The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s fall film season is right around the corner! Here’s the full list of films and here are some particularly exciting features taking place in the next two months:
Rooftop Screening: “The Fabelmans”
Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m., $10
Kick off The Carole Zabar Center for Film’s fall season with a rooftop screening of The Fabelmans, directed by Steven Spielberg. Nancy Spielberg will be giving an in-person introduction before the film begins.
Young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker, as a shattering family secret makes him realize how the power of movies can help us see many truths. Inspired by Spielberg’s own story. Starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and Gabrielle Labelle.
Keys Bags Names Words
Sunday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m., FREE
Intimate profiles of people living with dementia and their care partners, showing that creativity, humor, and compassion can lead the way toward hope and resilience. This film is not a lament to loss, but a celebration of the human spirit.
Part of the Fall Fitness + Wellness Open House at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. In collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York.
Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind
Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m., $16
One of the country’s preeminent and prolific serious writers, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 100 books, including Them, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde. In this candid and revealing documentary, she provides insight into her life, creative process, and the events that have shaped her writings, including the 1967 Detroit Riot, the Chappaquiddick incident, and the tragic life of Marilyn Monroe. Featuring readings by Oscar winner Laura Dern.
The Storms of Jeremy Thomas
Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m., $16
Award-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, the icon behind some of the most controversial and celebrated films of all time, makes his annual pilgrimage to the Cannes Film Festival in a five-day road trip. The journey is an intimate glimpse into his life and work, interspersed with interviews with acclaimed actors including Tilda Swinton and Debra Winger.
Tuesday, September 26 at 7 p.m., $16
Unorthodox Education exposes the shocking truth—that tens of thousands of Jewish school children graduate from ultra-Orthodox high schools without legally-mandated education in English, science, math and history. Some are never even taught how to read, write, or speak English, finding it difficult or impossible to become independent adults.
The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook
Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m., $5
Fifty years ago, Geraldo Rivera’s exposé revealing horrific conditions at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island shocked the nation and forever changed the treatment of people with disabilities across the country. The documentary highlights the positive change that resulted from the legacy of Willowbrook. The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook is a celebration of advocacy and inclusion.
Disclaimer: Some footage used in the video below contains images that may be disturbing for some viewers.
In partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York.
The Holy Closet
Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m., $16
What does the wedding ceremony of two religious Jewish gay men look like? Or a family of two mothers and four children? Or the pregnancy of a religious trans man? This film raises these questions and tells the stories of LGBTQ people who chose to remain religious Jews, building their lives, relationships, families, and everyday activities according to the Jewish faith.
Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., $16
Israel, 1962. After an emotional public trial, Adolf Eichmann has been tried and sentenced to death for crimes against humanity and the Jewish people. June Zero follows three characters involved in this nation-defining event: David, a 13-year-old Libyan immigrant who works in the factory where Eichmann’s corpse was incinerated; Hayim, a Moroccan guard assigned to Eichmann’s jail cell; and Micha, a Polish survivor of Auschwitz and chief interrogator at the trial. These three seemingly disparate characters are inexorably connected in this seminal moment of Jewish history.