Parties & Events 2012
SFJFF 2012 Parties & Special Events
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 9:00PM
The launch of the Film Festival always calls for a special celebration and this year is no exception. Hosting our Opening Night Bash at the Swedish American Hall has become a treasured SFJFF tradition. The venue will be the same but the event will be different!
Join us at our Opening Night Bash for a fantastic array of savory and sweet treats and hosted bars by some of the Bay Area’s best purveyors of food and drink. Schmooze with filmmakers and special guests and dance to San Francisco's own La Pêche Quintet. Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth downstairs to The Backroom with drinks, desserts, photo booth by Snap Fiesta, espresso cart by Espresso Subito and did we say desserts? It’s all happening at the Swedish American Hall, located upstairs from the Café du Nord.
Additional support for the Opening Night Film Bash is generously provided by Bunny and Steven Fayne, Amy and Mort Friedkin, Nancy and Stephen Grand, Barbara and Richard Rosenberg, Lydia and Doug Shorenstein, Roselyne C. Swig, Carol and Norman Traeger.
Featuring: Fork & Spoon Catering, La Bonne Cuisine, Melons Catering, Savoy Events, Wise Sons, Hagafen Cellars of Napa Valley, Yelp, Espresso Subito and IZZE Beverage Co. The Backroom at the Bash is ADA accessible.
SUNDAY, JULY 22
CONGREGATION SHA’AR ZAHAV
290 DOLORES STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
The discussion will begin at 1:30pm; free of charge for screening tickets holders.
Following the 11:00am screening of The Law in These Parts join invited guest Ra'anan Alexandrowicz for an extended discussion at Congregation Sha’ar Zahov about The Law in These Parts, winner of the Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize 2012 and Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2011. Sha’ar Zahov is a progressive reform synagogue led by Rabbi Camille Shira Angel for people of all sexual identities and welcoming friends and family from all cultural backgrounds.
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 8:15PM
Revealing documentary A.K.A Doc Pomus, the story of the iconic Jewish- American songwriter’s captivating life, is followed by a live performance
by Andy Cabic of Vetiver, Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, Kelley Stoltz and Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets with their own take on Doc Pomus’ greatest tracks.
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 7:00 PM
You’re in luck if you happen to prefer your movies to be followed by flamenco dancing. Stick around after Gypsy Davy for a distinguished opening night performance by Kerensa DeMars Cuadro with Special Guests. The evening doesn’t end there- cool down with Yelp in the courtyard and lobby of the Roda after the sizzling flamenco piece with spritzers from the Seltzer Sisters, fine chocolates by Coco Délice Fine Chocolates and catering by Bistro Liaison, a Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto favorite.
Free Outdoor Screening at Oakland’s Art Murmur
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 8-11:00PM
THE GREAT WALL OF OAKLAND
WEST GRAND AVE BETWEEN BROADWAY AND VALLEY STREET, OAKLAND
SFJFF is pleased to present a collection of some of the Festival’s best short films including the newest film from Bay Area filmmaker Tiffany Schlain (Connected 2011) as a part of August’s Art Murmur. After enjoying your fill of various art galleries, food trucks and live performances on the evening of Friday, August 3, meet us for an outdoor shorts screening at the Great Wall of Oakland, located at the corner of West Grand and Valley Street.
For more information on Art Murmur, please visit www.oaklandartmurmur.org.
Brunch with SFJFF and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 10:30AM-12: 30PM
In true Jewish style, we will feed not only your tummies, but also your minds. Founded in Berkeley in 1962, the Judah L. Magnes Museum and its founder Seymour Fromer were the first sponsors of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Share a toast to the important history between the two organizations. We will screen “Seymour” a tribute to Seymour Fromer by Emmy nominee Bill Chayes and “Hundred and Two Mature: The Art of Harry Lieberman” by Irving Saraf and Allie Light, one of the first films exhibited at the Jewish Film festival. After brunch, make your way over to the Roda Theatre for a full day of SFJFF films.