February 24, 2017

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Also in March are quadranscentennial screenings of Reservoir Dogs, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me    

WHAT: Honolulu Jewish Film Festival 
WHEN: March 4-26, 2017
TICKETS: Regular screenings: $10, $8 museum members. Free for kids 17 and under.
INFO: 532-6097,, (publishable)
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HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—Now in its 15th year, the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival is among the museum’s longest running film programs, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Once again the festival brings a lineup of documentaries, dramatic films, and comedies from the Jewish diaspora. The festival is presented in partnership with Temple Emanu-El in memory of Kirk Cashmere.

Trekkies rejoice! The festival includes a screening of the Leonard Nimoy biopic For the Love of Spock. Directed by Nimoy’s son Adam Nimoy, the film was originally meant to be a collaborative effort by father and son to examine the character Mr. Spock as part of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek the original series. When Leonard Nimoy passed in February 2015, the film became a tribute from son to father.

A series of documentaries highlight the influence of the Jewish community on the performing arts, including Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Joel Grey, the film reveals the role Jewish songwriters have played in the creation of the modern American musical, and shows how elements of traditional Jewish music can still be heard in Broadway melodies.

The festival opens March 4, with a reception and a screening of the 2016 film Denial. Starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, the films tells the real life story of Deborah Lipstadt, an author who included World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, and was subsequently sued for libel in British courts, where the system favors the plaintiff. In the age of “alternative facts,” this film, and the events on which it is based, are more relevant than ever.

Also in March—the theater gives millennials a reason to feel old by marking milestone anniversaries of some iconic films, including the 25th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs, the 25th anniversary of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko. Twin Peaks fans can enjoy some pie, donuts, and a damn fine cup of coffee to get the full Agent Cooper experience. Fans of Reservoir Dogs are encouraged to come dressed like their favorite character. Donnie Darko aficionados can look forward to watching the 4K restoration of the cult classic, and can expect things to get a bit…weird.

Full Schedule

Opening night reception: Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
The festival kicks off its 15th year with a reception that includes pūpū and a no-host bar. Denial screens at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Mick Jackson. UK/USA. 2016. 110 min.
Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Based on her acclaimed book Denying the Holocaust, this true story recounts Deborah Lipstadt’s harrowing legal battle against author David Irving, whom she calls a dangerous Holocaust denier. After publication in the U.K., Irving sued her for libel. In the English legal system, in libel cases the burden of proof is on the defendant. It is up to Lipstadt and her team of solicitors, historians and experts to prove the essential historical truth: that the Holocaust occurred. Co-starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz and Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson.

See the trailer.

Directed by Jonathan Geva. Israel. 2015. 90 min. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Sunday, March 5 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 at 11:10 a.m. + 1 p.m.
Plagued with guilt over his older brother's death in a car accident, Adam feels he’s all alone in the world. Everything changes the day he meets Abulele, a brilliantly animated furry, but troubled “monster.” Abulele turns out to be lovable, and the two quickly become secret best friends. Adam’s grieving parents suspect their son is up to something and call in Special Forces. To save his new friend, Adam must put his tragic past behind him and learn that when you truly love someone, you’re never really alone.

See the trailer.

Directed by Atom Egoyan. Canada/Germany. 2016. 94 min. English and German with English subtitles.
Sunday, March 5 at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 at 1 p.m.
Zev Guttman is a ninety-year-old struggling with memory loss, living out his final years in a serene retirement home. A week after the death of his beloved wife, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max. It contains a stack of money and a letter ordering him to carry out a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max are survivors of Auschwitz. The same sadistic guard was responsible for the deaths of both their families—a guard who escaped from Germany after the war and is living in the U.S. under an assumed identity. Following Max’s shrewd instructions, Zev embarks on a cross-continental road trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives. Co-starring Academy Award® winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

See the trailer

The Women’s Balcony
Directed by Shlomit Nehama and Emil Ben-Shimon. Israel. 2016. 96 min. Hebrew with English subtitles.
Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 10 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. The women’s balcony in the synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock. The congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and withholds funds to rebuild the balcony. With rousing good humor and determination, the women attempt to assume their own control. They unite to balance rebellion and respect between the community’s women and men. But can they succeed?

