Films & Schedule

The Twinning Reaction

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Sunday, July 8 | 1pm | Dryden Theatre

THE TWINNING REACTION

Director: Lori Shinseki | USA | 2017 | 55 | English | Documentary

How would you feel if, as an adult, you discovered you had an identical twin? That’s what happened to the children involved in the infamous 1960s Neubauer-Bernard study of “nature vs. nurture.” Jewish twins given up for adoption were deliberately placed in separate homes and neither they nor their adoptive parents were told about the other twin. This deeply disturbing exposé of arrogant, unscrupulous science features several reunited siblings who at last understand why they always felt “something missing” from their lives.



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Through the Eye of the Needle

Sunday, July 8 | 3:30pm | Dryden Theatre

THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Director: Nina Shapiro-Perl | USA | 2011 | 30 | English | Short

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 Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was 15 in 1942 when the war came to her Polish village. She remembers every detail through a series of exquisitely embroidered fabric collages. Her art is an eyewitness account of tragedy and healing.



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116 Cameras

Sunday, July 8 | 3:30pm | Dryden Theatre

116 CAMERAS

Director: Davina Pardo | USA | 2017 | 16 | English | Short

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Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, has told her story of wartime courage to schoolchildren. Now, she will use innovative technology to preserve that story. Considered for a 2017 Academy Award.



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The Number On Great Grandpa's Arm

Sunday, July 8 | 3:30pm | Dryden Theatre

THE NUMBER ON GREAT GRANDPA'S ARM

Director: Amy Schatz | USA | 2017 | 19 | English | Short

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When 10-year-old Elliott asks his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Rochesterian Jack Feldman, about the number tattooed on his arm, he sparks an intimate conversation. Jack’s story comes to life in this endearing documentary. Produced by HBO. POST-FILM Q&A with four generations of the Feldman Family: Jack Feldman, Sammy Feldman, Stacey Saiontz, Jared Saiontz and Elliott Saiontz



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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

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Sunday, July 8 | 7:30pm | Dryden Theatre

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SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME

Director: Sam Pollard | USA | 2018 | 99 | English | Documentary

A star of stage and screen and a member of the legendary Rat Pack, Sammy Davis, Jr. broke racial barriers, and paid a heavy price for it. Defying societal norms concerning interracial romance, religion and political affiliation, Davis courted controversy many times, always with grace and honesty. Filmmaker Sam Pollard explores all the complexities of Davis, whose career spanned several phases of American show business. Featuring new interviews with a host of show business luminaries including Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis and Whoopi Goldberg, this delightful film is loaded with dazzling footage of Davis as dancer, singer and impressionist.



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RJFF PREVIEW EVENT

Wednesday, June 20
Body & Soul film screening
followed by live music with
the Gap Mangione Band!

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