE DATES:  
July 6, 20,  August 3, 17, and 31

FILMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THIS PAGE MAY 1st
And in the STAR, our BHC Newsletter

BUT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY?
Send your name and email address to:
Dorothygoldstone@gmail.com

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

 

ALL TICKET HOLDERS INVITED TO RECEPTION & GUEST SPEAKER on the COLONIAL PATIO

6:30  RECEPTION
7:00   GUEST SPEAKER
7:30   FILM

 

 

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HERE'S A RECAP OF last year's 2016 SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL


Opening Night - July 14

We kick off the season with "Dough," a fairytale for adults starring award winning British actor Jonathan Price as an aging baker, working with an economically challenged refugee struggling to make a new life in a foreign land.  A randy widow, an opportunistic drug lord, and a scheming business executive are tossed into the mixing bowl.

Opening Night Speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein knows a lot about challah baking! Rubenstein, a master Challah baker, co-founded the inspiring Bread and Torah Organization with his wife, Rabbi and Torah scribe Linda Motzkin. Rabbis Rubenstein and Motzkin will be running workshops and leading services throughout the weekend. For more information about the rabbis and their work , visit http://breadandtorah.org/

STARRING:  Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones)
                      Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine)

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Synopsis: Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) clings to his way of life as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. Understaffed, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Dough is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places..


Thursday July 28

“Our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve…Crimes and Misdemeanors is so funny it hurts…” ROLLING STONE

Come watch the extraordinary cast of “CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS," a unique film by Woody Allen which explores the complexity of life, death, God, religion, morality, crimes and responsibility, love and lust, happiness and the price one pays for it, and among those eternal subjects - how much fun it is to skip work or school and to sneak off to the movies...!   

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Guest Speaker Rick Winston, a film historian and public speaker, has been involved with film programs since 1970 when he founded the Lightning Ridge Film Society in Montpelier, Vermont that became the Savoy Theater in 1981, and which he ran with his partners until 2009.  Winston was also one of the co-founders of Montpelier’s Green Mountain Film Festival, and served as its Programming Director until 2012. “Crimes and Misdemeanors” is one of his favorites, and he will give us background, history, and help to explore the meaning of this unique Allen film. Read more about Rick Winston at http://rickwinston.org


Friday, August 5th

“A classically simple story, told through an elegant visual language as bold as it is thoughtful, this is an important film not just in content but in form….“Son of Saul” is the debut film of the 38-year-old director László Nemes, and it is a work of remarkable power…” Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

A special joint presentation with the Colonial Theater of this year’s Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Film: "SON OF SAUL."  It is a grueling portrayal of the most horrendous event in human history.  The film explores the boundaries of being human and how we can we keep our dignity in a cruel, human-less world.

Interview with Son of Saul director

BHC is honored to welcome Spirit Holder Eve Marko, co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers’ “Bearing Witness at Auschwitz Program.” Marko brings a deeply personal perspective as a child of survivors and later the co-founder of Zen Peacemakers’ annual Bearing Witness Retreats at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This film, as challenging as it is, could also be transformative, and Marko will guide us into and through the experience. To learn more about Zen Peacemakers’ founder Bernie Glassman, the Bearing Witness Program, and the Three Tenets (Not-knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Actions), please visit http://zenpeacemakers.org/zen-peacemakers- the-beginning/.


Thursday, August 11

“A fascinating little-known historical tale stirringly recounted about Jewish-American fighter pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in its 1948 War of Independence.”   HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

We bring you the acclaimed film "ABOVE AND BEYOND," directed by award-winning director Roberta Grossman. This celebrated film produced by Nancy Spielberg portrays the little-known story of the Jewish-American pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war and prevented the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.

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Our guest speaker, Arthur Bernstein, lived through this era and volunteered as a seaman for the Bet Aliya sealift effort that carried thousands of refugees across the Mediterranean to Israel. He has since served as President of American Veterans for Israel, the organization of Americans who served in Israel’s War of Independence.  Background Resources: http://www.israelvets.commuseum_production.html and http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~sklausne/NeWin06.pdf


Closing Night - August 25

“Heartfelt and heartwarming, Deli Man is documentary filmmaking at its tastiest.”  TORONTO STAR

Don't miss the featuring of the deliciously funny "DELI Man," paired with special catered kosher deli delights during our ON THE PATIO gathering.  

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Guest speaker Ted Merwin is the author of “Pastrami on Rye, An Overstuffed History of the JewishDeli,” winner of a 2015 Jewish Book Award. Merwin is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Dickenson College (PA) and Director of the college’s Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life. He writes about Jewish theater, dance, and food for the New York Jewish Week and other major newspapers and magazines. Film and deli lovers will have a chance to purchase autographed copies of his book after the film. For more info about Merwin, see http://www.tedmerwin.com/

For this spectacular closing night event, BHC and the WMJFF Committee thank Nancy Gugenheim who inspired us to screen “Deli Man,” by offering to sponsor a real spread of kosher deli appetizers for our closing night social hour on the patio.


CO-SPONSORED BY THE GRETCHEN BEINECKE TRUST.

We are ready and eager to invest in speakers for every event. This is our biggest budget item, since most speakers are traveling to Bethlehem and require room and board, as well as an honorarium. Your donations, large and small, are the underpinning of the WMJFF and promote our ultimate goal of “Building Community Through the Arts." Thank you so much for your generous support!

For more information, call 917-838-2646, Dorothy Goldstone, Festival Director, WMJFF

 

PRICING
 

Tickets: BHC & Colonial Members - $9 ($6 for Son of Saul)           General Admission - $10 ($8 for Son of Saul)

                                            Passes: All 5 films included – All Audiences - $36

  TICKET HOLDERS ARE INVITED TO TO THE PRE-FILM RECEPTION AND GUEST SPEAKER ON THE PATIO

For Advance Purchases for Series – Contact Sid Regen – e.sregen@roadrunner.com or 603-823-7711

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