Houston Jewish Film Fest: Closing Weekend

Friday, March 21, 2014
Posted by: Amy Rahmani

The Houston Jewish Film Festival  closes this weekend.

You do not want to miss this weekend’s films and activities. Saturday and Sunday are jam-packed with six screenings. 

Saturday Night: Double Feature + Lounge

Make Saturday evening (March 22) a night out at the ERJCC.  We will have two great films, light appetizers, dessert and drinks - all in one place. The first film, Hunting Elephants, will bring a few laughs and the second film will leave you on the edge of your seat. Come for one or both films and then join us in between films in the Lounge located in the Joe Frank Theatre of the Arts. 

We will be mixing up cocktails, s’mores and other lite bites. The Lounge will be open from 7:30-8:30 pm and is the perfect place to relax between films, schmooze with friends and continue discussing the festival’s films. Food and beverages are complimentary, and we are offering a discounted price for both films. Where else can you get a complete night out for $12 per person? ($15 for non-members) 

6:00 PM Hunting Elephants 

This is a comedy about 12 year-old Yonatan who teams up with his grandfather and friends to rob a bank, seeking revenge for his father’s death. You will recognize Patrick Stewart as one of the grandfather’s cronies in this film.  

8:30 PM The Attack 

This is my favorite film of the entire festival, assuming that I am permitted to reveal such a preference. Successful Palestinian surgeon living in Tel Aviv finds out his wife is accused of being a suicide bomber. Is the police captain correct? Or is she an innocent victim? We are expecting a big crowd, so please consider purchasing tickets in advance.  

Sunday: Something for Everyone

Sunday is closing day, and we have a wide variety of films for your viewing pleasure. So many great films on Sunday, it will be hard to decide…so don’t. Laykie’s Gourmet Café will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM so you can stay nourished in between films. 

11:00 AM An American Tail

Family-friendly, FREE and includes a craft and snack after the film. Bring the kids/grandkids! The first animated feature presented by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Fievel Mousekewitz and Russian-Jewish mouse family’s escape to America in the late 1800s.  

1:00 PM The Jester

This Yiddish restored musical comedy features a wanderer, a poor shoemaker’s daughter and a circus performer. Come get a glimpse of the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry.

4:00 PM Glickman

Marty Glickman had a remarkable career; this film covers his tragic removal from the 1936 Olympics relay team to his remarkable career as a sportscaster. Other sportscasters, such as Bob Costas and Marv Albert, appear in the film to show Glickman’s influence on the field. Glickman is not just for sports fans.  The filmmaker will Skype with us after the film.  

7:30 PM The ZigZag Kid

The festival concludes on a light-hearted note. Almost 13, Nono is the son of the world's greatest detective. Now he is solving a mystery of his own- who is his mother? We are expecting a full-house so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible. If you are a patron, please RSVP to Melanie Beltram at Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the film to get your favorite seat. Please join us after the film for a Closing Night Reception with wine and dessert! 

As you can tell, there is a great deal happening at the Houston Jewish Film Festival this weekend. We hope to see you this weekend. For the complete line-up and ticket info visit


Category: Arts and Culture