New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 12:00pm

There’s Sundance, Tribeca, The Montclair International Film Festival (coming eventually). And every year about this time, sponsored by JCC Metrowest, The New Jersey Film Festival.

This year, from March 23 to April 3, and spread over five venues, the festival presents 15 Jewish-themed films.

Jews and baseball are one of the themes explored in this year’s festival, with an opening night presentation of “The Yankles,” a 2009 film about a winless Orthodox rabbinical college’s baseball team on March 23 and a closing day double header of  Yankles and “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” on April 3, with a talk by New York Times sportswriter Ira Berkow.

Other featured films include “Mary Lou,” an Israeli mini-series that features a gay teen who searches for the mother who abandoned him on his 10th birthday to pursue a singing career, and the New Jersey premiere of “The Matchmaker,” about a slick Romanian Holocaust survivor who makes ends meet by brokering marriages.

For a complete 11th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival schedule, please visit the website.

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