6th Annual 2014 New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival


Mar 27, 2014 to Apr 6, 2014


The 6th Annual NHJFF examines U.S. Olympic shame, the Pope’s “Jewish Cardinal,” a paralyzed Rock & Roll legend, and a would-be rabbi turned comedy icon.

You probably know about Jesse Owens and how he squashed Hitler’s Aryan superiority theory at the 1936 Olympic Games. But did you know that the U.S. Olympic track team pulled a record-setting Jewish sprinter from the games to appease the Nazis? That runner was Marty Glickman, who later revolutionized sports broadcasting by inventing such classic basketball terms as “SWISH!”

His heartbreaking-yet-inspirational story is told in the gripping documentary “Glickman,” one of seven critically acclaimed films making their Granite State premieres at the N.H. Jewish Film Festival, presented by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire  from March 27 to April 6. The festival, which screens a total of nine films across five New Hampshire cities, features many surprising cultural and historical twists.

In “The Jewish Cardinal” on Opening Night, audiences will be introduced to Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish-born Archbishop of Paris. When there are Jewish protests over plans to build a convent inside Auschwitz, the Cardinal’s religious identity is deeply tested.

The Festival ends on a much lighter note, celebrating the career of standup comedian David Steinberg in the concert documentary “Quality Balls,” which recounts his origins as a Canadian rabbinical student who quit for the allure of directing sitcoms like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The Steinberg film will be followed by a Stand-Up Comedy Wrap Party at Concord’s Red River Theatres, featuring jovial refreshments and comedian Steve Calechman, whose resume includes leading “Fiddler on the Roof” sing-a-longs at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Calechman is proud of attending Jewish summer camp in New Hampshire (Camp Naticook in Merrimack) as a boy.

“We’re bringing the same cutting edge films that play at Jewish Film Festivals around the world right here in New Hampshire,” says NHJFF co-chair Linda Gerson. “A number of the films share the theme of 'The Jewish American Experience,' a refreshing look at some inspirational people who overcome the odds, deal with anti-Semitism, work hard and succeed in their own unique way.”

Also highlighting that theme will be Yeshiva University film professor Eric Goldman, author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema. On March 30 at Cinemagic in Merrimack, Prof. Goldman will explore Jewish characters and themes in famous movies, using classic film clips as a jumping off point for conversation.

“This year we’re taking an exciting cultural journey to share our heritage through history, sports, music and cinema,” Gerson adds. “We’re inspired to explore what it means to be Jewish Americans!”




For tickets and screening times, visit or call Jewish Federation of NH at 603-627-7679.

Special Preview Event

AKA Doc Pomus (March 27/Manchester & April 5/Keene)

New Hampshire Premiere

Special Guest: Producer/Director Peter Miller will do a Q & A about the making of his documentary following the screening.

Documentary: Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus. He emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “A Teenager in Love,” and dozens of other hits. Features interviews with Dr. John, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, B.B. King and others. Admission: $10.

Opening Night Premiere Event

The Jewish Cardinal (March 29/Manchester)

New Hampshire Premiere

Opening Night Premiere Event with Wine/Dessert Reception at the Currier Museum.

Drama: The amazing, true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the church, he was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II. When Carmelite nuns decide to build a convent within the walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger may be forced at last to choose sides. Admission: $42.50 per person, $55 after March 25.

Children’s Event

An American Tail (March 30/Manchester)

Musical entertainment following the film by Rahel Limor.

Animated Feature: In this 1986 classic, Fievel is a young Russian-Jewish mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and dodging the cats he thought he left behind in the Old Country. Admission: $5 or $10 per family.


Glickman (March 30/Merrimack)

New Hampshire Premiere

Documentary: The triumphant story of Marty Glickman, a record-setting Jewish sprinter, who was dropped from America’s relay team at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany to appease Adolph Hitler. Marty went on to become a beloved sports announcer in New York and revolutionized sports broadcasting by inventing such classic basketball terms as “swish!” This documentary is a testament to a man who overcame racism and prejudice and whose life embodied the joy of sports. Admission: $10.

The American Jewish Story Through Cinema (March 30/Merrimack)

Author Eric Goldman will sign books following the presentation.

Guest Speaker/Presentation: As American Jewish screenwriters, directors, and producers have become increasingly comfortable with their heritage, an unprecedented number of movies spotlight Jewish protagonists, experiences, and challenges. Eric Goldman, an associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema will delve deeply into the Jewish experience in Hollywood, illustrating with film clips. Admission: $10

Aftermath (March 30/Portsmouth & April 5/Concord)

New Hampshire Premiere

Drama: A peaceful, idyllic village in the Polish countryside harbors a dark secret: the collective murder of its Jewish residents during World War II. When a man returns from the U.S. after his father’s death, he and his brother unearth the secret and must come to terms with the legacy of their family, their hometown, and the narrative of their nation’s history. Based on a true story. Mature content, contains violence. Admission: $10.


Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story (March 30/Portsmouth, April 3/Keene & April 6/Concord)

New England Premiere

Special Guest: April 6 screening will include a performance by comedian Steve Calechman followed by a standup comedy-themed Wrap Party with refreshments.

Documentary/Comedy: David Steinberg, a comedy icon, was born in Winnipeg, then went to yeshiva in Chicago, but he abandoned his studies to join Chicago's Second City, where he started his legendary rise and influenced the careers of Martin Short, John Candy, John Belushi, and many more. After launching a career in stand-up at the tender age of 21, his remarkable life has included directing shows including Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Now Steinberg goes back on stage for the first time in 25 years. Admission: $10 in Portsmouth & Keene. $12.50 in Concord, including Wrap Party with refreshments.

The Lost Town (April 3/Concord & April 6/Keene)

New Hampshire Premiere

Special Guest: Avrom Bendavid-Val, author of “The Heavens are Empty” and expert on Trochenbrod's history will participate in a Q & A after the film.

Documentary: The story of one man's obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family and their town. First made famous by Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated, Trochenbrod was the only all-Jewish town outside of Palestine. All but 33 of its 5,000 Jewish residents were obliterated by the Nazis. Contemporary documentary footage, original animation, and survivor testimonials tell the story of how far one will go to claim a sense of identity. Admission: $10.

Zaytoun (April 6/Concord)

New Hampshire Premiere

Adventure/Thriller: In Beirut in 1982, a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home to replant his father’s prized olive tree. During a harrowing journey through war-torn Lebanon, their relationship develops into a close bond, yielding a story of survival, reconciliation, and friendship. Mature content; contains violence. Admission: $10.




Red River Theatres
11 S. Main Street
Concord, NH 03301


Redfern Arts Center
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435



Currier Gallery of Art
150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Jewish Federation of New Hampshire (JFNH)
698 Beech Street
Manchester, NH 03104


Cinemagic Stadium Theaters
11 Executive Park Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054


The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801


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Locations throughout New Hampshire

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Jewish Federation of New Hampshire



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Linda L. Gerson

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