On the day after the last Hanukkah candle burned, The Atlanta Jewish Committee, the most vital Jewish cultural institution in Atlanta released the line-up for the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, its annual festival of light for all, if you will.
The program guide showcases an impressive slate of over 50 programs of internationally celebrated foreign, independent, and animated feature films, documentaries and shorts. The event is stacked with world premieres, high-profile guest speakers, substantive panel discussions, and classics like the 25th Anniversary of Crossing Delancey. (Disclosure: I sit on the programming committee, and was sworn to secrecy until they let The Rabbi's Cat out of the bag.)
Nationally, the AJFF ranks second only to San Francisco as the country's largest Jewish Film Festival by attendance. Locally, as the two-time reigning champion of CL's "Best of Atlanta" in the film festival category the event is Atlanta's undisputed marquee film event.
The festival's lights burn for 22 days, from January 30 - February 20, 2013, in a number of venues throughout the metro Atlanta area, including Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station 16 + North Point Market 8, Lefont Sandy Springs Theater, GTC Merchants Walk, UA Tara Cinemas 4, and a very special opening night venue, the Cobb Energy Centre, featuring the Atlanta Premiere of Hava Nagila (The Movie), "a joyous and uproarious look at the iconic folk song that became a global cultural phenomenon."
Matthew Bernstein, Atlanta's film guru and chair of the Film & Media Studies Department at Emory, chairs the festival's programming committee and offers his thoughtful insights and recommendations here: http://www.ajff.org/article/professors-picks
All of the festival materials make the following appeal:
Starting January 3, 2013, tickets can be purchased at www.AJFF.org or by calling the box office at 866-214-2072. Plan to order early; screenings will sell out!
Take note, this is not braggadocio. If you don't get your tickets early, you'll find yourself boxed out.
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