The 19th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival will open at the Dayton Art Institute on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. The festival (running June 4 through June 27) will bring to Dayton and Yellow Springs the best in Jewish and Israeli cinema. This year’s festival features an internationally award-winning selection of feature and documentary films. Festival venues include the Dayton Art Institute in Grafton Hill, The Neon in downtown Dayton, and The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs.

Opening night (Tuesday, June 4, 7p.m.) at the Dayton Art Institute will feature The Samuel Project (Dramedy, 92 minutes, English). Inspirational and evocative, the movie The Samuel Project conveys how love of family can make a difference in one’s outlook on life. Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s Annual Innovator sponsors for the 2019 Dayton Jewish Film Festival are Economy Linen, Inc. and Morris Home. The JCC’s Premium Event Supporters for the 2019 Dayton Jewish Film Festival are Brady Ware, Friends of Washington Centerville Public Library, Wiley’s Comedy Club, Washington Centerville Public Library, and Square One.

The 19th Dayton Jewish Film Fest, presented June 4-27 by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton, comprises a thoughtfully-curated set of recent, award-winning features and documentaries (domestic and foreign) that creatively address numerous aspects of Jewish and Israeli culture and history.

The 19th Dayton Jewish Film Fest, presented June 4-27 by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton, comprises a thoughtfully-curated set of recent, award-winning features and documentaries (domestic and foreign) that creatively address numerous aspects of Jewish and Israeli culture and history.

The 19th Dayton Jewish Film Fest, presented June 4-27 by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton, comprises a thoughtfully-curated set of recent, award-winning features and documentaries (domestic and foreign) that creatively address numerous aspects of Jewish and Israeli culture and history.

The 2019 line-up of nine films and eleven screenings includes American and foreign films. The festival spans multiple genres and explores varied themes of injustice, love, war, politics, religion, and family relationships. This year, four of our films will have special guest speakers following their showings. The Thursday, June 13 showing of Redemption (Geula) features guest speaker and clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Schwartzman; the Sunday, June 20 showing of Shoelaces features guest speaker and attorney and advocate Jane Novick; the Tuesday, June 25 showing of Who Will Write Our History features guest speaker and holocaust educator Renate Frydman, Ph.D; and the Thursday, June 27 Closing Night screening of Golda’s Balcony features guest speaker and Playwright of Golda’s Balcony, Dave Fishelson.

The 19th Dayton Jewish Film Fest, presented June 4-27 by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton, comprises a thoughtfully-curated set of recent, award-winning features and documentaries (domestic and foreign) that creatively address numerous aspects of Jewish and Israeli culture and history.  Festival Chair Neil Friedman reports that “the selection committee is confident attendees will find our films informative, entertaining and memorable.”

Season passes and group tickets for single events are available at a discount in advance. For more information please call the JCC at 937-610-1555. Individual tickets are on sale starting April 16 at www.jewishdayton.org.

For more information, contact JCC Director Jane Hochstein at jhochstein@jfgd.net or (937) 401-5145.

Full Line Up:
2019 JCC Film Fest Information

Popcorn is available at our Neon film showings at no charge for afternoon and evening screenings compliments of the Dayton Jewish Film Festival.
Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase at other venues.

Single ticket : $9
Student ticket: $8
Season Pass: $75*
*Includes all films

Tickets available by phone at 610-1555 or online starting April 16.
Tickets available at the door directly before the showing, seating is limited.

To buy a season pass, click here.

Tuesday, June 4
Opening Night: The Samuel Project
7PM @ The Dayton Art Institute (456 Belmonte Park, Dayton 45405)
$9 adult/$8 student
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**Second showing
Wednesday, June 5
7:15PM @ The Little Art Theatre (247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)
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Thursday, June 6
Winter Hunt
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
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Wednesday, June 12
A Bag of Marbles
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
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**Second showing
Thursday, June 13
7:15PM @ The Little Art Theatre (247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 45387)
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Thursday, June 13
Redemption (Geula)
9:30AM Coffee, 10AM Film
@ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
Guest Speaker: Dr. Judy Schwartzman
Partnering with Hadassah
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Tuesday, June 18
The Spy Behind Home Plate
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
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Thursday, June 20
Working Woman
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
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Sunday, June 23
Shoelaces
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
Guest Speaker: Jane Novick
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Tuesday, June 25
Who Will Write Our History
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
*Graphic content may be disturbing to some viewers*
$9 adult/$8 student
Guest Speaker: Renate Frydman, Ph.D
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Thursday, June 27
Closing Night: Golda’s Balcony
7:30PM @ The Neon (130 E 5th St., Dayton 45420)
$9 adult/$8 student
Guest Speaker: Playwright, Producer, & Director Dave Fishelson
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