News & Events

The Festival of Lights, Camera, Action

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 6:00 – 8:30pm

The New Jewish Filmmaking Project at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St, SF

Bay Area teens: join us for an evening of film, music, and refreshments. Meet talented young storytellers who are producing work to be featured at SFJFF.ORG. Filmmakers Corey Abraham and Danny Plotnick will lead a mischievous filmmaking game, preceded by a screening of the NJFP’s HOLIDAZE. Click here to watch a clip of the film.

For more info and tickets: 415.292.1281 •

The Festival of Lights, Camera, Action is co-presented by the CJM, the JCCSF, Citizen Film and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.


July 23 – August 10, 2009

The 29th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

SF Jewish Film Fest

The New Jewish Filmmaking Project, produced by Citizen Film, will be in residence at the 2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!

A storytelling corps of teens and young adults will begin work on new multimedia storytelling projects in collaboration with Citizen Film’s accomplished team of professional media makers. The experience kicks off with an exciting week of viewing and discussion films and meeting with guest artists from around the world.

The SF Jewish Film Festival, one of the world’s first and largest Jewish film festivals, takes place in San Francisco and three other Bay Area cities, drawing an audience of approximately 30,000 people.

The Festival presents dramatic, documentary, experimental, and animated features and shorts, as well as vigorous panels about Jewish history, culture, and identity.  Our mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the Jewish people, provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience, and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.

Check back here for young storyteller’s commentary on the themes and films from this year’s festival, starting July 23rd!


April – June, 2009

Watch out Bay Area High Schools!

NJFP Visit SchoolsThe NJFP is presenting films and leading discussions at Bay Area High Schools.

To book a screening for your school or classroom, email 


April 23 – September 9th

Balancing ActsCitizen Film’s “Balancing Acts” runs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco‘s Chagall and the Artists of Russian Jewish Theater exhibit.

Balancing Acts, directed by Sam Ball, produced by Ball, Kate Stilley, with music by William Susman and Narration by Ed Asner, captures a fleeting, exhilarating moment in Moscow, when innovative artists and performers created avant-garde theater with extraordinary mass appeal.

NJFP participant Klaira Markenzon collaborated on the film. She researched and translated original performance footage of young mutli-media artists of the 1920’s!


July 23th – August 10th

The New Jewish Filmmaking Project Rocks the 29th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival

The New Jewish Filmmaking Project will be in residence at the 2009 SF Jewish Film Festival. A storytelling corps of teenagers and young adults teams up with professional filmmakers to present fresh, new perspectives from the borderlands of Jewish identity. A culturally diverse generation’s perspectives on the themes addressed in the festival will be presented on the festival’s website.


Now Playing!

Tribeca Film Institute’s REFRAME Rolls Out “Four Short Films About Love”

Four Short Films About Love

Commercially Available for the 1st Time!

Winner – Golden Gate Award- 2004

A Latino-Jewish couple strolls through San Francisco’s Mission district, a triad of sisters laze in bed on a sunny Sunday morning, four grandmothers face off at a Russian family dinner… Intimately photographed scenes explore how families come together and apart


Previous Events:

Music, Movies, and Mayhem at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of SF

Battle of the Bands

Join us for an evening of music, movies and mayhem at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of SF’s BATTLE OF THE BANDS, presented by Club 18 and the JCC of SF

Three films co-directed by 15 teenagers in the New Jewish Filmmaking Project will be presented:

Lalo's JerusalemLalo’s Jerusalem directed by Ed Baraona Brenner and Sam Ball with a Israeli-Techno-Latino score by Dave Nelson.

Breakfast Burrito“Breakfast Burrito” directed by Andrew Herwitz (from Holidaze), with music by Dan Cantrell.

track“Not Another Jewish Movie” called a “well crafted gem” in SF Arts Monthly, with music by Ani DiFranco and the Roots.


Screening Party at the CJM was a hit!


The SF Jewish Film Festival and the Contemporary Jewish Museums Young Adult & Teen Film Night presented a screening of NJFP documentary shorts called “inspiring” by the SF Bay Guardian.

Filmmakers Sam Ball, Ed Baraona Brenner, Myles Campbell, Lee Goldin, Andrew Herwitz, Klaira Markenzon, Danny Plotnick, Dan Seeman, Kate Stilley, Sophia Teper and Karni Zemel were present to field questions from the audience.

More candy, popcorn and soda was consumed than is healthy. A good time was had by all.

Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum – 736 Mission St. (between 3rd & 4th)

Co-Presented by: Access 18, Citizen Film, Teen Art Connect & The SF Jewish Film Festival.


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