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February 27, 2015  RSS feed

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From opening night to ‘Farewell Party,’ Film Festival offers everything ‘Under the [Same] Sun’ for 8, not ‘24 Days,’ in March

Mindy Solomon to receive fest’s Starr Award

Mindy Solomon Mindy Solomon When the 19th annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 11, artist and educator Mindy Solomon will be honored with the Starr Award, named after cof ounder and current chair emeritus, Jesse Starr.

The presentation will be in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts following a VIP dinner reception at 6:30 p.m.

Solomon has dedicated her life to the enjoyment of the visual arts, not only as an artist, but also as an art collector and gallery owner offering art advisory services. When she and her family moved to Dunedin in 1994, she began an educational career, exposing art to youths including as an art teacher at the former Pinellas County Jewish Day School.

Prior to moving to the Miami area a couple of years ago, she was involved in numerous civic, philanthropic and religious causes in the Tampa Bay area. She was active in the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, serving as president of Women’s Philanthropy and co-chair of the Lions of Judah Endowment Fund. She also held numerous board positions at the former Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center, including president, and its successor, the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County.

‘24 days’ ‘24 days’ She joined the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival committee in 1997 and co-chaired the event for six years, handing over the reins to others in 2009 when she opened the Mindy Solomon Gallery in St. Petersburg, Establishing a reputation as a contemporary art dealer, she is on the board of the Miami Art Dealers Association and continues her commitment to contemporary art at her current gallery in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami.

Following opening night ceremonies and the award presentation, the film festival will debut with a showing at 7:30 p.m. of Apples from the Desert, a four-time Israeli Cinema Award recipient. Apples from the Desert is an adaptation of an award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and reconciliation. There will be coffee and a gourmet cookie bar following the film. Tickets to the opening night are $24 and include dinner, drinks, the award presentation and the movie.

‘Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem’ ‘Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem’ Here is the remainder of the line up:

Thursday, March 12: Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater

24 Days: This French film is a white-knuckle thriller about the kidnapping and torture of a young French-Morocan Jew and the harrowing ordeal of his family. It raises troubling questions about the state of anti-Semitism and race relations in contemporary France.

‘Run Boy Run’ ‘Run Boy Run’ Showtime, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Friday, March 13: Villagio Cinemas, 11778 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

The Sturgeon Queens: This U.S. film focuses on Russ & Daughters, a venerable New York establishment that has been selling smoked fish since 1914. Anchoring the film on the store’s 100th anniversary are 100-year-old Hattie Ross Gold and 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman, the daughters of the store’s name and sturgeon queens of the film’s title.

Showtime, 11 a.m. Tickets for the movie are $8, or $18 for the movie and a dairy lunch. Lunch orders must be placed online at the film festival website,

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Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem: This musical biography immortalizes two beloved cultural icons - actor Theodore Bikel, best known for his portrayal of Teyve in Fiddler on the Roof, and Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem, whose stories of Teyve The Milkman were the basis for the musical. This is a joyous extravaganza of Jewish storytelling and song.

‘Farewell Party’ ‘Farewell Party’ Showtime, 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $8.

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Run Boy Run: A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.

Showtime, 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Saturday March 14: Villagio Cinemas

‘Under the Same Sun’ ‘Under the Same Sun’ Run Boy Run: Showtime, 7:50 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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Felix and Meira:A young Montreal wife breaks free from her Hasidic strictures to pursue an impossible love in Félix and Meira, a sensitive study of religious tradition, self-discovery and tender seduction. Showtime, 9:50 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Sunday, March 15: Sundial Muvico, 151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Farewell Party: Residents of a Jerusalem nursing home struggle with a decision to help a dying friend end his life with dignity in The Farewell Party, a surprisingly witty and tender take on the topic of euthanasia. Following the showing, there will be a question and answer session and discussion with moderator/speaker Rabbi Joel Simon. (See related story, Front Page)

Showtime, 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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Magic Men: An estranged Israeli magician and his son make a sentimental journey through Greece to reclaim the past in Magic Men, the latest cinematic gem by auteur collaborators Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor. Punctuated by enchanting moments of humor and affection, Magic Men is further animated by spectacular panoramas of the Adriatic coast and a vibrant, Greekinfused musical score.

Showtime, 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Monday, March 16, USF/Marshall Student Center, 4103 Cedar Circle, Tampa

Under the Same Sun: The film is a contemporary parable set in the Middle East that puts forth the notion that people who have historically seen one another as enemies can work together peacefully and productively for the common good. The film chronicles the unusual partnership between two businessmen – one Israeli, the other Palestinian – who defy convention and try to launch a company that can be of mutual benefit.

Showtime, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5; free for students with USF ID.

Monday, March 23: Temple Beth Israel 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center

Magic Men: Showtime, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Tuesday, March 24, Eckerd College’s Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Under the Same Sun: Showtime 7 p.m. at Tickets are $5; free for students with Eckerd College ID.

For more information on the film festival, and to pre-purchase tickets or purchase a Mensch pass $75, which includes all nine films, go to or call (813) 769-4725.

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