In its 24th year, the 2019 Seattle Jewish Film Festival is the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the Puget Sound region, attracting over 7,000 attendees annually. SJFF is an eleven-day exploration and celebration of Israeli life and Jewish culture, history, and filmmaking, where everyone can take a global Jewish journey through cinema.

This year, SJFF celebrates a number of films and events about music. In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial, we welcome daughter, author and filmmaker Jamie Bernstein (in attendance) to discuss her new memoir, “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein,” followed by the documentary film LEONARD BERNSTEIN: LARGER THAN LIFE, in which she also appears. A book signing and reception to follow the screening.

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES takes us on a complicated musical odyssey about the unlikely partnerships behind the legendary jazz label founded by German-Jewish refugees as told by jazz greats and some of the brightest stars of hip-hop. A live performance by the Garfield High School Jazz Combo kicks off the screening.

Opening weekend, enjoy the annual Sunday Klezmer Brunch & Sports Film. This special event features a delicious Jewish comfort-food spread catered by Mangia Bene Catering and music from The Klez Katz! before the all-ages baseball documentary HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL, called “A Grand Slam” by The Atlanta Jewish Times.

Other confirmed guests to date include, first-time filmmaker Paula Eiselt (in attendance) with her documentary 93QUEEN about a group of tenacious Orthodox Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance service in Brooklyn, and Joseph Lovett, an award-winning filmmaker and former ABC News 20/20 director/producer, with his documentary film CHILDREN OF THE INQUISITION for the Sephardic Spotlight, featuring University of Washington Professor Devin Naar (both in attendance).

The 2019 Festival runs March 23-31 at various venues downtown and on Mercer Island and continues April 6-7 for the second Eastside edition. SJFF’s full lineup and tickets go on sale February 1, 2019 at SJFF is a vital cornerstone of the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Arts+Ideas season, featuring 40 performing and visual arts programs year-round, and is central to SJCC’s community-building mission, showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of global Jewish and Israeli life, art, and culture.

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