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WinterFest is a daylong mini-Festival showcasing the best in new Jewish film from the presenters of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, February 27, 2016 atalamo 250San Francisco’s stunning new movie palace

Schedule of Films

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11:30am | February 27

Dir. Jake Witzenfeld, Germany, Israel, Jordan, 2015, 86 min, Hebrew, Arabic w/ English subtitles.

Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv “darling” from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist confronted by guilt-ridden Jewish love and Naeem must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. Meanwhile, a war is brewing…


1:40pm | February 27

Dir. Avishai Sivan, Israel, 2015, 120 min, Hebrew, Yiddish w/ English subtitles.

Haim-Aaron is a bright, Ultra-Orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, Haim-Aaron collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father takes over resuscitation efforts and miraculously brings his son back to life. Yet Haim-Aaron now feels overwhelmed by a sudden awakening of his body and suspects that is God testing him in this surreal, haunting story that will shock and provoke. For Mature Audiences; Nudity


Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War
4:25pm | February 27

Dir. Sam Ball, USA, 2015, 75 min, English.

1945. Potsdam, Germany.  Before negotiating the postwar fate of the world, Truman, Churchill and Stalin paused to listen to an American rifleman named Stuart Canin play his violin. The Rifleman’s Violin is a short documentary that revisits this extraordinary intersection of history and music. Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and a live performance by Mr. Canin, still a virtuoso violinist at 89 years old. He will reprise the private concert he gave the Big Three 70 years ago.

At Rush. Tickets may be made available at showtime.


A Tale of Love and Darkness
6:25pm | February 27

Dir. Natalie Portman, Israel, 2015, 98 min, Hebrew w/ English subtitles.

Natalie Portman’s directorial debut is based on Amos Oz’s memories of growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with his parents: his academic father, Arieh, and his dreamy, imaginative mother, Fania (Natalie Portman). When Israeli independence didn’t bring with it the renewed sense of life that Fania had hoped for, she slips into solitude and sadness. Unable to help her, Amos must say good-bye before he is ready.

AT RUSH. Tickets may be made available at showtime.


8:50pm | February 27

Dir. Marcin Wrona, Poland, Israel, 2015, 94 min, English Polish, Yiddish w/ English subtitles.

Peter has just arrived from England to marry his beautiful fiancée, Zaneta, at her family’s country house in rural Poland. While inspecting the grounds, Peter finds skeletal human remains buried on the property. Haunted by his discovery, Peter slowly starts to unravel while the joyous and drunken traditional Polish wedding goes on around him. With nods to Kubrick’s The Shining, Demon is a clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk and a thrillingly kinetic cinematic experience.

See you at WinterFest!

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The New Mission Alamo Drafthouse Cinema features a state of the art sound and picture experience coupled with a full-service restaurant and bar, brought right to your seat in the theater! The meticulous, multi-million dollar restoration of the 100 year-old New Mission Theater at 2550 Mission Street marks the company’s first foray into the Bay Area.

Read about Alamo Drafthouse and browse more photos of the space in this San Francisco Chronicle feature story!

WinterFest Tickets

Jewish Film Institute (JFI) Members | $12.00
General Public | $14.00
Seniors  (65 and older) / Students w/ID | $13.00

WinterFest Passes
Jewish Film Institute (JFI) Members | $40.00
General Public | $45.00

How Can I Buy Tickets?

Online: www.jfi.org
Phone: 415.621.0523 | Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm
Tickets can also be purchased at the theater on the day of the event.

Please note: JFI WinterFest will not be using Alamo Drafthouse assigned seating. Seating will be first-come, first-served. All tickets must be purchased through the Jewish Film Institute Box Office.

For expanded ticketing information, visit our Ticketing Policies page

Directions & Parking

  • Located at 2550 Mission Street, between 21st & 22nd Street, Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission is easily accessible by public transportation.
  • It is directly on the 14 and 49 bus lines, two blocks north of the 24th Street BART stop, and a ten-minute walk from the J-Church line.
  • There are several private parking lots adjacent to the theater as well.
  • The theater also features secure indoor bike parking.

Recommended parking lots nearby:

  • Mission Bartlett Garage – 3255 21st St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (21st St. between Valencia and Mission)

Volunteer at WinterFest

The Jewish Film Institute relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers to make our programs successful.  We provide a positive, respectful and friendly environment for people who support film and want to help create exciting events that celebrate Jewish cinema. Qualified volunteers enjoy working with the public, understand the importance of being reliable and have a love for film.

Email jewishfilm@sfjff.org with the subject line “Volunteering at WinterFest 2016” to request a slot on our team!

Thanks To Our Community Outreach Partners

The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco * San Francisco Film Society * Osher Marin Jewish Community Center * Urban Adamah * Keshet * Jewish Community Library * The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life * Be’chol Lashon * California Film Institute & Mill Valley Film Festival * Berlin & Beyond Film Festival * Goethe-Institut * Congregation Emanu-El * InterFaith Family * The Queer Cinema Institute at SFSU * The Documentary Film Program at SFSU * Jewish Community Center of the East Bay * Camp Tawonga * Contemporary Jewish Museum * Reboot * Kung Pao Kosher Comedy * United Nations Association Film Festival * New Israel Fund New Generations Program of San Francisco * Citizen Film * Alamo Drafthouse San Francisco * SF IndieFest * New Century Chamber Orchestra * Cypress String Quartet * Consulate General of Israel, Pacific Northwest Region * Moishe House * JCCSF Arts & Ideas * Film Noir Foundation & Noir City Film Festival

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