The most exciting part of the annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is the movies. But what completes the festival experience are the firsthand insights from filmmakers, actors, writers, experts and other special guests.
These introductory speakers and post-film Q&A sessions provide context and enhance the movie magic, giving audiences a chance to learn more directly from those who know the films and subject matter best.
AJFF is pleased to announce the 2017 guest lineup. Highlights include...
- Richard Benjamin, director—My Favorite Year
- Mark Linn-Baker, actor—My Favorite Year
- Brett and Russell Berns, directors and sons of Bert Berns—Bang! The Bert Berns Story
- Ryszard Bugajski, director and Maria Mamona, actress—Zacma: Blindness
- Sheldon Cohn, writer/producer and Michael Manasseri, director—The Pickle Recipe
- Aaron Davidman, actor and Dylan Kussman, writer/director—Wrestling Jerusalem
- Nicolo Donato, director—Across the Waters
- Robert R. Friedmann, criminal justice expert—Mother with a Gun
- Shuler Hensley, Tony-winning singer/actor—Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
- Anne Hubbell, director—The Last Laugh
- Brad Lichtenstein, director—There Are Jews Here
- Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Holocaust historian—Keep Quiet
- Yariv Mozer, director—Ben-Gurion, Epilogue
- Vincent Perez, director—Alone in Berlin (*AJFF’s Opening Night Film)
- Robert Philipsson, director—Body and Soul: An American Bridge
- Karen Shapiro, producer—Eva Hesse
- Shepsel Shell, Aida’s son—Aida’s Secrets
- Ori Sivan, director—Harmonia
- Sherry Soules, producer and Leon Marr, director, Linda Thorson, actress—The Second Time Around
- Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, directors—Big Sonia
- Aaron Wolf, director—Restoring Tomorrow
- Evan Wolfson, activist and filmmaker—The Freedom to Marry
- Gabrielle Zilkha, director—Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana
Guest speaker listings are continuously updated, so check back often. You can see which guests will be at which screenings on the film details pages here at AJFF.org. Don't miss your chance to see these amazing talents and intriguing personalities. We can't wait to see you, and them, at the movies!