Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival premieres this weekend

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The 18th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival premieres Sunday, Feb. 9 and runs through Feb. 23 on screens around the Valley.

The festival gives movie lovers throughout the Valley the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the richness of Jewish culture and tradition.

Currently the longest-running film festival of any kind in the Valley, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival brings films not just aimed at the Jewish population, but to all fans of independent cinema.

Twelve films and two shorts will screen at three Harkins theater locations -- in Scottsdale, Chandler and Peoria -- making it easily accessible to movie viewers throughout the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Post-film discussions with the audience will follow many of the screenings. A sampling of some of the people leading discussions are:
*Doug Passon, The Road to Eden's writer/director who while not making films, is a Federal public defender.
*Father David Thom, a retired Roman Catholic and Episcopalian layperson who currently serves as a chaplain with the Phoenix branch of the FBI.
*Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, director of Valley Beit Midrash, and chosen by Newsweek Magazine as one of this country's "Top 50 Rabbis".
*Gabor Kalman, There Was Once's director/producer who is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a Fulbright scholar. 
*Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic & Gannet Newspapers chief film critic 
*Max McQueen, former East Valley Tribune film & theater critic  and leader of several film groups throughout the Valley 
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 23
Harkins Camelview 5, 7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale
Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, 2980 E. Germann Road, Chandler
Harkins Arrowhead 18, 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Ctr. Dr., Peoria
TICKET PRICES:  $11.00 for adults ($12.00 at the door) / $6 for students (ID required, 25 yrs & under).

For more information about tickets, ticket packages or group discounts, call 602-753-9366, or visit