See the trailer.

For the Love of Spock
Directed by Adam Nimoy. USA. 2016. 111 min.
Tuesday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
For the Love of Spock is a documentary certain to unite trekkies worldwide. It tells the life of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and the actor who played him for nearly fifty years: Leonard Nimoy,

The film begins as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. But after Leonard passes away in February 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy, is ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock. Adam shares details about the family’s working-class Jewish roots and Mr. Spock’s unlikely rise to universal status. He also reveals the ups and downs of being the son of a TV icon. The never-before-seen footage includes William Shatner and the original Star Trek cast, the new crew of the Starship Enterprise, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Read the New York Times review.

See the trailer.

Flory’s Flame
Directed by Curt Fissel and Ellen Friedland. USA. 2014. 60 min.
Wednesday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
Flory’s Flame is a compelling one-hour documentary about the life and music of renowned Sephardic composer and performer Flory Jagoda—known as the “Ladino Mamma Mia.” The film interlaces ninety-year-old Flory’s personal narrative with selections from her joyous September 2013 Celebration Concert at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
Directed by Michael Kantor. USA. 2013. 84 min.
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 16 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy is the first documentary film to explore a little-known phenomenon: that the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans composers and lyricists. Developed over a fifty-year period, these melodies and lyrics are the popular songs that our nation took to war, sang to their children at bedtime, and whistled while waiting for the bus. They comprise the vast majority of what is now commonly referred to as “The American Songbook.”

Fanny’s Journey
Directed by Lola Doillon. France/Belgium. 2016. 94 min. French with English subtitles.
Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m.
Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, the story of a daring young girl who stops at nothing and fears no one. Thirteen-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters are sent from their home in Nazi-occupied France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, the foster families desperately organize the departure of all the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these eleven children try to do the impossible: reach the Swiss border to freedom.

See the trailer.

Beautiful Music + Joe’s Violin
Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Two short documentaries bring music to unexpected communities.

Beautiful Music
Directed by Richard Trank. USA. 2005. 38 min.
Beautiful Music is the true story of Devorah Schramm, an American-born Orthodox Jewish pianist and composer. After relocating to Israel, she teaches piano to a nine-year-old blind and severely autistic Palestinian girl, Rasha Hamid, in the worst days of the Intifada. Rasha becomes a gifted pianist. This heartwarming story is a snapshot of what is possible when peace finally comes to the Middle East. It is a testimony to the talents and resources that Israel has to offer and is eager to share with the entire region.

Joe’s Violin
Directed by Kahane Cooperman. USA. 2016. 24 min.
In this award-winning short, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between ninety-one-year-old Joe Feingold, a Holocaust survivor, and Brianna Perez, a twelve-year-old Bronx schoolgirl. The power of music brings light and real-life skills to the nation’s poorest Congressional district, showing how a small gift can have a great impact.

March of the Living
Directed by Jessica Sanders. USA. 2010. 74 min.
Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
The last generation of Holocaust survivors travels to Poland with thousands of teenagers from around the world. They revisit the sites of the Holocaust and retrace the Death March from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Raising awareness of the worldwide dangers of genocide, this moving documentary is a Sundance Award winner and Academy Award nominee. The film conveys the survivors’ hope of passing down their history and memory of the Holocaust to the next generation.

See the trailer.

Also in March

Directed by Heidi Saman. 2016. USA. 80 min. English and Arabic with English subtitles.
Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
Steven Bassem is a young man going nowhere. His job as a valet driver for a fashionable restaurant brings him into regular contact with LA's moneyed elite and their expensive automobiles, but Steven can't shake the feeling that his temporary gig is somehow turning into his future. When Steven’s mother (Layla) announces that she’s selling the house ­­- the only home Steven has ever known ­­- because they can no longer afford it, Steven’s behavior starts to change in strange ways.

