From the Vaults

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History

(The film will start at 7 PM, NOT 2 PM, as listed in the printed brochure. We sincerely apologize for this typo.)

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General Admission: $15 | Seniors: $13 | *Students: $6

*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.

Director: Claudia Weill
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: USA
Year: 1978
Running Time: 1 hr 26 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: Jan Felman and Harvey Schwartz; Nancy and Stuart Weiss

GIRLFRIENDS was also shown at GPJFF’s second festival in 1982!

This film about two best friends and roommates trying to make it in NYC resonated so much with actress Lena Dunham that she immediately invited director Claudia Weill to direct an episode of her hit show, Girls (2012-17). From indie filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to legendary director Stanley Kubrick, it’s not surprising that Weill’s brilliant exploration of female friendships and the devastating experience of their loss has inspired filmmakers for decades. Considering the film’s influence, it’s a wonder that GIRLFRIENDS had not enjoyed the level of critical acclaim bestowed upon another NYC film of the era — Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.

GIRLFRIENDS follows Susan (Melanie Mayron), a photographer, and Anne (Anita Skinner), a would-be poet and Susan’s best friend. When Anne announces she is getting married and starting a new life with her husband, the symbiotic relationship these young women have enjoyed is cut short. Breaking up is hard to do, but breaking up with your best friend because you’re suddenly on different paths can be one of the loneliest feelings in a young woman’s life. While Susan struggles with her nascent career and the solitude of freedom, Anne discovers that domestic bliss isn’t as idyllic as she had hoped it would be. Representing the two women’s narratives that have arisen out of post-60s womanhood, Susan and Anne soon learn that no matter what role they choose, there’s always a sacrifice.

Renegade Women in Film & TV, by author and special guest Elizabeth Weitzman, may be purchased with the film or separately. Ms. Weitzman will do a book signing after the film as well!

Special Guest: Elizabeth Weitzman | Journalist, Author and Film Critic for The Wrap

Official Selection:

  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival

I Heart NY
Screening with Girlfriends

Philadelphia Premiere

Directed by Andre Andreev | Documentary Short | USA | 2017 | 3 min | English

A love letter to The City That Never Sleeps, this stunning short celebrates the iconic “I Heart NY” logo and the man who created it: Hungarian-Jewish graphic designer Milton Glaser.

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival