Festival talent scheduled to attend
- Directors David Blumenfeld and Matthew Kalman and guest artist comedian Yisrael Campbell will accompany their film “Circumcise Me” on Feb. 8.
- Michal Goldman will accompany her film “Home in Utopia” on Feb 8.
- Roberta Grossman, director of “Blessed is the Match” will speak about his film at the Feb. 15 screening.
- Igal Hecht, director of “Shield of Solmon” will appear at the Feb. 8 screening.
- Dr. Robert Scott Kellner, the grandson of Frederick Kellner, will accompany the film “My Opposition: the Diaries of Frederick Kellner” on Feb.12 to talk about his grandfather’s political campaign against Hitler and the Nazi Party.
- Allen Mondell and wife Cynthia Salzman Mondell, directors of “Monster Among Us” will accompany their documentary on Feb. 6.
- James Sherman, playwright and screenwriter of “Beau Jest,” will speak about his film at the Feb. 7 and 8 screenings.
- David Vyorst director of “First Basket,” a documentary exploring the impact that basketball and modern Jewish history have had upon each other will speak about the film Feb. 15.
- Michael Yohay, director, along with producer Gloria Greenfield, will appear with their documentary “The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost” on Feb 8.
Special film events
- For Moms and Dads with children under one year of age: Parents are invited to pack the diaper bag, bring the stroller and enjoy the story about falling in love - “Beau Jest” - on Feb 9.
- For General Audiences: The 7th Annual Joyce Forum Shorts in Winter presents outstanding Jewish-themed short-subject, documentary and feature films by student and early-career filmmakers from around the world. This year’s Joyce Forum takes place Feb. 9, at the AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres. Check online for times and film titles. The evening concludes with a 7:30 p.m. screening of “We Must Remember,” a documentary made by broadcast journalism students at Carlsbad High School that focuses on the experiences of 16 students discovering the horror of the Holocaust.
- For Teen Screen night: “The Little Traitor,” an uplifting, heart-warming story about a young Israeli boy and his unlikely friendship with a British soldier takes place Feb. 10, 6 p.m., at the AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres. A pizza dinner (for teens only) precedes the film and a post-film discussion follows. Teen Screen is open to teens 18 and under at no charge.
- For Young Professional Film Fans in their 20s, 30s, and 40s: The evening begins on Feb. 12 with a 6 p.m. mixer at Trophy’s Restaurant in Mission Valley followed by 7:30 p.m. screening of “Noodle” at the UltraStar Mission Valley.