American Jewish Life

Big Sonia

About the Film 

A diminutive Holocaust survivor with an indomitable spirit dispenses life lessons in this warm and affectionate winner of two prizes at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
93 minutes

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

About the Film 

The story of a beloved song–”Body and Soul”–in the jazz repertoire shows the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures, and the power of song to break barriers. San Francisco Black Film Festival Best Music Documentary winner.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
58 minutes

Eva Hesse

About the Film 

The landmark painter-turned-sculptor who created wildly imaginative abstract art and pioneered the use of industrial materials, is profiled in this poetic biography. Overcoming gender barriers to redefine her medium, Hesse’s brief career helped usher in the 1960s post-minimalist movement.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
108 minutes

The Pickle Recipe

About the Film 

A cash-strapped party emcee and his devious uncle scheme to steal a secret recipe, in this genial family comedy with comedian Jon Dore, Oscarnominee David Paymer and Sex and the City actress Lynn Cohen.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
97 minutes

Restoring Tomorrow

About the Film 

The audacious renovation of a national treasure, the opulent 1929 Wilshire Boulevard Temple, home to the oldest Jewish congregation in LA, and now a center for Jewish life and social services for an ethnically diverse region, is recounted in this hopeful vision for new generations of LA’s Jewish community.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
76 minutes

There Are Jews Here

About the Film 

Once-thriving Jewish communities, comprising approximately one million Jews, in rural and small-town America, from the Rust Belt and Deep South to the far West, struggle to maintain their traditions and legacies, in this exploration of ageold venerable questions of religious identity and continuity.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
90 minutes