LOCAL Houston | The City Guide November 2016 - Page 36

GISH AT THE MOVIES SPOTLIGHTING JEWISH FILMS Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You A Tale of Love and Darkness | Photography by Ran Mendelson If you missed the annual Houston Jewish Film Festival that is presented each March by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (www.erjcchouston.org), doncha worry. This month’s Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book and Arts Fair, also presented by the ERJCC, features a screening of the audience favorite from that Festival. Remember by ATOM EGOYAN will kick off the film portion of the Fair on Sunday, October 30, at 2pm. Following that will be four other films featuring Jewish filmmakers and stories, including a premiere by NATALIE PORTMAN. Portman was born in Jerusalem as Natalie Hershlag and holds a dual Israeli and American citizenship. A Tale of Love and Darkness, Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, will be screened on Saturday, November 12, at 8pm. This terrific film is an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most celebrated authors. Other films in the lineup are Dough (Friday, November 4, at 1pm), a comedy about curmudgeonly NAT DAYAN who, in a moment of desperation, hires a teenager to help out at his Kosher bakery in London. The kid’s marijuana stash falls into the dough and challah starts flying off the shelves! Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Sunday, November 6, 1pm) is a documentary about Lear’s life, from his childhood with an Archie Bunker-like dad to his success as a groundbreaking 36 L O C A L | november 16 Remember television producer and now as a humble 93-year-old. The final film in the Fair is In Search of Israeli Cuisine (Sunday, November 13, at 1pm), featuring chef and James Beard Foundation Award winner MICHAEL SOLOMONOV traveling all over Israel, meeting an eclectic group of professional and amateur chefs, cheese makers, vintners, farmers and fishermen who draw on their own ethnic heritage as they add to the lexicon of Israeli cuisine. For an added treat following the Fair, the film The Bird in the Room (Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30pm) is presented by the Houston Cinema Arts Society (www.cinemartsociety.org) at Sundance Houston. The short, turbulent life of beloved Israeli poet and songwriter TIRZA ATAR remains shrouded in mystery many years after her tragic death at the age of 36. This film brings her story to the screen for the first time. The Jewish Book and Arts Fair runs from October 29–November 13. Information on all the events, venue locations and tickets is available on their website at www.erjcchouston.org/arts/ann-and-stephen-kaufman-jewish-book-artsfair/. And so you don’t miss it, be sure to mark your calendar for the Houston Jewish Film Festival 2017, which will be March 5–9, 2017. WANT TO SEE MORE ART FILMS? CHECK OUT THESE VENUES 14 Pews (www.14pews.org) Alamo Drafthouse (www.drafthouse.com) Asia Society (www.asiasociety.org/texas) Aurora Picture Show (www.aurorapictureshow.org) Blaffer Art Museum (www.blafferartmuseum.org) Café Brasil (www.cafe-brasil.net) Contemporary Arts Museum (www.camh.org) Discovery Green (www.discoverygreen.com) DiverseWorks (www.diverseworks.org) Holocaust Museum (www.hmh.org) Jewish Community Center (www.erjcchouston.org) Landmark River Oaks Theatre (www.landmarktheatres.com) Menil Collection (www.menil.org) Miller Outdoor Theatre (www.milleroutdoortheatre.com) Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org/films) Orange Show (www.orangeshow.org) Rice Cinema (www.ricecinema.rice.edu) Sundance Cinemas (www.sundancecinemas.com) By Sarah Gish | www.gishcreative.com Photography courtesy of the ERJCC