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 $7-$6-$5. 


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.

Sunday, 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 / English
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 student.


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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