Live Performances

SFJFF37 is pleased to present several enhanced programs that bring music and dance to center stage for our Festival attendees. Ranging from traditional jazz standards to sublime modern dance, these performances provide the perfect compliment to the stories told onscreen. 

SFJFF 2017 has been transferred to the JFI Film Archive

A Study on Effort: A Duet Between Bobbi Jene and Keir GoGwilt

A Study on Effort: A Duet Between Bobbi Jene and Keir GoGwilt

SFJFF is thrilled to present a rare performance from Bobbi Jene Smith, the subject of Bobbi Jene, in partnership with ODC/Dance. She will perform her piece A Study on Effort on August 2.

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Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

“Body and Soul” is the pinnacle of soulful jazz, the most recorded jazz tune ever. Contrary to expectations, it was composed, not by an African American, but by Johnny Green, a Jew. Filmmaker Robert Philipson uses the example of “Body and Soul” to make a larger case: For decades Jews and Blacks found a “bridge” between their cultures through songs about suffering, and the journey was an inspired collaboration.

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Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene

“I want to get to that place where I have no strength to hide anything.” After a decade of stardom in Israel as part of the illustrious Batsheva Dance Company, dancer/choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith at age 30 pursues a solo career in the U.S. Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, Bobbi Jene is a portrait of a dancer which is as unflinching, wondrous and embarrassing as life itself.

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