Luminaries and Legends Gala coming, honors three leaders of film
The Boston Jewish Film Festival is excited to announced “Luminaries and Legends,” our major fall fundraiser. Three Luminaries will be honored for their leadership in film in New England on Oct. 22 – Judy Ganz, Lisa Gossels and Kaj Wilson.

Judy Ganz, Festival architect and visionary. Judy has been at the heart of the Festival since its inception, serving as Board Chair from 2002 – 2009.

Lisa Gossels, a documentarian who believes in the power of film to create social change. Her films include Emmy award-winning The Children of Chabannes and award-winning My So-Called Enemy.

Kaj Wilson, Festival artistic director for more than a decade. Kaj brought creative vision and acumen to the Festival and broader Jewish community.

The work of a film legend will be shown at “Luminaries and Legends” with scenes from the work-in-progress documentary, Sidney Lumet: The Moral Lens. The late Sidney Lumet directed more than 40 films, including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, 12 Angry Men, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Murder on the Orient Express and Equus. Director Daniel Anker will share insights on Lumet, the moral questions he raised, and the impact of Lumet’s Jewish upbringing on his films. Daniel will share clips from his documentary Sidney Lumet: The Moral Lens.

The Gala is on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at WGBH, Boston. Co-chairs are Maya Katz of Lexington and Adam Riemer, of Boston. The evening features both silent and live auctions. A list of items will be available on the Festival website. Cocktails, supper and dessert will be offered. Complimentary parking is available. Tickets are $250 each, available through the Festival.

Get your 2011 Film Festival passes now
The schedule for our 23rd Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost finished, but no need to wait to buy the pass. Purchase a Friends Pass for $225, guaranteeing you admission to all fall Festival films and priority seating. Show your support for your friends who bring you the best in Jewish-themed film all year long.

The pass is available either online through the Festival or call us at 617-244-9899.

Saviors, La Rafle, Bride Flight at West Newton Cinema
Saviors in the Night is the true story of Marga Spiegel and her family – Jews living in Germany at the start of World War II. The Aschoffs, patriotic Germans, Nazi sympathizers and fellow farmers, hid Marga and her daughter, risking everything to save their neighbors from certain death. In German with subtitles, 95 minutes.

Bride Flight is a romantic drama about three brides-to-be flying a Dutch airliner from London to New Zealand and a young man on the flight, whose life becomes enmeshed with theirs. In Dutch and English with English subtitles, 130 minutes.

Bride Filght and Saviors in the Night are at the West Newton Cinema. The Boston Jewish Film Festival previously screened the movies.

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story on DVD

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, a hit at the 2010 Festival, tells the story of the contributions of Jewish major leaguers to America’s favorite pastime, while exploring baseball’s special place in the hearts of American Jews. Dustin Hoffman narrates this documentary. Directed by Peter Miller, 91 minutes.

To purchase, visit Jews and Baseball on DVD. Please put “BJFF” in “instructions to merchants” section.

More thanks for your support this summer
The summer is a time for vacation, but fortunately not from our films this summer. The Human Resources Manager, the hit Israeli film, was a sell-out at its screening at the West Newton Cinema. We appreciate your continued support and the positive feedback we received about the film after the screening.

This is our third consecutive sell-out for us this summer. The Names of Love and My So-Called Enemy both were sell outs in the in July as part of the Boston French Film Festival at the MFA and the Roxbury International Film Festival at the Coolidge Corner Theater respectively.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival thanks you!