Louisville Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Feb 3 – Feb 25

Several Different Locations - 11 International Films


LOUISVILLE, KY —The Louisville Jewish Film Festival is proud to celebrate it’s 20-year history of bringing a rich and diverse selection of films that speak to the Jewish culture and identity. For the first time in many years, the Louisville Jewish Film Festival will open with a documentary. Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me will open the longest running film festival in Louisville on February 3 at Bellarmine University. The film tells the story of the song and dance man who converted to Judaism. A catered reception will follow the film. It is the first of 11 films that run through February 25 at various locations throughout Louisville. This year will also be a tribute to Louis Levy, the festival’s co-founder who passed just a few weeks before the festival opened. 

While many Jewish films tend to be darker, Festival Director, Marsha Bornstein told the film selection committee to look at the film “not only through their eyes, but through the community’s eyes. What do they want to see?” The answer was to expand the festival in a lighter direction.

This year’s festival will also highlight a number of comedies and children’s films, a genre that Jewish filmmakers worldwide are not normally known for. The Pickle Recipe, a light-hearted movie about a Jewish man who attempts to steal his grandmother’s secret pickle recipe to help pay for his daughter’s bat mitzvah. The Pickle Recipe will be shown on February 7 at Adath Jeshurun.

Also new this year, the festival is showcasing several films for the family, including Abulele (February 11), recommended for ages 9 and up. The last film of the festival, Belle and Sebastian (February 25) will be presented in partnership with the inaugural Louisville Children’s Film Festival. Belle and Sebastian, a French dubbed film in English, is based on a children’s book about a boy and his special connection to his dog who is suspected by the neighbors of killing livestock amid the backdrop of World War II.

The 2018 Louisville Jewish Film Festival runs February 3-25 and features 11 international films. The majority of screenings are held at The Village 8 Theatres and special events at Bellarmine University, Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum, Congregation Adath Jeshurun and The Temple. Most tickets cost $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door with $5 student tickets.

For the full list of films, trailers, screening locations, price and ticket information for the 2018 Louisville Jewish Film Festival, visit www.jewishlouisville.org/filmfestival

For Further Festival Info Contact Marsha Bornstein at mbornstein@jewishlouisville.org.

Various Locations - see schedule
Louisville, KY 40205
Marsha Bornstein
Email Us
$10 - $25
Complete list of event date(s)
02/03/2018 - 7:30pm to 02/25/2018 - 10:00pm