Big Nights

SFJFF44's Big Nights honor stories big and small, illuminate the diversity of Jewish experiences, champion freedom of expression, and delight with their wit and charm.

Shari & Lamb Chop | Opening Night

Shari & Lamb Chop | Opening Night

Before Mister Rogers there was Shari Lewis, best known for her skillful ventriloquism as the human counterpart to the beloved sock puppet Lamb Chop.

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Wednesday July 31, 2024
3:30 p.m.
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Sabbath Queen | Closing Night

Sabbath Queen | Closing Night

From drag-queen rebel to rabbi, Amichai Lau Lavie radically reinvents religion and ritual and establishes a God-optional, artist-driven, pop-up experimental congregation.

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Sunday July 28, 2024
8:05 p.m.
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Tuesday July 30, 2024
1:00 p.m.
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Freedom of Expression Award: Julie Cohen

Freedom of Expression Award: Julie Cohen

JFI is proud to present the annual Freedom of Expression award to Julie Cohen for her groundbreaking representations and subversive approach to storytelling.

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Saturday July 27, 2024
6:00 p.m.
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Between The Temples | Centerpiece Narrative

Between The Temples | Centerpiece Narrative

A cantor (Jason Schwartzman) in a crisis of faith finds his world turned upside down when his grade school music teacher (Carol Kane) re-enters his life as his new adult Bat Mitzvah student.

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Saturday August 3, 2024
8:00 p.m.
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Diane Warren: Relentless | Centerpiece Documentary

Diane Warren: Relentless | Centerpiece Documentary

Diane Warren has penned songs for the world’s biggest stars, including Cher, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé. This in-depth documentary reveals the artist behind the songs.

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Saturday August 3, 2024
3:30 p.m.
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Janis Ian: Breaking Silence | Sneak Preview

Janis Ian: Breaking Silence | Sneak Preview

A chronicle of the inimitable singer-songwriter’s journey from her Jewish childhood on a farm to producing a body of work that breaks boundaries and stereotypes.

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Bad Shabbos | Comedy Spotlight

Bad Shabbos | Comedy Spotlight

In this fast-paced macabre comedy, an engaged interfaith couple’s plans to introduce their parents over a Shabbat dinner crumble when a prank goes fatally awry.

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Friday August 2, 2024
8:15 p.m.
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A Photographic Memory | Artist Spotlight

A Photographic Memory | Artist Spotlight

In this intimate, genre-bending documentary, filmmaker Rachel Elizabeth Seed attempts to piece together a portrait of her late mother after discovering her archive of work.

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Sunday July 28, 2024
5:30 p.m.
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Thursday August 1, 2024
3:30 p.m.
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Winner | Take Action Spotlight

Winner | Take Action Spotlight

Reality Winner, a brilliant young misfit from Texas, faces a moral dilemma working as an NSA contractor: whether to expose Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

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The French Italian | Next Wave Spotlight

The French Italian | Next Wave Spotlight

In this wildly entertaining offbeat comedy, a couple’s obsession with their chaotic neighbors spirals out of control when they play a vengeful prank on them.

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Thursday July 25, 2024
6:30 p.m.
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WWW.RACHELORMONT.COM | Next Wave Spotlight

WWW.RACHELORMONT.COM | Next Wave Spotlight

Rachel doesn't realize she has grown up in captivity working for an advertising agency where her job is to assess Mommy 6.0 - her favorite pop star.

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Thursday July 25, 2024
9:00 p.m.
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XCLD: The Story of Cancel Culture | Local Spotlight

XCLD: The Story of Cancel Culture | Local Spotlight

XCLD is a nuanced, humorous, and provocative look at the controversial and oft misunderstood issue of Cancel Culture, featuring interviews with Judy Gold, Loretta J. Ross, and Marc Maron.

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Saturday July 27, 2024
8:00 p.m.
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A group of three white people, one woman and two men, are sitting indoors. The woman and younger man are in motorized wheelchairs. The woman has cropped brown hair, red glasses, and is wearing a red blouse covered by a purple shawl. The younger man is wearing a checkered button down shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. The older man is wearing a checkered button down shirt and khakis. All three individuals are smiling and appear to be in conversation.

The Ride Ahead | East Bay Closing Night

Turning 21 and disabled, Samuel Habib wants to date, leave home, go to college. Can a community of disability activist rebels help him follow his dreams?

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Sunday August 4, 2024
2:00 p.m.
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Sunday August 4, 2024
8:15 p.m.
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