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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
DATES FOR THE FESTIVAL RUN FROM JANUARY 30 – FEB. 20, 2013
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) was founded in 2000 and is the largest film festival in Atlanta. It is a 22-day film extravaganza and exploration of Jewish life, culture and history. In 2012 the festival attracted more than 30,000 moviegoers. In 2013 there is an estimated collection of 71 narrative and documentary films explored by the festival and it is marking its 13 year for the Atlanta community. Throughout the events ballots will be cast and collected for a variety of categories and awards will be given out along with a special screening and a statuette.
It seems like just yesterday that this festival was starting out and struggling to find host theaters and like the other fledgling film festivals in Atlanta was up against 1st run movies and the strain of competing against the other festivals while trying to find and claim its own identity. Those infant days are behind it as AJFF now claims top spot in the Atlanta market for film festival titles and is inching its way up the scale on a national level as well.
For a video preview of the festival, please click here. (Viddler is a great service, and this preview will give you an idea what the festival is about. The AJFF is the past recipient of prestigious grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and National Endowment for the Arts, and generously supported by more than 250 other corporate, foundation, government and individual sponsors.
Of course one of the films I was greatly looking forward to this year is Koch. Not just because I’m a New York fan and through osmosis an Ed Koch fan, but because he stool for so many good things. And we lost him this past year. Ed Koch is what gave New York its attitude back in the late 1970s and early 80s. He always embodied what I thought a true New York politician should be like. The documentary is culled together from more than 100 hours of footage. For sure, the doc. I am looking most forward to seeing this year.
For second place, my most anticipated film is the spanish flick, All In. The fim centers on a professional gambler whose marriage goes bust, he bluffs his way through life and gets an unexpected second chance at love. At first glance this might appear to be just another romantic comedy. What is has going for it is celebrated Argentine auteur Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) who has been dubbed the Woody Allen of Latin America. I’ve seen a few clips of this film floating on the internet and while I’m not the biggest fan of reading subtitles, I make an exception every now and again.
I highly recommend getting out to the AJFF this year. The host theaters are all over Atlanta this year. Click here for a list of theaters. Some of them are bound to be near you. Of course, have no fear, I have already managed to talk my way into a free festival movie poster as I do each and every year. It amazes me how much the festival has grown these last few years. I might not yet have a film in the festival, but perhaps I can persuade them to let me do some marketing for them next year.
Text by Greg Treadway