PJFF is filled with exciting post-film receptions, discussions, book signings, performances, parties, and more. It’s always wonderful to see so many familiar faces and meet some of the newest additions to our PJFF family. Whether you attended our special events or missed out on a few, our photographers made sure to document all the fun. Enjoy perusing each set of pictures and thanks again for hanging out with us!
PJFF 36 Opening Night: One Week and a Day
PJFF’s 36th ‘Double Chai’ Festival opened at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with Asaph Polonsky’s poignant One Week and a Day and Special Guest, Isaac Zablocki, Director of Film Programs at JCC Manhattan. The night ended with a private reception at The Gershman Y for VIP, Sponsors, Supporters, and Pass Holders.
PJFF was delighted to host the Philadelphia premiere of Sand Storm, Israel’s submission for the 89th Academy Awards, at the Ritz East with Special Guest, Steve Dinero, Professor of Liberal Arts at Philadelphia University. Viewers were invited to attend a post-film happy hour at nearby Positano Coast for free hors d’oeuvres and drink specials.
PJFF 36 Centerpiece Film: The Last Laugh
In an unforgettable evening, comedian Judy Gold took to The Gershman Y stage for a quick stand-up routine before introducing Ferne Pearlstein, the director of PJFF’s thought-provoking Centerpiece Film, The Last Laugh. After the film, Judy and Ferne joined Robert Edwards, Producer of The Last Laugh, Paul Lewis, Professor of English at Boston College, and PJFF screening committee member, Dr. Elliot Ratzman for a very interesting discussion about the difference between comedians pushing boundaries and crossing the line when it comes to writing comedy about sensitive and tragic topics. Following the discussion, the audience was welcomed to a complimentary reception with delicious food and libations.
PJFF Food & Film: Shalom Italia
PJFF hosted a tasty food and brunch event at The Gershman Y for Shalom Italia, Tamar Tal Anati’s tender new documentary. Following the film, viewers were treated to an authentic Italian spread curated by Philly’s own Gran Caffe L’Aquila and a live Skype Q & A with Tamar herself, along with Andrea and Bubi, two of the three brothers from the film.
The delightful Jip Smit joined PJFF to talk about her new leading role in the Dutch comedy, Moos, at the Ritz East. Guests were invited to The Little Lion for complimentary appetizers and drink specials after the film.
PJFF 36 Closing Night: Women in Shorts
PJFF 36 ended its unforgettable two-week run at The Gershman Y with Women in Shorts, four extraordinary short Israeli films by or about women. Special guests included Iris Zaki, Director of Women in Sink, and Omer Tobi and Gil Sima, Director and Producer of Hounds. Following the post-film discussion led by PJFF Artistic Chair, Iris Drechsler, guests were invited to mix and mingle at PJFF’s Closing Night reception.
Opening Night: Dough
PJFF’s 35th Anniversary Season opened with a Philadelphia Premiere screening of Dough, featuring special guests John Goldschmidt and Jerome Holder and a private reception for PJFF Sponsors and Supporters.
One of the best-loved events of PJFF35, we were privileged to present the charming documentary Deli Man along with a catered deli lunch and fascinating discussion with an amazing panel of deli insiders!
A Blind Hero: The Love Of Otto Weidt
PJFF35 guests enjoyed a post-film happy hour at Old City’s Positano Coast following a screening of this powerful and moving docudrama.
Centerpiece: A Very Semi-Serious Evening with Roz Chast
It was a packed house for PJFF35’s Centerpiece event, a Philadelphia Premiere screening of the documentary Very Semi-Serious with special guest, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast!
Spotlight Film: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem
with special guest David Broza
Legendary Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza joined us for a discussion and performance following the screening of the fantastic documentary East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.
Barbara Ribakove Gordon, Executive Director of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, joined us for this incredible film and Ethiopian brunch.
PJFF35 guests got to mingle at Old City’s Prime Stache with Natasha star Sasha K. Gordon and director/author David Bezmozgis.
Closing Night: Soft Vengeance –
An Evening with the Honorable Albie Sachs
PJFF35 closed with the audience favorite documentary Soft Vengeance and the presentation of the Tikkun Olam Award to guest of honor Albie Sachs.
Opening Night: Anywhere Else
Actor Neta Riskin joined us for our Opening Night celebration, followed by a private reception for PJFF Sponsors and Supporters.
The Sturgeon Queens
Following PJFF’s Philadelphia Premiere screening of The Sturgeon Queens, dozens of film and fish lovers joined us at Hamilton Hall for a Russ & Daughters Brunch and Book Talk by Mark Russ Federman, author of Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built.
Etgar Keret: What Animal Are You?
After PJFF’s exclusive screening of What Animal Are You? the author Etgar Keret himself read two of his favorite short stories live onstage. Guests who brought their favorite Keret book or purchased one at the event were invited to attend a VIP Wine and Cheese Reception with the guest of honor.
Following our Philadelphia Premiere screening of 24 Days at Ritz East, guests joined speaker Nancy Baron-Baer, Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League, for a post-film discussion and then headed to Positano Coast for conversation, complimentary appetizers, and drink specials.
Winner of Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and more recently the most-awarded film at the Israeli Oscars, Zero Motivation was one of PJFF34’s sleeper hits! Director Talya Lavie attended an exclusive Post-Film Reception, including complimentary appetizers, and drink specials at Continental.
Closing Night: Above and Beyond
This gripping documentary, produced by Nancy Spielberg (younger sister of Steven) and directed by Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila, Blessed is the Match), is packed with intrigue and suspense. Spielberg and Grossman joined guests for a Closing Night Party at Hamilton Hall.