Season Four is now well underway with an oversold opening night for the screening of Defiant Requiem with Conductor Murry Sidlin, in person. And we just wrapped up our Mini Festival of New Israeli Cinema, a first for Santa Fe, with attendance in eight days that was 75% greater than the attendance in our full first year!
In fact, 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 introduced two new film “genres” last season. 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.
Our fourth season continues to bring films that entertain, engage and inform. The season opened on October 12th with Defiant Requiem, an extraordinary documentary about a young choral conductor imprisoned at Terezin, the choral group he formed that performed Verdi’s Requiem on 16 occasions, and the Catholic Mass that gave hope and strength to the Jewish prisoners. Over sixty years later, Conductor Murry Sidlin returned to Terezin to conduct a memorial concert of the Requiem. The story of the concert is also told in the film, and Conductor Sidlin will be joining us in person for the screening.
A Mini Festival of New Israeli Cinema, special events and more are just part of what’s in store for Season Four.
If you are interested in sponsoring or underwriting a film or would like to be on our e-mail list for future announcements, please contact us.
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