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For Immediate Release

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.

Contact:  Kevin Ledgewood

205-758-5195, x6


(Tuscaloosa)  The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County and
Temple Emanu-El will present the 8th Annual Jewish Film Festival February 27
– March 2, 2010 at the Bama Theatre.  The festival will open with a
reception featuring a Jewish food festival at 6pm on the 27th.

Film festival passes (including food festival and all five films) are
available at for a discounted price of
$25.  Admission to both the food festival and screening of *A Serious
Man*is $10.
The food festival will be limited to 200 patrons.  Tickets for individual
films will also be on sale at the box office prior to their screening for

*Tuscaloosa’s inaugural Jewish Film Festival took place in 2003 through a
partnership between Temple Emanu-El and the Arts and Humanities Council of
Tuscaloosa County. The festival was established with the goals of
introducing local audiences to the best of Jewish filmmaking and expanding
cultural and social understanding. *

* *

*For more information call 205-758-5195 or visit for a
complete synopsis of films and festival details.*
*Schedule & Admission **
Saturday, February 27 at 6pm:
*Food Festival and 7:30pm: Screening of *A Serious Man* ($10) *
Sunday, February 28 at 2pm:
**Who the Jew Are You?* and *Holy Land Hardball *($7 / $6 / $5) *
Monday, March 1 at 7:30pm:
**A Matter of Size* ($7 / $6 / $5) *
Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30pm:
**Hey, Hey it’s Esther Blueburger* ($7 / $6 / $5)
All screenings will take place at the Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave., in
downtown Tuscaloosa. Tickets will be available for sale at the Bama box
office approximately one hour prior to screenings.
* <>*
*Saturday, February 27 - Food Festival (6pm) and screening (7:30pm) of **A
Serious Man <>** **
*2009 / Directed and written by Ethan & Joel Coen / Comedy-Drama / Rated R /
1 hour 45 min / English-Yiddish-Hebrew / Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard
Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick / 2010 Golden Globe nomination (Stuhlbarg)
*Synopsis*: The story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in the
universe. Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet
Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Lennick)
that she is leaving him for one of his more pompous acquaintances. Larry’s
unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a
discipline problem at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching
money from his wallet for a nose job. Larry seeks advice from three
different rabbis to help him cope with his afflictions and become a mensch -
a serious man.

February 28 at 2pm **
Who the Jew Are You?* *
*(Double Feature with *Holy Land Hardball*)
*Synopsis:* When Alan Goldman’s son was born, he was not only faced with the
decision of whether to circumcise him but also with the realization that
Sacha was not actually Jewish. So begins a journey that asks, ‘What does it
mean to be Jewish?’ Alan’s peregrinations take him to Orthodox communities
in Crown Heights, New York, where the faithful debate points of scripture.
From Jewish rappers to a lesbian couple who wants their adopted Chinese
daughter to have a traditional Bat Mitzvah, Judaism means different things
to different people. If Alan can figure out Judaism’s relevance in his own
life, he can pass on this knowledge to help his son find his place in the
Jewish world.
*Sunday, February 28**
Holy Land Hardball
*2009 / Directed by Erik Kesten & Brett Rapkin / Documentary / 50 min /
*Synopsis:* When Boston bagel maker Larry Baras wanted to create a
professional baseball league in Israel, his idea was met with incredulity,
dismissal and even hostility. He attempted it anyway. The team includes a
41-year-old father of three with a Peter Pan complex; a 27-year-old Brooklyn
artist/d.j. still finding himself after the disappointment of not being
drafted out of college; a 34-year-old father-to-be whose own father, now
deceased, fought for Israel’s independence in 1948; and a 22-year-old
African-American who was told by a preacher at a young age he would one day
“play in front of God’s people.”
<>Monday, March 1 at 7:30pm
A Matter of Size
*2009 / Directed by Sharon Maymon & Erez Tadmor / Comedy-Drama-Sport / 1
hour 30 min/ Starring Shaul Azar, Divir Benedek, Itzik Cohen, Shmulik Cohen
/ Hebrew-Japanese
*Synopsis:* A group of overweight people from the Israeli city of Ramla is
fed up with the sanctity of diets and the ‘Dictatorship of the Thinness’
promoted by their weight loss workshop. Herzl (Itzik Cohen) is an
overweight, underemployed chef. Unable to find a job cooking, he becomes a
dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant. One day he notices his coworkers
watching sumo wrestling on TV. To Herzl, sumo is a revelation, and with
three hefty pals in tow, he decides to pursue the sport where his size is an
asset. Through sumo they are connecting to themselves and to their large
bodies, each one in his own way. Co-directors Erez Tadmor (Strangers, TFF
‘08) and Sharon Maymon (who also co-wrote the script) have created a
feel-good comedy reminiscent of crowd-pleasers like *The Full Monty*. The
result is a sweet, touching, funny, and relatable story of self-acceptance
and determination.

* <>Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30pm **
Hey, Hey it’s Esther Blueburger
*2008 / Directed and Written by Cathy Randall / Comedy-Drama / 1 hour 43
min/ Starring Danielle Catanzariti, Christian Byers, Keisha Castle-Hughes,
Toni Collette, Essie Davis, Russell Dykstra / English
*Synopsis:* This film is a smart, rueful, and dead-on portrait of life’s
unending quest to fit in and the girl who solves it by completely breaking
out. Audiences are introduced to a feisty outsider hero unlike any other
seen on screen. Esther Blueburger’s quest begins when she escapes from her
Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni, the effortlessly cool girl who
is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther
abandons her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish
family to hang out with Sunni’s far breezier and super-hip single mom Mary.
She also attends Sunni’s forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange


Dr. Kevin Ledgewood
Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc./Bama Theatre
P.O. Box 1117
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35403

phone: 205-758-5195, x6
fax: 205-345-2787
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