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News & PressMarch 9, 2018

2018 Festival Previewed on “207”

MJFF Executive Director and Board President David Scholder appeared on WCSH6 TV’s 207. In an interview with the show’s Rob Caldwell, the two described highlights of the upcoming Festival, film selection process, and festival themes. Watch a clip.   Read more

News & PressMarch 9, 2018

Hummus! The Movie appears in Portland Press Herald

Portland Press Herald Food Editor Peggy Grodinsky featured the upcoming screening of Hummus! The Movie. The article described the film and included interviews with Tiqa restaurant owner Deen Haleem and new chef Gaetano Ascione, as well as a recipe for hummus. Read the article. …the film celebrates the lives and work of some of Israel’s… Read more

News & PressMarch 8, 2018

Portland Press Herald Features 2018 Festival

In his recent feature, Press Herald Staff Writer Bob Keyes profiled the upcoming Festival. The article outlined the Festival’s expansion and growth as well as the diversity and vitality to the program for the upcoming 2018 Festival. Read the entire article here.   The shifting nature of Maine’s population, because of immigration trends, as well… Read more

News & PressMarch 8, 2018

Portland Phoenix Profiles the 2018 Festival

Francis Flisiuk and Nick Schroeder recently profiled the 2018 Festival in their article entitled, “ Why We’re Festing the 21st Annual Maine Jewish Film Festival.” The article highlighted the context and themes of the upcoming Festival and — included Editor’s Picks, film descriptions, and showtimes. …film has the power to build bridges across disparate experiences,… Read more

News & PressFebruary 15, 2018

MJFF Celebrates Launch of the 2018 Festival Season

Thanks to all of the friends, supporters, and staff who gathered to celebrate the launch of the 2018 Festival on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Special thanks to Maine Magazine and Portland Art Gallery for hosting us and to David’s Restaurant for providing the delicious food. Guests at the event got an overview of upcoming Festival highlights and events, as well as the… Read more

News & PressFebruary 9, 2018

Festival Releases 2018 Trailer

We’re very excited to premiere the 2018 Maine Jewish Film Festival Trailer. The 2018 Festival will feature over 30 films from around the world on screens in Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston, Portland, Rockland and Waterville. March 10 – 18, 2018. Tickets are on sale now! Read more

News & PressJanuary 29, 2018

Festival Hosts Film Event For Deaf Students

On January 22nd, the Maine Jewish Film Festival hosted a special screening of a new film about Israel’s deaf community at the Baxter School in Portland, Maine. The screening was followed by a lively post-film discussion with students. The session was led by Roxanne Baker, a lifelong member of the Portland’s deaf and Jewish communities…. Read more

News & PressJanuary 24, 2018

Great Movies Unite Us

Celebrating its 21st year screening movies that depict the global Jewish experience as a way to promote understanding and celebrate diversity, the Maine Jewish Film Festival kicks off Saturday March 10th with the German “dramedy” Bye Bye Germany at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland. The Holocaust-survivor film examines life for the 4,000 Jews who survived… Read more

News & PressJanuary 16, 2018

Go Behind the Scenes at MJFF

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the magic that creates the Festival experience. What goes into planning and implementing the Maine Jewish Film Festival?  MJFF President David Scholder and Executive Director Barbara Merson present a special program that lifts the curtain to reveal the planning that goes into this annual Maine event.  Included… Read more

News & PressJanuary 16, 2018

MJFF Presents at Midcoast Maine PechaKucha

Want to learn more about MJFF and get a glimpse of the 2018 Festival? Come join us on January 19, 2018 at the Rockport Opera House for Midcoast Maine PechaKucha Night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be $5 (cash) at the door. Seating will be limited, so arrive early! There will… Read more

News & PressOctober 25, 2017

Press Herald Profiles In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Great coverage of the upcoming In Search of Israeli Cuisine Film + Food Tasting Event in the Food section of the October 25th Portland Press Herald.  Click here to read the entire article by Peggy Grodinsky. Food and Source Editor Peggy Grodinsky highlighted the rising interest in Israeli foods nationally and locally, and described the… Read more

News & PressOctober 11, 2017

Food & Film Event Brings the Flavors of Israel to Maine

The Maine Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine present In Search of Israeli Cuisine – A Film and Food Tasting Event on Sunday, November 5 The beauty and diversity of Israeli Cuisine will be on display at a showing of the film In Search of Israeli Cuisine on Sunday, November 5,… Read more

News & PressMarch 12, 2017

Portland Press Herald Praises MJFF

Great coverage of the upcoming Maine Jewish Film Festival in the  Portland Press Herald on Sunday, March 12.  Click here to read the entire column by Bill Nemitz. Columnist Bill Nemitz touted the breadth, depth and diversity of the 2017 Festival slate, and noted, “amid more open anti-semitism, the 20th Maine Jewish Film Festival can… Read more

News & PressMarch 1, 2017

Betty Harris to Perform in Portland

We’re very excited to announce that legendary R & B singer Betty Harris will be performing at the Portland House of Music and Events. This event will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 8 PM and is presented in association with our screening of the documentary film, Bang! The Bert Berns Story. Betty, who appears… Read more

News & PressFebruary 10, 2017

Special Guests at Festival Launch Party

The 2017 Festival Season officially got underway last night with our 2017 Festival Launch Party. 75 friends, donors, Board members, advisors and honored guests got a special sneak preview of the 2017 Festival. The evening featured a look at our marketing campaign, Festival Trailer and highlights of the 2017 Festival Events. We were especially honored to… Read more

News & PressFebruary 4, 2017

MJFF in the Classroom

The Maine Jewish Film Festival, in partnership with the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and members of the Bates College men’s cross country track team, hosted a screening of the Israeli documentary film “Freedom Runners” for members of the Lewiston High School track team and their coaches. The film centers on a young Jewish teacher… Read more