Jewish Film Festival

 

MAMBONIKS

Discussion led by Film Director Lex Gillespie on Sunday,  December 13, 7:30 PM  

Household Ticket:  $22, $11 JCC Members (2 or more people) 

Individual Ticket:  $11, $6 JCC Member  (for one person) 

The link for the film will be activated 48 before the film discussion. The links for the film and the discussion will be sent a few days prior to the discussion. discussion.  If you didn't get the links by the screening day,  and the links are not in your spam box, please let us know.  

 

The Mamboniks Trailer from Lex Gillespie on Vimeo.

USA, 2019, 90 min, English

Jewish soul and Cuban song meet on the dance floor in this nostalgic look back at the jubilant mambo phenomenon that swept the nation in the Fifties. Seeking a diversion after the war, Jewish Americans fell head over heels for the hot-blooded mix of sultry, infectious Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms coming from Havana.     The mambo’s rise is traced from Cuba to its peak popularity in neon-splashed New York, the art deco hotels of Miami Beach, and the resorts of the Catskills. Against an upbeat Big Band soundtrack, the free-spirited mamboniks of yesteryear reunite to spin colorful tales, recalling their love affair with the Cuban dance craze and their kinship with diverse cultures at a time of racial segregation and anti-Semitism. With an infectious soundtrack including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and mambo king Pérez Prado, this film explores a mostly unexamined aspect of Jewish life and culture. Director: Lex Gillespie

Lex Gillespie is an independent radio and television producer in Washington, D.C., with an emphasis on music, culture, travel, and history. His topics range from the music of the Andes, to the disappearing American cowboy, to a profile of four Latina students competing in Chicago's high school science fair. He produced the series “Let the Good Times Roll”, a 26-hour documentary series on rhythm and blues music that won a Peabody Award in 2005. He also served as a producer with Smithsonian Productions, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, on the series Jazz Singers and Black Radio: “Telling It Like It Was”.

 

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Order Tickets Online (No additional fee applies when ordering online.)

You can also call the JCC, 518.377.8803 from 9 AM to 8 PM from Monday to Friday, and from 9 AM to 3 PM on Sundays.

The link for the film will be activated 48 before the film discussion. The links for the film and the discussion will be sent a few days prior to the discussion. discussion.  If you didn't get the links by the screening day,  and the links are not in your spam box, please let us know.  

 

HOW DO I ACCESS THE FILMS FROM HOME?

Virtual ticket holders will receive an e-mail with two links until one hour before the film is available to watch. (Check your junk mail folder if you don't receive this.)
 
One link will be for the film itself, the second link will be for the discussion, which is going to be through ZOOM. 
 
Once the film becomes available you'll have a time frame to watch the film prior to the discussion,  Ticket sales will close three hours before the time of the discussion.  
 
Some movies that are shown on Vimeo, will require you to register in order to watch the film. The registration is free. 
  
 

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For additional information please contact Judy Bem-Ami at judyb@schenectadyjcc.org.
 
 
Refunds will be available for canceled or rescheduled programs.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, films may be canceled or rescheduled without prior notice. 
 
 
This program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY, and it was made possible through the generous support of the Epstein Jewish Cultural Fund, Meyer and Mary Kurland/Gebell Fund, Jonas and Edith Fleminberg Jewish Cultural Fund.

 

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