San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 23 - August 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 9, 2015 07:30pm | Post a Comment

SF Jewish Film FestivalThe 35th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Bay Area July 23rd - August 9th with a lineup that includes 70 films from 16 countries with ten Big Night programs featuring music, history, food, art, and love. Amoeba is thrilled to sponsor screenings of four amazing documentaries:

As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
AS I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AMForget whatever you’ve heard about the life and death of Philadelphia-born DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein), the superstar club deejay who attained rock star status and survived a fiery plane crash only to die a short time later of a drug overdose at the age of 36. Director Kevin Kerslake’s haunting and heartbreaking portrait intimately conveys the brief life of an obsessive sonic genius for whom music, fame and love were tragically not enough.

Thursday, July 30, 6:25pm @ Castro Theatre 
Friday, July 31, 8:55pm @ California Theater (Berkeley)

Plus, check out Pump Up the JAMs: A Tribute to DJ AM with Mix Master Mike, a special afterparty at Public Works in SF on Thursday, July 30 at 9:00pm. Tix HERE!

Danny Says
Danny SaysFrom the beginning, Queens born Danny Fields (Daniel Feinberg) hardly lived life on the straight and narrow. To keep his family’s energy up, his doctor father kept a bowl of amphetamine pills on the dining room table. Young Fields did manage to get into Harvard law school but soon dropped out to spend all his days and nights with the likes of Nico, Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol in the 1960’s Factory scene. Fields became the legendary “company freak” at the innovative Elektra record label where he earned the wrath of a kidnapped Jim Morrison, discovered and signed underground heroes the MC5 and Iggy Pop in a single weekend, and tried to manage the unmanageable Ramones. Drawing on rare footage and audio recordings (including an incredible cassette snippet of a delirious Lou Reed listening to the Ramones for the first time), this fascinating chronicle is capped by the wry and wistful reminiscence of Fields, the little-known Jewish godfather of punk rock.

Monday, July 27, 8:30pm @ Castro Theatre 
Thursday, August 6, 8:30pm @ California Theater (Berkeley)

Hot Sugar’s Cold World
Hot Sugar's Cold WorldUsing a sound recorder he never leaves home without, modern-day Mozart Nick Koenig (aka Hot Sugar) creates one-of-a-kind music made entirely out of sounds from the world around him. Director Adam Bhala Lough (Bomb the System) masterfully uses Hot Sugar’s recorded sounds in his own sound design for the film to fully orchestrate the cold world heard through Hot Sugar’s ears.

Saturday, August 8, 8:50pm @ Lakeside Theater (Oakland)

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films
Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon FilmsThis terrific and thoroughly entertaining documentary tells the larger-than-life true story of two Israeli cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who found and then lost a low-budget independent movie empire, Hollywood’s fabled Cannon Films. Before their spectacular fall, the outrageous Go-Go Boys managed a maverick tightrope between ultraviolent Charles Bronson sequels and ripoff breakdancing musicals along with the Oscar-nominated Runaway Train and Jean-Luc Godard’s artsy King Lear.

Saturday, July 25, 6:50pm @ Castro Theatre 
Monday, July 27, 6:30pm @ CineArts (Palo Alto)
Sunday, August 2, 6:30pm @ California Theater (Berkeley)
Sunday, August 9, 4:20 pm @ Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael)


Get your tickets now and check out the rest of the schedule HERE!

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