JCC Film Fest brings it home with local ties

By JILL COGAN   Festival co-coordinator & Judaic director

The Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival of the Katz JCC is right around the corner, and we would love for you to join us Sunday, Apr. 3 through Sunday, Apr. 10. Through film, attendees will journey to London, Poland, Paris, and Germany, but like any trip abroad we’ll start at home with two short films from Cherry Hill natives.

We are thrilled to be presenting the award-winning short film “Hands of Flame” at our Opening Matinee on Sunday, Apr. 3 at 2:30 p.m., directed by Steven Markowitz, a student at the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This visually stunning film, told entirely in silhouettes, features a unique blend of 3D computer animation and traditional 2D watercolor animation. “Hands of Flame” draws in audiences around the country and has received critical acclaim from many film festivals, including Best Animated Film at the Carmel International Film Festival.

At 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 3, at the Carmike Ritz 16, don’t miss “Elijah the Prophet,” written by local brothers Jesse and Zachary Herrmann. The brothers were inspired to write the film on their way home from a family Passover Seder. Their irreverent, smart humor breathes new life and lots of laughter into the age-old idea of Elijah the prophet. Elijah goes from being an all-knowing prophet to a drunk-driving divine messenger of Passover.

Upon winning the 2012 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition grand prize, the brothers were granted the opportunity to work with award-winning director James Cooper on their film. Come hear Jesse and Zachary talk about their comedic short, which will precede the international film festival favorite, “Dough.”

Tickets for these and all other festival films are now available. Tickets can be purchased online at katzjcc.org/film or in the JCC Adult Department office.

See you at the cinema!

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