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2016 FreshFlix Short Film Competition

See great short films, hear from filmmakers, and then toast the new wave of young filmmakers at Orleans Restaurant across the street!

Six shorts were screened as part of the 2016 program: The Brother Mike Tapes, 1984, Rothman, The Cabinet Decision, And Then, Violence, Jewish Blind Date, Billsville

The Tenth Man

Ariel returns to Buenos Aires – and to the frenetic Jewish neighborhood of Once – to see his father after decades of being away, but he is immediately put to work for his father’s charity organization. Meanwhile, his father is nowhere to be found. While trying to figure out the enigma that is his father and understand the mysterious mute woman who has popped into his life, Ariel finds himself following in his father’s footsteps – both literally and by developing an affection for the people of Once and the life he spent many years trying to escape.

The Origin of Violence

While on a research trip to Buchenwald, Nathan Fabre, a young non-Jewish professor, discovers a photo of a prisoner who looks remarkably like his father. Back in France, he confronts his reluctant father and begins a search for truth that will dismantle everything he knows about himself. Based on the novel by Fabrice Humbert.

One Week and a Day

A dark comedy about the aftermath of loss. When Eyal and his wife finish the week of shiva for their son, she urges him to return to his usual routine. Instead, Eyal enlists his young neighbor to join him in smoking his son’s medical marijuana. This stoned, odd duo sets out into the world, and Eyal begins to see the things in his life still worth living for. A nuanced perspective on loss that is humorous, touching, and above all else, life-affirming.

A Grain of Truth

A whodunnit that pits reason against distrust. Soon after big-shot prosecutor Teodor Szacki moves to the city of Sandomierz, he is called in to solve a case: a woman was found dead outside a synagogue, her neck slashed, and a knife used for shechita (kosher slaughter of animals) found nearby. As more murders occur, a wave of anti-Semitism unfurls and Szacki must not only to solve the crimes, but also face the hysteria of public opinion and the painful history of Polish-Jewish relations. Based on the bestselling novel by Polish author Zygmunt Miloszewski. Note: Graphic scenes.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

Saar grew up on an Orthodox kibbutz in Israel, but after coming out to his family he moved to London. When, years later, Saar learns that he is HIV positive, he is driven to work on reestablishing his relationships – both with his homeland and his family, struggling between needing his family’s love and resenting their fears and prejudices. As he grapples with the choice of whether or not to move back to Israel, Saar finds comfort with the London Gay Men’s Chorus, who provides the film’s glorious soundtrack.

FreshFlix Closing Night – Ronna and Beverly: Live Podcast Taping 

Ronna Glickman & Beverly Ginsberg are Jewish mothers from Marblehead and Swampscott and the best-selling co-authors of You’ll Do A Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles. They are also the alter-egos of comedians Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin who have appears in Spy, New Girl, Orange is the New Black, and onstage monthly at their show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in L.A. Join us as they dispense their unique brand of advice on love and life while interviewing/interrogating celebrity guests.