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A Tinder-addicted bachelor takes relationship advice from his irascible German grandma and her toy boy boyfriend with hilarious results.

Click here for a special message from filmmaker Stephan Nielson
Click here to watch GRANNY KNOWS BEST!

View more online monthly shorts at https://jfi.org/watch-online/online-shorts!


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Dear JFI Friends and Family,

In 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. It ensured that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. JFI honors the 30th anniversary of this landmark act with six superb films focusing on people with disabilities. The screenings of these films at The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival throughout the years have been some of the most memorable and moving events in recent festival history and have included several guests with disabilities. We were fortunate enough to preserve their spirited q&a’s which we’ve included for you here along with the films themselves. Most recently JFI’s Cinegogue Summer Days program featured extensive use of ASL translation and Closed Captioning and we were honored to host a special virtual conversation with the creators and subjects of the hit Netflix film CRIP CAMP. …


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ABOUT WENDY MACNAUGHTON DRAWS CASTRO COMMONS
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, artist Wendy MacNaughton and documentary filmmaker Sam Ball spent an afternoon silently people watching; exploring a beloved San Francisco parklet. In these times when interpersonal connection can feel difficult, their short film invites the viewer to appreciate the sense of community an outdoor public space can generate.

Watch this Q&A between subject and filmmaker, then enjoy the short film below!

Wendy MacNaughton Draws Castro Commons was originally produced for a multimedia installation at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The JCC asked MacNaughton and Ball to create work on the theme “We are not permanent, but we are not temporary,” reflecting the Jewish holiday of Sukkot’s emphasis on reflection about the impermanence of life, the search for home and the welcoming of strangers.

View more online monthly shorts at https://jfi.org/watch-online/online-shorts!


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Dear JFI Friends and Family,

No country has been more synonymous with the eradication of Jewish life during World War II than Poland. With antisemitism on the rise following the emergence of far-right leadership here and abroad, it’s perhaps with little surprise that even in 2018, Poland had proposed a controversial Holocaust bill that threatened prison sentences to anyone who publicly ascribed blame to the Polish state for crimes committed by Nazi Germany. Though the law would be overturned months later, the sentiments behind the claim still linger throughout modern Poland. …


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Still image from PETTING ZOO

About the film:

In 1974 a local TV news station crew came into the filmmaker’s home to document and learn about Jewish rituals. A narrative evolves about the formation of American Jewish identity and transforms into an analogy for the current rise in nationalism and anti-Semitism.


Dear JFI Friends and Family,

Religions and cultures which are dissimilar than our own often prompt preconceived ideas and opinions. Unless you’ve been given the opportunity to interact firsthand with another culture, film can be a powerful alternative to transport you into the shoes of someone truly different than yourself. With the recent popularity of the Netflix shows Unorthodox and Shtisel (SFJFF 2014, 2016) we focus our gaze into the world of Haredi Jews living in 21st century Brooklyn and Jerusalem. In this week’s program Orthodox in the Modern World, we suggest three superb films you might have missed. …


From filmmaker Eric Goldberg

Introduction from filmmaker Eric Goldberg
Click to watch!

For more online monthly shorts visit https://jfi.org/watch-online/online-shorts!


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Peggy Guggenheim

Dear JFI Friends and Family,

We’ve all heard the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but what does it really mean when it comes to art? Whether something is “art” doesn’t solely exist on its own but is rather defined by observation. That famous quote can help us remember that a beholder is someone who sees or otherwise experiences things, becoming fully aware of them. If art, like beauty, is truly in the eye of the beholder, it’s really our personal opinion that does the judging.

In this week’s program we meet an affluent art collector whose tastes made and supported careers in the high society artworld, an outsider artist working with found plastic materials and yearning to be recognized in that rarified world, plus several scrappy young Jewish cartoonists that eventually bring a respectability towards the comic artform. …


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Click for intro from filmmaker Pietro Pinto
Click here to watch the film!

For more online monthly shorts visit https://jfi.org/watch-online/online-shorts


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Judy Montell was a filmmaking force of the universe. She was well-known, respected and beloved by the Bay Area filmmaking community. She came to filmmaking later in life (after 50) and produced 8 films over the span of 25 years. She was nominated for an Oscar for Forever Activists: Stories from the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade which screened at SFJFF in 1991 and the SFJFF produced Jewish Film Festival in Madrid the same year. …

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