23rd Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Announces Lineup

"Our Diverse Film Universe" runs June 3 - 7 at Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema
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ST. LOUIS - May 4, 2018 - PRLog -- The 23rd Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival opens with two exciting films on Sunday, June 3 at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema. The first, Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (1pm) …"Heading Home" charts the journey of Israel's underdog national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic with a line-up that included several Jewish American Major League players. Finally, Team Israel ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to play in the prestigious international tournament.

The opening day continues at 4:00pm with Maktub (Fate) an Israeli comedy which follows two crime ring collectors who survive terrorist attack and vow to change their ways. The pair's comedic and touching journey proves a funny-warm-hearted tale of how Maktub (fate) can change one's life.

The 7pm screening Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me is an homage to a uniquely gifted entertainer who led a complex and contradictory life, encompassing his stage debut at age three to some of his final performances. Davis strove to achieve the American dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political lines.

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival continues through Thursday, June 7 with its celebration of Jewish life through 16 documentary and feature films. While all films depict a slice of the Jewish experience, the films are universal and meant to be appealing to all, regardless of faith.

Remarkable artistic figures (Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story), ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances (The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel, musician Itzhak Perlman. Films are brought to life in comedy ( Let Yourself Go),  dramas (The Last Suit), mysteries (Shelter and Budapest Noir). A new romantic comedy featuring actors on the autistic spectrum (Keep the Change). Features originate from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

All films will screen at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema (Lindbergh & Clayton Road). Ticket prices vary. An Opening Day feature ticket costs $15 each or purchase the double feature for $25 and triple for $40. Tickets for weekday films are $12 in advance and $13 at the door. Or, purchase a four-pack of weekday films for $44. Student tickets (age 16 and under) are $8 for weekday films and $10 for opening day.

Purchase tickets by phone 314 442-3179 or online at brownpapertickets.com
View the complete Film Festival schedule at stljewishfilmfestival.org

This year's Jewish Film Festival co-chairs are Marilyn Brown, Jeffrey Korn and Paula Sigel. The Jewish Film Festival is a program of the Jewish Community Center.

The J is an interactive, multi-generational gathering place that offers a variety of programs and services to both the St. Louis Jewish community, and the community at large. The Jewish Community Center provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programming and offers two, state-of-the art fitness facilities, all designed to promote physical and spiritual growth. Everyone is welcome at the J.

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