FESTIVAL PROGRAMS – Austin Jewish Film Festival


2018 AJFF is proud to present our distinguished guests who will be participating during the week of our film festival and in Q&A’s following selected screenings.

Sherree Patrice

Sherree Patrice, Vocalist
Saturday, October 27, 2018  – Opening Night Preview
Sherree Patrice will perform a musical tribute to Sammy Davis at the Regal Arbor theater prior to the screening of the opening night Feature.
Doors open at 7:30 for the musical performance which will be followed by the film Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me at 8:00 PM.

About The Artist Born in Chicago, Sherree Patrice grew up on the South Side in historic Antioch Baptist Church, under the leadership of pastor and civil rights leader Rev. W.N. Daniel. As a teenager, she joined the acclaimed Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago. Her first recorded solo was the traditional gospel-flavored “The Race,” featured on the choir’s 1992 top-selling album, We Are One.
To say that Sherree’s sound is distinctive is an understatement. The Grammy and Dove Award recipient is a vocal chameleon in whose satiny delivery can be heard a resume that spans multiple genres, including R&B, rock, jazz, country, and gospel. Her versatility comes from working closely with a veritable who’s who of today’s top singers and songwriters—from Barbara Streisand to Carlos Santana and from Faith Hill to CeCe Winans and Michael W. Smith, just to name a few. After having sung backing vocals on numerous albums, Sherree released three solo albums between 2009–2012. She has since founded and directs the House of Zion Creative Arts Foundation nonprofit whose mission is to create a safe haven within communities to educate and develop aspiring artists.

Jake Wolfson, Education Coordinator,
Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission
Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 7:30pm
Jake Wolfson, Education Coordinator of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission will introduce the film The Invisible.

Eva Gardos

Eva Gardos, Filmmaker, Budapest Noir
Monday, October 29, 2018 – following the 7:30pm film
Q&A following the film Budapest Noir with Filmmaker, Eva Gardos.

About The Filmmaker Éva Gárdos is an award-winning film director and editor born in Hungary which she left at the age of six. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardos her first job in film, working as a production assistant on Coppola’s epic Apocalypse Now in the Philippines. “That was my film school.” She went on to establish a career as a film editor (Valley Girl, Mask, Bastard Out of Carolina), working with distinguished directors such as Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich, and Anjelica Huston. “All of the films I worked on had a dark side,” she recalls. “I’m always attracted to books, movies, art and music that are dangerous, oddly beautiful and funny in weird ways.”
Éva’s screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, An American Rhapsody, starred a young Scarlett Johansson. The film is based on the true life events of Éva’s family escaping from Hungary in the 1950’s and being forced to leave their infant child (Éva) behind. Éva spent six years in Hungary with foster parents before rejoining her biological parents in America. This was a traumatic experience for her. “I’m never sure which country I really belong to,” she says. “Perhaps both. That is a feeling that only immigrants can understand.”
After discovering the bestselling Hungarian novel, Budapest Noir, she returned to Hungary to develop and direct the film version, “The minute I finished the novel, which I read in English, I was determined to make this film. After making Rhapsody, a very personal story, I was excited by the idea of making a genre film with dark, political undertones. Set in 1936, when Hungary was on the verge of embracing facism, the film resonates the politics of today. The film stars stars Krisztian Kolovratnik and Reka Tenki who this year is one of the Berlinales “rising stars”. It was financed by the Hungarian Film Fund and will be released in the US by Menemsha Films in early 2019. Gardos has several projects in the works, including Cindy in Iraq based on a true story about a female truck driver working as a contractor in Iraq working for KBR/Halleburton at the height of the war.
Jacob Goldwasser

Jacob Goldwasser, Director, Shoelaces
Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 7:30pm
Skype Q&A following the film Shoelaces with Director, Jacob Goldwasser.

Alexandra Dean photo

Alexandra Dean, Director,
BombsheLL; The Hedy Lamarr Story
Friday, November 2, 2018 – 11:30am
Skype Q&A following the film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story with Director, Alexandra Dean.

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“First Fridays at TBS”, speaker from “Save A Child’s Heart”
Friday, November 2, 2018 – 7:45pm (Unticketed Event)
“First Fridays” at Temple Beth Shalom. Q&A following the film with Rabbi Freedman. Special program following the film A Heartbeat Away with speaker from “Save A Child’s Heart (SACH)“. This film is being shown conjunction with Lila Bilbe’s Bat Mitzvah Project, more information at Lila Bat Mitzvah Project