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Maine Jewish Film Festival features premieres and visiting filmmakers

Posted March 07, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Jewish Film Festival slated for March 22-29, will bring filmmakers from around the world to Maine for New England, East Coast, North American, and World Premieres of films. The screenings will offer moviegoers the opportunity to discuss the works with visiting filmmakers with lively question-and-answer sessions following the films as well as receptions.

Over the course of the week, screenings and events will take place in Portland at Nickelodeon Cinemas, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and the Portland Museum of Art; Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville; The Strand Theatre in Rockland; Frontier in Brunswick; and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta.

MJFF will feature the following visiting filmmakers and premieres:

  • Swedish filmmakers Magnus Gertten and Lennart Ström will visit for the East Coast premiere of Harbour of Hope. It will premiere in Portland on March 24, followed by a screening in Augusta on March 25.
  • Director Alice Agneskirchner will attend the North American premiere of An Apartment in Berlin, playing in Portland, Waterville and Brunswick on March 23, followed by a screening in Rockland on March 24.
  • The World Premiere of Blue Hill resident Richard Kane’s Jon Imber’s Left Hand, screening in Portland on March 23 & 26, with Kane present for Q& A sessions following both screenings.
  • Directors Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir will be present for Q&A after the March 23 screening of Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement.
  • Director Monica Haim will attend the New England Premiere of Awake Zion, shown in Portland on March 22 & 27, and March 23 in Waterville. Haim will be present for Q&A following the screenings on the 22nd in Portland on the 23rd in Waterville.
  • The New England Premiere of Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story will take place in Brunswick on March 23, followed by screenings in Portland on March 23 & 25.
  • The New England Premiere of Sleeping with the Fishes will take place in Brunswick on March 23. Director Nicole Gomez Fisher will attend a screening in Portland on March 26.
  • Brandeis University Professor Tom Doherty, author of “Hollywood and Hitler,” will present a talk with film clips based on his highly acclaimed book on March 25.
  • Select visiting filmmakers will also lead a panel discussion at the free Women Filmmakers Forum, held on Sunday, March 23 at the Portland Museum of Art.
  • The Holocaust and Human Rights Center will present a free conference on “The Role of Archive in Restoring and Conserving Identity” on March 25. Conference moderator Elizabeth Klinck recently won a Canadian Screen Award for the archive research she did on Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story.

The full schedule of festival films and events is available online at www.mjff.org/2014-daytoday. Tickets and all festival passes are available now.

The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience.

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