Once again it is time for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and we have worked long and hard to bring you the best films available.
This is a record year, as we boast over 100 films representing 21 countries.
Highlights include the World Premiere of Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s personal documentary, Between Two Worlds, which explores the divisions that are redefining Jewish identity and politics. Their film will be followed by a panel discussion that will ask the resonant question: Who speaks for the Jewish community? In addition, the small screen makes it to the big screen as the TJFF focuses on the high quality television that is coming out of Israel; we present a sample of the brand new season of the comedy series Arab Labor, the colourful and charming miniseries Mary Lou,—director Eytan Fox’s (The Bubble) answer to Glee—as well as other treats. There are also documentary profiles of some diverse and truly remarkable personalities— wrestlers, writers, cartoonists, Communists… and Winston Churchill.
The special sidebar series focuses on three artists—world-renowned symphony orchestra conductor, composer Leonard Bernstein; legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen; and groundbreaking comedian Lenny Bruce. The Three Lennys offers a rare opportunity to follow these artists at various stages of their lives and careers—through a series of rarely-screened documentaries, live-in-concert films, shorts and a feature biopic, as well as a live musical component and guest speakers.
In a special three-evening event, TJFF, in partnership with Hillel, is paying tribute to the achievements of the diverse film schools in Israel. We are screening a sample of their work.
Bigger and better than ever, the TJFF has something for everyone. Covering the city, we now screen in seven venues: the Bloor Cinema, the Al Green Theatre, the Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Centre Cinemas, the SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas, and now, the new Underground Cinema, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Cineplex Odeon Canada Square.
Britney Spears, he’s not. But Moses still gives the paparazzi an eyeful in this comic ad for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival—an homage to celebrities everywhere who exit automobiles without underwear. Note the skillful genital pixellation—whoever did that was a pro! The TJFF has notched its first PR victory already, by having the ad rejected by the Toronto Transit Commission. “There are instances where people might not find it funny,” says a transit rep. (We can’t think of any, but I suppose it’s possible.) The poster is part of a series of ads depicting Moses as a movie-theatre employee. Check out a few videos after the jump. In one, he parts a puddle of spilled soda like the Red Sea, so a young lady can pass. In the other, he milks a goat at the concessions stand. Via Work That Matters.