The 17th annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival will run Jan. 13-28. The longest running, most popular film festival in Nevada continues to present informative and entertaining contemporary global Jewish cinema for the entire community.
The opening night screening is the Las Vegas premiere of PBS American Masters production “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center in UNLV Libraries Special Collections, will moderate. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Century Suncoast 16, 9090 Alta Dr. C
Highlights of the 2018 LVJFF include “Ben-Gurion: Epilogue,” the winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscars), “1945” a new award winning Hungarian post-Holocaust drama, and “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” about the beautiful and brilliant Jewish actress that is currently nominated for Best Documentary at the upcoming 90th Academy Awards.
All LVJFF films will be accompanied by the filmmakers, or related experts in the subject matter, who will provide introductions and moderate post-screening discussions with the audience.
The 2018 LVJFF is dedicated to Heather Heyer who was killed while protesting against anti-Semitism and hate in Charlottesville, Virginia. May her memory be a blessing for love over hate.
2017 LVJFF Program Schedule
- “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” 1/13/18 | 7 PM | Century Suncoast 16 — moderated by Claytee White of the UNLV Oral History Research Center
- “One Night in Anzeria” 1/14/18 | 1 PM | Adelson Educational Campus
- “Ben-Gurion: Epilogue” 1/14/18 | 3 PM | Adelson Educational Campus
- “Look About You” 1/18/18 | 7 PM | Brendan Theatres Palms Casino Resort
- “A Place of Hope” | “Pista” 1/21/18 | 3 PM | Adelson School — moderated by Barbara Tabach of the UNLV Oral History Research Center with Henry Kronberg, Ben Lesser and Stephen Nasser
- “1945” 1/25/18 | 7 PM | Brenden Theatres Palms Casino Resort
- “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” 1/27/18 | 7 PM | Adelson School
- “Wanderlust: Lesley Hazleton” 1/28/18 | 1:00 PM | Eclipse Theaters — moderated by Kellen Braddock of the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV and publisher of The Believer Magazine, with Lesley Hazleton
- “Heather Booth: Changing the World” 1/28/18 | 3:00 PM | Eclipse Theaters