The 2016 Milman-Kover Jewish Film Festival will kick off with a showing of Wayne Kopping’s Beneath The Helmet and close with Dani Menkin’s On The Map. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee announced this week that the event, scheduled for March 6 through 13, will include screenings throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.
“We plan to add matinee screenings at several local venues—to make it easier for audiences to see all the films,” said Roz Goldberg, festival co-chair. “In addition, we planned exciting special events—and special guests—that will greatly enhance the festival experience.” A complete list of films, times and locations will be released in January.
Both films announced thus far are documentaries.
Beneath The Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, screening March 6, follows five soldiers entering the Israeli army out of high school. The film has also been selected to screen at the Miami Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Seret 2015: The London Israeli Film and Television Festival. Special guests from the Israel Defense Forces will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
On The Map remains a work in progress. Menkin’s film will show before its first audience in Sarasota. The movie tells the story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, which surprised the world in 1977 by winning a game against the Russian Army team. Mention and members of the basketball team will attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening.
The first official event of the festival in 2016 will actually be the Russ and Daughters Brunch on Jan. 17, scheduled at 10:30am at Michael’s on East. The event will be catered by New York-based Russ and Daughters. Tickets cost $37.50 and can be purchased from the Jewish Federation. Tickets for films go on sale the next day, Jan. 18, at the Federation’s website.