Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival

2016 Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival

All You Need is Light!
Welcome to the 15th annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival.

Through the art of film, the LVJFF provides insight into Jewish identity, history, and culture, and promotes solidarity with Israel and the remembrance of the Holocaust.
The 2016 LVJFF is produced by the Desert Space Foundation and the Adelson Educational Campus with major support provided by Adelson Family Foundation, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada, Israeli American Council, and generous contributions from numerous individual donors, businesses and organizations in our community.

The 2016 LVJFF is dedicated in tribute to Blanche and Philip Meisel for their enduring encouragement and support. A special screening of THE FRISCO KID being presented with no admission charge on Sunday January 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM in the Adelson Educational Campus will remind us of Phil’s wonderful sense of humor and appreciation of Jewish film.

TICKETS: LVJFF tickets are $10.00 each and are good for any one film in the film festival program schedule on a first come first served basis. Seating is limited and will depend on availability. Seating is not guaranteed. In the event that an individual screening becomes sold out, ticket holders will receive a $10.00 refund and be able to use their ticket for any other film in the remainder of the film festival. Tickets are available through the Presenting Sponsors and online.


SON OF SAUL (2015, Hungary | Hungarian, Yiddish, German with English Subtitles |107 minutes | Mature Themes)
Saturday January 9, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Brenden Theatres Palms Casino Resort
Moderated by: Director László Nemes pending
with Survivor and Author Stephen "Pista" Nasser
Grand Prix winner at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and Hungary’s official selection for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. During World War II, a Jewish worker at the Auschwitz concentration camp tries to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial. Not recommended for the sensitive or the young.

THE FRISCO KID (1979, USA | 119 minutes)
Sunday January 10, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Dedicated to Blanche and Philip Meisel (free admission, first come first served)
Moderated by: LVJFF Director Joshua Abbey
Jewish Western comedy featuring Gene Wilder as Avram Belinski, a Polish Rabbi who is traveling to San Francisco, and Harrison Ford as a bank robber who befriends and reluctantly guides him through the perils of the Wild West.

CARVALHO’S JOURNEY (2015, USA | 85 minutes)
Sunday January 10, 2016 | 3:30 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Film Provided by The National Center for Jewish Film with
Co-presented by JCCSN Jewish University
Moderated by: Director Steve Rivo with Director of the Nevada State Museum
Dennis McBride
Daguerreotypist and artist Solomon Nunes Carvalho’s extraordinary journey across the United States in 1853 as a member of explorer John C. Fremont’s westward expedition.

APPLES FROM THE DESERT (2014, Israel | Hebrew with English Subtitles | 96 minutes)
Saturday January 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Co-presented by: Israeli American Council
Moderated by: IAC Las Vegas Director, Community Events & Programs Hadas Newman, with IAC Las Vegas Board Member Dr. Danny Eisenberg, and LVJFF Director Joshua Abbey
Adapted from Savyon Liebrecht’s poignant short story about Rebecca Abravanel, the only child of an Orthodox Jewish family living in Jerusalem who defiantly initiates her spiritual coming of age journey.

Sunday January 17, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Moderated by: Director Robin Greenspun with Executive Producer Cari Marshall
Dana Marshall-Bernstein, the daughter of Cari Marshall and Ed Bernstein, is a feisty, funny, and charming 25-year-old living with the challenge of Crohn's Disease. This life affirming Las Vegas based documentary is a testament to the power of love and family in coping with life’s adversities.

THE SEARCH FOR ISRAELI CUISINE (2014, Israel | Hebrew and English with English Subtitles | 96 minutes)
Sunday January 17, 2016 | 3:30PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Moderated by: Chef Michael Solomonov (via Skype) with Food Critic and Author of EATING LAS VEGAS John Curtas
Michael Solomonov, a James Beard Award winning chef, takes us on a luscious culinary odyssey through Israel’s surprising diversity of ethnic and contemporary cuisine.

DOUGH (2015, England | 94 minutes)
Thursday January 21, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Cinemark South Point Hotel and Casino
Moderated by: Menemsha Films Founder and President Neil Friedman
An elderly Jewish baker struggles to keep his family’s multigenerational business afloat until a newly hired young Muslim apprentice surreptitiously intervenes and sends sales sky high. DOUGH is the most popular film at Jewish Film Festivals this past year!

Saturday January 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Moderated by: Author Phoebe Hoban
A portrait of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into a mission to protect and promote artists like Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock and Marcel Duchamp while also creating one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.

ROSENWALD (2015, USA | 100 minutes)
Sunday January 24, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Adelson Educational Campus
Film Provided by The National Center for Jewish Film
Moderated by: Director Aviva Kempner with Head of School Rabbi Joyce Raynor, Ph.D pending and Head of Upper School Leslie Smith Rosen
Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler, rose to head Sears and then partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.

THE LIBERATORS (2015, Germany | 60 minutes, full length unedited version)
Sunday January 24, 2016 | 3:30 PM
Adelson Educational Campus

Moderated by: Survivor and Author Ben Lesser with WWII Veteran and artist Sam Chinkes
To mark the 70th anniversary of allied troops liberating the Dachau concentration camp, U.S. veterans and former Survivors speak about the war-time experiences that changed, and continue to shape, their lives.
Trailer: Click here: The Liberators – Why We Fought (Sneak Peek) - YouTube