On Tap This Summer
Our Summer Season is coming to a close with the screening of “Audience Award” winner The Sturgeon Queens. We just wrapped up Santa Fe’s very first North African Sephardic Festival with sold out screenings of two New Mexico film premieres, a concert with international artist Vanessa Paloma, a photographic exhibit, travel talk, and an exploration of Moroccan cuisine. This “festival within a festival” was a huge success, attracting both locals and tourists and requests to hold another North African Sephardic festival next year.
Simon Schama comes to Santa Fe. We had a full house for “A Conversation with Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews”, with over 200 in attendance and folks turned away at the door. Professor Schama brought life, color and wit to a memorable evening, setting the stage for his new PBS series.
First “satellite” screening is a major success! The Santa Fe JFF launched the first of its “satellite” screenings with the award winning documentary, Precious Life, March 9th, at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Jewish Center hosted a post-film reception, making this a very special event.
Last season broke all records with the sixteenth consecutive film we’ve screened in Santa Fe with standing room only and a new summer series, “Cool Films for Hot Days”. We also introduced two new film “genres”. The first, “Israel Upside Down and Sideways” highlighted films with different perspectives on the issues facing Israel today. Selections included the Israeli film and U.S. Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, The Gatekeepers. The second genre, “Cinema Classics”, shined a light on films considered cinematic masterpieces and/or archival treasures. Our selection was the Yiddish masterpiece, Tevye, a film Pasatiempo called a “Cinema Gem”.
Our post-film programming added depth and dimension. We interviewed Arnon Goldfinger, Director of the Israeli Academy Award winner The Flat, Shlomi Eldar, Director of the award winning film Precious Life, and counter-terrorism expert, Amos Guiora, among others. A post-film supper with Mid East analyst Elliot Chodoff provided additional opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the narrative feature film Brothers, winner of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival’s Audience Award.
Our new FlexPass, which provides savings over individual ticket prices and the ability to reserve in advance, proved extremely popular. We will be offering it again in the Fall. We also offered opportunities to sponsor or underwrite a film and to receive free tickets with donations of $125 or more.
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