2019 Shorts – Austin Jewish Film Festival

2019 Shorts


100 Faces
Director and composer Benjamin Till explore what it means to be British and Jewish in this quirky and heartwarming musical film. Till set about finding 100 British Jews, one born in every year between 1918 and 2017. The first shot belongs to a one-year-old in Leeds, and from then on, with each new shot, the person featured is a year older than the previous one. The film reflects the true celebration of the diversity of Jewish people. Till describes his film as a “musical postcard from British Jewish people to the rest of the world.” (12 minutes)
Benjamin Till | UK | 2018 | Musical Documentary | English, Hebrew and Yiddish (with subtitles)
Sunday, November 3 | 4:30 PM – Screened with the feature film Hidden Face.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

A Night at the Garden
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. “A Night at the Garden,” made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States. “A Night at the Garden” was nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy in 2018. (7 minutes)
Marshall Curry | USA | 2018 | Short Documentary | English
Monday, November 4 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film The Mover.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

A Thousand Kisses
Hitler’s rise finds Polish youngsters Moses Waldmann and Natalia Haber living in Germany’s capital city, Berlin. Natalie lives a comfortable and pleasant life and has a job she is proud to hold. Moses takes part in the Zionist movement and is absorbed in books. With the rise of the Nazi regime, fear and uncertainty spread through Jewish communities across Germany. Moses feels the sense of urgency and flees; Natalie prefers to stay in the city she loves. With vows of love and a promise to send letters, Moses hopes to persuade Natalie to join him in a new and safer life on the tropical shores of Brazil. (15 minutes)
Richard Goldgewicht | USA | 2018 | Animated Fiction | English
Wednesday, November 6 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film The Unorthodox.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

Yidlife Crisis: The Double Date
Leizer goes on a blind date set up by his mother to find love at a Kosher sushi restaurant. His best friend Chaimie tags along in case the date goes badly, so he can get Leizer out of the difficult situation. As it turns out they both find the perfect woman (Mayim Bialik) in an assertive neurosurgeon seeking a husband. The blind date for Leizer turns into a battle of nebbish proportions. (6 minutes)
Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion | USA | 2019 | Drama | English
Thursday, November 7 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film Tel Aviv on Fire.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

Egg Cream
“Egg Cream” deals with the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side. The egg cream contains neither eggs nor cream – it was a product of necessity and hardship, but a source of joy and sweetness. Through a tour of egg cream establishments led by a filmmaker and his young daughter, exhaustively researched archival imagery, and even a song by Lou Reed, the film examines the Jewish experience in America and the mythology of a simpler time. (15 minutes)
A film by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller, and Amy Linton | USA | 2018 | Documentary | English
Sunday, November 3 | 2:00 PM – Screened with the feature film Upside Down Tree.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

Finding Our Voice
This film follows a song leader on his journey to build connection in a country that’s divided. We explore the zeitgeist of oral tradition community singing, a re-emerging movement that’s deeply rooted in our humanity. Kudos to the director and filmmaker, AJFF committee member Wendy Corn! (6 minutes)
Wendy R. Corn | USA | 2019 | Documentary | English
Friday, November 1 | 7:30 PM – Screened as part of the Social Action Short Films Program at First Friday, Temple Beth Shalom
Sunday, November 3 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film Picture of His Life.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills
First Friday, Temple Beth Shalom

Mitzvot
A Catholic teen takes a DNA test and discovers he’s Jewish. Frightened and feeling alone because his friends don’t like Jews, he turns to his coach for help. His coach introduces him to a Holocaust survivor, and he realizes that perhaps he needs new friends. (7 minutes)
Steve Bilich | USA | 2019 | Drama | English
Friday, November 1 | 7:30 PM – Screened as part of the Social Action Short Films Program at First Friday, Temple Beth Shalom
Sunday, November 3 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film Picture of His Life.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills
First Friday, Temple Beth Shalom

The Outer Circle
Midway through a grueling Orthodox conversion for his fiancée, Daniel and Katherine are eager to gain the blessing of his intimidatingly large and loud Iraqi Jewish family. At their annual Rosh Hashanah feast, Katherine’s natural elegance and “English” heritage immediately endears her to them, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not as ready as others to accept her. (13 minutes)
Adam Baroukh | UK | 2017 | Drama | English | X – Contains Mature Language
Tuesday, November 5 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film The Other Story.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

 

Shabbos Goy
God literally forbids she turn off a vibrator gone rogue, so an Orthodox Jew sets out on a quest to find someone who can. (7 minutes)
Talia Osteen | USA | 2019 | Drama | English
Thursday, November 7 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film Tel Aviv on Fire.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

 

Vishneva Belarus Soviet Union, Poland
“Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union, Poland” is grounded in the oral history testimony of a Holocaust survivor and has been deconstructed by the interviewee’s son. Unlike most oral histories that focus on the words of the interviewee, this film uses silent images from the interview superimposed with typed memories that describe the unspoken pain borne by father and son for more than half a century. (3 minutes)
Dr. Jacob J. Podber | USA | 2014 | Drama | English
Monday, November 4 | 7:30 PM – Screened with the feature film The Mover.

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills

You’re Invited
After hearing that an elderly woman died alone with no one left to mourn, a college-aged woman shows the beauty and contagious power of selfless kindness through a simple caring act. (13 minutes)
Andrew Kaplan | USA | 2019 | Drama | English
Friday, November 1 | 7:30 PM – Screened as part of the Social Action Short Films Program at First Friday, Temple Beth Shalom
Friday, November 8 | 11:30 AM – Screened with the feature film Golda’s Balcony, The Film (2019).

Venue
Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills
First Friday, Temple Beth Shalom