You guys – it’s been a long week. I worked hard, you worked hard…
You know who else is working hard? The people in this video:
(Thanks to my buddy LoPo who helped in the making of this video and sent it along to me.)
Don’t Miss Puppy Bowl IX! (2/3)
Super Bowl – schmooperbowl… Puppy Bowl IX on Animal Planet is just days away! Are you as excited as I am or WHAT??
Check out the line up HERE. The cuteness starts on Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00 p.m. EST on Animal Planet!
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (1/30 – 2/20)
The largest film festival in Atlanta – and second largest Jewish film festival in the United States – officially began yesterday and will run through February 20.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is a 22-day cinematic exploration of Jewish life, culture and history. Seeking to use the power of film to both entertain and educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Jewish and global communities.
Founded in 2000, AJFF ranks as the largest film festival in Atlanta, and second largest Jewish film festival in the United States, having attracted an audience of more than 30,000 moviegoers in 2012. This year, the festival will feature an international collection of 71 narrative and documentary films that explore the Jewish experience. Screenings are supplemented by guest appearances with filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers.
Moviegoers cast their ballots for the Best Narrative and Best Documentary features of the festival, as well as separate balloting for narrative and documentary short films. Winners receive the AJFF Audience Award and are honored with a special encore screening and statuette.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is a production of the Atlanta Chapter of American Jewish Committee, an international advocacy organization that works to build bridges of understanding between ethnic, religious and national groups. It is the enduring belief of American Jewish Committee that understanding grows out of shared experiences, and stories are often the best way to foster such experiences. More than just “a night at the movies,” the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is contemporary storytelling with the ability to impact the way audiences feel, think, and behave after leaving the theater.
AJFF is the past recipient of prestigious grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and National Endowment for the Arts, and generously supported by more than 250 other corporate, foundation, government, and individual sponsors.
Click HERE for information regarding the AJFF and to check out the film guide + schedule. I look forward to seeing y’all in the popcorn line this February!
Bialystock and Bloom!
Looking for some weekend plans? The Q+DD has got you covered…AGAIN!
One of Broadway’s most fun musicals, The Producers, has a six-day stint at the Fox Theatre from tomorrow, Friday, January 25 – Thursday, January 31!
Tickets HERE! Get ‘em while they’re hot! Hope to see you tomorrow for opening night!
Movie of the Year! (IMO…)
This winter, I spent more money going to the movies than almost anything else. It was money well spent. I really tried to see it all…
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi
There are a few others still on my list (Django Unchained, This is 40, etc.), but I think I had a pretty solid theater sweep going. On Sunday, however, I saw the very best of them all at Midtown Art Cinema with the Sanders-steins. IMO, Zero Dark Thirty easily takes the cake. (No exclamation points needed. Simple statement of fact.) Maybe it’s my undying love for all things Homeland-ish, or that Jessica Chastain is so totally awesome, but whatever the case – I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie. There is so much to this story that I didn’t know from reading/ watching the news. (Yes, I do realize that ZDT is historical fiction.) Regardless of how completely factual it is, it made me feel very proud to be an American. Truly incredible movie. Best of the year.
My very close runner up is Life of Pi. It’s one of my favorite books – with such a special message – and Ang Lee did it so much justice bringing it to the big screen. I cried several times throughout the movie; I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was through Ang’s eyes. Read Life of Pi first and then go see it. It does not disappoint. It might even change your life.