Film Festival 2018

SVJFF films

The 2018 Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (SVJFF) kicks off its 27th annual events, beginning October 14th and runs through November 11th. The main screenings will take place at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC) in Palo Alto and at the AMC Saratoga 14 cinema in San Jose.

Join us for Opening Night Event with screening of the film Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me and special guests Manny Davis, son of Sammy Davis, Jr., and Obba Babatundé, a Tony Award nominated and Emmy Award winning actor, singer, dancer, director, writer and producer. This rich documentary explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Discussion and reception to follow.

Come meet the producers, the director, Jonathan Miller, and the three aspiring comedians featured in the film Standing Up: David Finklestein, who risks expulsion from his ultra-Orthodox Jewish community with every performance; Sara Parks, who moved to New York to become a star, but is barely scraping by; and Raafat Toss, a successful lawyer bored with his career and now finally ready to follow his passion. An Egyptian lawyer, a couch-surfing custodian, and an Orthodox Jew, walk into a comedy club in this documentary that captures the devastating lows and exhilarating highs of their journey. Discussion and reception to follow.

Closing Night will feature a screening of Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta and special guests, Bettina Ehrhardt, the director of the film, and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.. India-born conductor Zubin Mehta is most identified with the Israel Philharmonic, where he serves as Music Director for Life and the nation's face of cultural excellence. This biography is a tribute to a true believer in the international language of music. Discussion and reception to follow.