The event takes place at the Century 16 Theatres in Pleasant Hill and March 21 through March 23 at the Orinda Theatre. Debra Levin, the Festival chairperson and a Pleasant Hill resident, notes that the Century 16 site will launch the Festival. “While we loved the old Cinearts dome theatre, we are enthusiastic about our move to downtown. I know that our festival-goers will enjoy the shops in the area.” With that in mind, the Festival built more time in the schedule between the morning and early afternoon films so that attendees could dine in one of the nearby restaurants. Levin adds, “This is a win-win for everyone. We get to screen films in the state-of-art Century 16 theatre, and film fans can visit the downtown area and all it has to offer.”
The superb quality of international films in 2013 also resulted in the Festival’s adding an extra day to its schedule. “We normally run from Saturday evening through Thursday evening, however, this year we added Friday screenings because we had a surplus of excellent movies to show our audience,” explains Levin. While rich in dramas and documentaries, the Festival also has a lighter side. “When Comedy Went to School features the early careers of such comedians as Mort Sahl, Jerry Lewis and Jerry Stiller, while Lunch is more like a reality show. It showcases legendary screenwriter Carl Reiner, the legendary comedian Sid Caesar and other movie and television personalities who meet every few weeks at a deli in Los Angeles for lunch and a lot of reminiscing,” Levin says.
As usual, the Festival has an international line-up with feature movies from France, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Australia, Belgium, Canada and Israel. Levin adds, “Movies are a great way to visit the world without actually getting on a plane. That’s why our motto is ‘See a Film. See the World.’”
The Festival is presented by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and is sponsored by City National Bank, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, RINA Accountancy, Diablo Magazine, Destination Wealth Management, Wells Fargo, and Aaron Metals. For the complete schedule or to purchase tickets visit www.eastbayjewishfilm.org or call 510.318.6453.