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PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) opens on Saturday, March 9th with the romantic comedy Dorfman in Love starring Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement, Malibu Country) as a lovelorn 20-something and Elliott Gould (Oceans 13, M.A.S.H.) as her difficult father. Screenwriter Wendy Kout will be in attendance for opening night and a participant in the Sunday, March 10 Women Filmmakers Forum, sponsored by the Davis Family Foundation. The Maine Jewish Film Festival runs March 9-16, 2013; tickets and full schedule details are available online at mjff.org.
After her mother’s death, Valley gal Deb Dorfman finds herself in the role of caretaker for her cantankerous father, while being the unrecognized brains of her brother’s accounting firm and the object of her sister-in-law’s relentless matchmaking efforts. Through a series of awkward events Deb discovers the confidence she needs to stand up to her meddling family and find love in her own unexpected way.
Executive Director of the MJFF, Louise Rosen, said, “This year’s festival offers a terrific range of choices for film lovers – from a crowd pleaser like Dorfman in Love to challenging documentaries such as The Last White Knight about the director’s facing the KKK in Mississippi decades after they attacked him, to full-on entertainment such as Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy or the edgy Sean Penn/Frances McDormand/Judd Hirsch film This Must Be the Place.”
The festival is also offering several free screenings – a youth film for ages 13 – 17 on Sunday, March 10, a film on adaptive skiing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies on March 11 and Broadway Musicals will screen at USM’s Abromson Center, free for seniors on Wednesday, March 13 (please note, advance registration is required). Tickets are required for all free events.
This year, the Women Filmmakers Forum on Sunday, March 10 includes a continental brunch for ticket holders followed by a panel discussion featuring four of the festival filmmakers, joined by noted Boston entertainment attorney Sandra Forman.
In addition to personal appearances by seven of the filmmakers during the Festival, acclaimed soprano and Maine Public Broadcasting Music Director and radio host Suzanne Nance will introduce and facilitate the q&a following a period drama directed by Percy Adlon (Bagdad Cafe) about the last summer of composer Gustav Mahler’s life titled Mahler on the Couch.
Adds Rosen, “In addition to our schedule of films and events around Portland and in many other locations, we’re honored to be partnering with organizations and institutions such as the Maine Film & Video Association, Maine Adaptive Sports, the Portland NAACP, Maine Media Workshops + College, the Museum of African Culture and others to promote engagement with a wide range of audiences. MJFF is truly a dynamic part of Maine’s growing cultural diversity.”
For full festival schedule details, film trailers and to purchase tickets, visit www.mjff.org
The festival runs from March 9 – 16, taking place at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in downtown Portland at 1 Temple Street and other locations around Portland and the state including The Frontier in Brunswick, Colby College and a post-festival special screening of Dorfman in Love at the Bangor Opera House on Sunday, March 17. Tickets go are on sale online through mjff.org.
The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the Jewish experience. Portland is the smallest city in the nation to boast an independent, professional Jewish film festival.