29th San Diego Jewish Film Festival to begin Thursday, run through Feb. 17
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 29th annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival will begin Thursday and continue through Feb. 17.
The 11-day festival will kick off with a screening of “It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story,” a documentary about the jazz label Blue Note Records. The label, started by two German Jewish immigrants in 1939, would go on to sign the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. One of the founders, Alfred Lion, lived in San Diego from 1978 until his death in 1987.
The festival will include screenings of 32 films across multiple genres at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theatre. The festival will also present its Directors Award to Roberta Grossman for her film, “Who Will Write Our History,” which chronicles a group of journalists and scholars in the Warsaw Ghetto who pushed back on Nazi propaganda.
“The film festival is an opportunity to share our rich heritage, culture and values with all of San Diego County,” said film festival Chairwoman Christina Fink. “As we approach the 30th anniversary, we’re excited to be able to continue producing an event that offers award-winning films that promote awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of Jewish people while also making the festival more accessible to younger generations through the new mobile app.”
Residents can find festival showtimes and a list of every film screening at sdjff.org. Single-screening tickets and festival passes are also available, with single tickets starting at $13.25 for members of the Jewish Community Center and $15.25 for non-members.
The opening night screening of “It Must Schwing” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Reading Cinemas Town Square at 4665 Clairemont Drive.