The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s 15th Annual New Filmmakers Weekend Set For March 17-19, Featuring The Event’s First-Ever 3D Movie

New Filmmakers Weekend is your chance to see the impressive work of up-and-coming local filmmakers, including the national premiere of a the 3D 'The Rabbi’s Cat.' (Images courtesy PJFF)

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is going 3D!

The PFJJ presents their 15th Annual New Filmmakers Weekend on March 17–19, including the festival’s first-ever 3D film screening. The movie is The Rabbi’s Cat, and it also happens to be the national debut of the film.

The New Filmmakers Weekend offers first-time filmmakers an opportunity to share their first feature film with receptive audiences. By honoring the efforts of these up-and-coming filmmakers, the program serves as a springboard for their future success.

Three filmmakers are honored with Local Theme, National or International Awards of Excellence in Filmmaking. All film screenings will be followed by a filmmaker interview with local Author and Journalist Carol Saline.

Since its inception, NFW has honored more than 75 new filmmakers for their tremendous achievements in filmmaking.

New Filmmakers Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, March 17, 8:30 p.m., Prince Music Theater, $12: To Save a Life. In the spring of 1939, a Philadelphia Jewish lawyer and his wife embarked on a bold plan to rescue 50 children from Nazi-controlled Vienna. Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus traveled into the heart of the Nazi empire, and created an enduring legacy.

Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m., Rave Cinemas, $10 General Admission, $9 seniors/students: The Rabbi’s Cat. PJFF’s first 3D screening ever! The setting is Algiers, 1920’s. The delivery of a box from Russia complicates things for Rabbi Sfar when a painter is discovered inside. On a quest for a mythical city in Africa, he sets off on an adventure, taking with him the Rabbi, his cat, a wise old Arab Sheikh and an eccentric Russian billionaire.

Sunday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., Prince Music Theater, $10 General Admission, $9 seniors/students: Paul Goodman Changed My Life. A treasure trove of archival multimedia weaves together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.

Monday, March 19, 7 p.m., Prince Music Theater, $10 General Admission, $9 seniors/students: Reuniting The Rubins (Chair’s Choice). Up-tight lawyer Lenny Rubins has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday.


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