Women of Wonders Film Fest
Wednesday, March 1
Free admission
The WOW Film Fest highlights and celebrates the lives and accomplishments of women around the world, and here in Hawai'i.

Presented by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.

4 p.m.: Short Films Program #1
A film by Chloe Fagan, Mele Hattori, Kanani Jones, and Taimane Matua
This short film is about two best friends, Skylar and Jessica, who experience many obstacles. In the end will their friendship remain steadfast? Or will it die?

A film by Ryan Coules and Liv Peralta
How can anyone know who their friends are?

A film by Phoenix Uesugi, Kamali Compehos, Alex Davis, Kahōkū Hattori, Lauryn Ford
Amber and Sophia, two bullied girls in school, decide to spread joy across their town with post-its of cheer, motivation, and inspiration. Their odyssey of happiness leaves the girls with confidence to face their bullies with messages of joy.

A film by Lucy Fagan, Sydnee Lum, Camila Centeno-Salimova, Kuʻulei Fung
A story of friendship torn apart by a glimpse of popularity. While Kate deals with “mean girls” and cyber bullying, she finds a new friend in an unexpected place.

A film by Kayla Manz, Ginger Morris, and Jade Brier
Young mother Lindsey Andrews shares her journey battling stage IV Breast Cancer. She explains the hardships she has had to face including some of the difficult decisions she faced.

4:30 p.m.: panel w/filmmakers on *girls make movies* moderated by Taylour Chang

6 p.m.: Short Films Program #2
A film by Jordyn Saito, Grace Schnetzler, Andromeda King, and Zoe Payne
An alternative look at the influence society has on girls.

A film by Kyung Ju Lee, Trinity Lonoaea, Jenna Kuramoto, Malia Kuramoto, Maya Williams, and Sequoia Rusk
A girl is chased by cutouts of a magazine while struggling with self-image and confidence issues.

A film by Ella Lacanienta
A short documentary featuring interviews with local young women that explore the negative impacts of social media, and the societal pressures they deal with regularly.

A film by Joanna Rudnick
Fashion photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman with albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty. At the center of ON BEAUTY are two of Rick's photo subjects: Sarah and Jayne. In eighth grade Sarah left public school because she was bullied so harshly for the birthmark on her face and brain. Jayne lives with albinism in Eastern Africa where society is blind to her unique health and safety needs and where witch doctors hunt people with her condition to sell their body parts. With the help of two extraordinary women, Rick uses his lens to challenge convention and the media’s narrow scope of beauty.

7 p.m.: Q&A and panel with filmmakers on *alternative narratives,* moderated by Katherine Caldwell

Women of Wonders Film Fest: March 2, 2017
6 p.m.: Short Films Program #3
A film by Cindy Iodice
Pono, a tenacious seven-year old Hawaiian boy, lives with his family in a five-story tree house, deep in the rainforest of Hawai‘i's Manoa Valley. By spending time with his native Hawaiian father and through the process of cultural transmission the boy learns about his ancestral roots and Hawaiian history. Will young Pono's knowledge be enough to help save his Caucasian Christian mother's life during her chance encounter with the Hawaiian Night Marchers, a troop of ghostly apparitions?

A film by Laurie Arakaki
A closeted lesbian must tell her boyfriend the truth.

A film by Alana Bombino
Liann, a competitive 5th grader from Hilo, Hawaii, is paired up with Louie, the class clown, for a video assignment and must learn to compromise with him or risk failing the assignment.

A film by Ella Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence. The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time.

Directed by Pablo Larraín. Chile/Argentina/France/Spain. 2016. 107 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. + 4 p.m.
Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.

See the trailer.

Island Earth
Directed by Cyrus Sutton. Hawai’i. 2016. 63 min.
Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m.
A rich tale of a young indigenous scientist's struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. His complex journey through the corn fields of GMO companies to the loi patches of traditional Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that can save our future.

