Left to right: Dr. Donald McManus, Emory University Professor; Bryan Greenberg, Actor. Taken at White Hall. Photo Courtesy of: C Harbin – Stop the Clock Photo

 

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival which runs January 24- February 18, 2018 extended its year- round programming to include AJFF On Campus, a mini film event for students. Kenny Blank, executive director of AJFF, said he was excited to partner with Emory for the festival that was curated specifically for the students.

“With the inaugural AJFF On Campus, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is delighted to continue and build upon our longstanding partnership with Emory University,” Blank said. “Through the collaboration of students and staff, we’ve created a truly compelling lineup of films that speak to current events, issues of particular interest to students and fun film works that offer pure escapist entertainment.”

The event launched with the help of Bryan Greenberg, former star of The Mindy Project. An advocate for indie films, Greenburg spoke to attendees at a post Q&A following the closing night screening of Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong about the significance of AJFF.

“The AJFF is a valuable voice in the rapidly growing film community of Atlanta,” Greenberg said. “As a proponent of independent films, it was an honor to be a part of it.”

Blank said including Greenberg among the actors and speakers to attend AJFF On Campus helped to promote the inaugural festival.

“We are grateful to Bryan Greenberg for helping us launch our inaugural AJFF On Campus initiative, connecting the next generation of moviegoers with the world of independent and foreign film,” Blank said. “Like Bryan, we believe deeply in the importance of film festivals and programs such as AJFF On Campus in showcasing unique cinematic voices, and rewarding those film artists willing to take risks and engage audiences in unexpected ways.”

The three – day event featured six films hand picked by students from past AJFF screenings that appealed to a younger audience such as Cupcakes, A Borrowed Identity, Rock in the Red Zone, Little White Lie, and Zero Motivation.

Founded in 2000, with the mission to entertain and engage diverse audiences with film through a Jewish lens, AJFF is connecting with the Atlanta community through various initiatives  such as AJFF Selects, Cinebash (a non-traditional party celebrating film through other artistic mediums), the Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts (an event dedicated to honoring exemplary artists and industry professionals), and AJFF In Conversation (a series of talks with leading community figures).The  AJFF annual winter festival features 70 international narrative and documentary films in both feature and short form.

For more information about AJFF visit ajff.org