Posted on 12/31/2021 @ 07:00 AM

Tags: Miami Jewish Film Festival

With three very special screenings from the Miami Jewish Film Festival's 25th season!

Florida Premiere -

Featuring testimonials from a slew of esteemed former customers, including comedy icons Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, this fascinating film delves deep into America’s most iconic automat restaurant chain, Horn & Hardart. Before there was fast food as we know it, there was Horn & Hardart, a beloved chain that was much more than a place for cheap eats. These restaurants formed a vital part of America’s social fabric in the first half of the 20th Century... Including recollections from luminaries such as Ruth Bader GinsburgColin PowellElliot Gould, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz read more.

Director Lisa Hurwitz will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation with Rene Rodriguez, former Miami Herald chief film critic and current manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema at UM.

Miami Premiere -

In this enlightening look at one of the greatest classical music figures of the 20th-Century, director Douglas Tirola mines a rich trove of interviews, television appearances, home movie footage, photos, and letters to craft a comprehensive look at Leonard Bernstein, whose passion and drive took him well beyond the marvelous music he wrote and conducted. Spanning the breadth of a life interwoven with key historic moments outside the concert hall, Bernstein’s Wall follows this son of a Russian Jewish immigrant who arrives in New York from his Boston hometown to eventually become Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Read more.

The special under the stars premiere event will be accompanied by a live performance by the Amernet String Quartet. Director Douglas Tirola will also be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a conversation afterward.

World Premiere -

In the riveting and joyous film Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim (MJFF 2017 film Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story) captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison’s brilliant vision to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Eastern Europe while telling a universal story about the importance of family and the fragility of tradition in his iconic musical Fiddler on the RoofNarrated by Jeff GoldblumFiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen draws on behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Norman Jewison and his key collaborators, including lyricist Sheldon Harnick, lead actor Topol, production designer Robert Boyle, and actresses Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small, among many others.   Read more.

The special under the stars premiere event will be accompanied by a live performance of songs from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.