See the trailer.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me · 25th Anniversary
Directed by David Lynch. USA. 1992. 209 min.
Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
The museum celebrates the 25th anniversary of David Lynch's divisive prequel to his cult television series Twin Peaks with a special one-time screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The film follows the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), whose plastic-wrapped corpse, found floating in a river, was the fulcrum for the television series. While projecting the image of a popular top honors student to the general population of Twin Peaks, Laura lives a secret life of drug abuse and sexual addiction to cope with the years of abuse at the hand of her father, Leland (Ray Wise), under the alter ego of BOB (Frank Silva).

Pie, donuts, and coffee will be available for purchase to complete the viewing experience.

The Elephant Man
Directed by David Lynch. USA. 1980. 124 min.
Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. + 4 p.m.
We celebrate the life and career of the late John Hurt with screenings of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man. Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as "The Elephant Man". Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently. In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis. Alas, even after being recognized as a man of advanced intellect, Merrick is still treated like a freak; no matter his station in life, he will forever be a prisoner of his own malformed body.

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Shaloha, Mar 19, 11am–3pm
The museum presents Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Shaloha as the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival screens at the theater. Kids can celebrate Jewish culture through art activities, music, and dance.

Reservoir Dogs · 25th Anniversary
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. USA. 1992. 100 min.
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Six criminals, perfect strangers to one another, are hired by a crime boss to carry out a diamond robbery. Assigned false names and told to focus on the job, they are confident that the job is going to be a success. But when the police show up at the right place and the right time, panic spreads amongst the group and their simple heist explodes into a bloody ambush. When the remaining members of the crew assemble at the arranged rendezvous point, they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop.

Celebrate this sartorially iconic film’s 25th anniversary by donning your best suit, tie, and shades combo.

See the trailer.

The Makaha Sons: Let the Legacy Live
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
$30 general admission, $25 museum members
Come and enjoy a memorable night of song, stories, dance, and laughter as The Makaha Sons take you on a journey of over 40 years of music in the making. Their beautiful harmonies and iconic musical style will captivate you. And, their effortless and magical voices will uplift your spirits. The legacy of their music continues with Jerome Koko, Kimo Artis, and Mark Yim to perpetuate the stories of our people, the stories of Hawai’i, through song.

Pacific Tongues: The 10th Annual Interscholastic Poetry Slam
Sunday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
$10 general admission
Various local high school slam poetry teams battle in this team teen poetry slam competition. Come and witness the powerful words of Hawai‘i youth as they take center stage and share original writing at this dynamic event.

Pacific Tongues is a nonprofit organization that cultivates an active artistic Oceanic community of writers, spoken word performers, leaders, educators and students of all ages.

Mr. Gaga
Directed by Tomer Heymann. Israel/Sweden/Germany/Netherlands. 2015. 100 min. English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Tuesday, March 28 at 1 p.m. + 7:30 p.m.
Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.

This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.

See the trailer.

I, Claude Monet
Directed by Phil Grabsky. UK. 2016. 84 min.
Wednesday, March 29 at 1 p.m. + 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 at 1 p.m.
Friday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 1 at 1 p.m.
From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favorite artist – through his own words.

Based on over 2500 letters and narrated by Henry Goodman, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humor, insight and love of life are revealed.

Shot on location throughout Europe at the very spots he painted, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the most loved and iconic scenes in western art.

Donnie Darko · 15th Anniversary
Directed by Richard Kelly. USA. 2001. 134 min.
Friday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m.
Richard Kelly’s cult hit returns with a brand new 4K restoration to celebrate its 15th anniversary. During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (in a break-out performance by Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived and tries to deal with people in his town, like the school bully, his conservative health teacher, and a self-help guru, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism and worse.

See the trailer.


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Doris Duke Theatre information:

The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors on Kina‘u Street one half-hour before each film screening and concert.

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Matinee Rewards Card: Pick one up at the theater box office. When theatergoers attend three matinees, they receive free admission to a fourth screening. Or they can bring three friends to a single matinee and receive free admission to a future screening. The free screening pass is valid for three months.

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