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San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

February 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - February 16, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Line-up (see more information about each film below)

  • February 15 at 7 p.m.
    Art Paul of Playboy: The Man behind the Bunny
  • February 16
    11 a.m. – Angelica
    1:30 p.m. – Henri Dauman: Looking Up
    4:50 p.m. – What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
    7:15 p.m. – Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein

Art Paul of Playboy: The Man behind the Bunny
February 15 at 7 p.m.

As the creator of the iconic bunny logo and the founding art director at Playboy magazine, Art Paul is credited with the “Illustrator’s Revolution,” a movement that gave artists the freedom to insert their unique personalities and opinions into their work and changed the landscape of magazine publishing. With a mix of interviews and archival footage, this documentary reveals the life and accomplishments of a legendary and influential Jewish art director. Get Tickets Now.

Saturday, February 15 screening MOPA – David C. Copley Atrium Dessert reception to follow screening.

Jennifer Hou Kwong | USA | 2018 | 74 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Hou Kwong, Director | Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by: Helene Ziman & Allan Ziman

February 16 at 11 a.m.

Boris Schatz is one of the most celebrated Israeli artists, and volumes have been written about his life and work. But when a cache of letters between him and his “secret” daughter Angelica is discovered in the Zionist Archives, a whole new chapter in the Schatz family saga is unveiled. Angelica’s great-grandson, the filmmaker, begins a journey that reveals their loving yet difficult father/daughter relationship and its influence both on their lives and on the art of Israel. Get Tickets Now.

North American Premiere
Dan Peer | Israel | 2019 | 75 mins | Hebrew, English w/English Subtitles | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Smadar Samson, Curator/House of Israel | Sunday February 16.

Henri Dauman: Looking Up
February 16 at 1:30 p.m.

His iconic photographs of superstars like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Jacqueline Kennedy graced the pages of LIFE, Newsweek, and The New York Times, yet Henri Dauman never became a household name. Now stepping out from behind the camera with his upbeat and sometimes humorous commentary, Dauman reveals his childhood trauma and his journey from Holocaust survivor to one of the 20th century’s most renowned photojournalists. Get Tickets Now.

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival – Audience Award – Documentary
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival – Runner Up Audience Award – Documentary

Peter Kenneth Jones | USA | 2018 | 86 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Peter Kenneth Jones, Director, Roland Smith, Cinematographer and Nicole Suerez, Producer | Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17.

San Diego Premiere

Sponsored by:
Mark & Hanna Gleiberman

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
February 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Imposing, antagonistic, highly opinionated, and occasionally comical, Pauline Kael made her mark as the most contentious and powerful film critic of the 20th century. Kael’s complicated relationship with mainstream values shaped her film reviews, which were never just about the movies, but also about sexism, class conflict, alienation, and the seduction of fame and wealth. A thoughtful and entertaining documentary, What She Said attempts to uncover the person behind the most feared and revered critic in the business. Get Tickets Now.

Rob Garver | USA | 2018 | 95 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Beth Accomondo, KPBS/Arts & Culture Reporter | Sunday, February 16.

San Diego Premiere

Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein
February 16 at 7:15 p.m.

Long before Humans of New York, there was Harold Feinstein, a master of black-and-white street photography who first found success in the 1940s for his evocative look at life in Coney Island. Weaving personal interviews with extraordinary photos, the film offers a peek into Feinstein’s award-winning techniques while chronicling the ebb and flow of his six-decade career. Get Tickets Now.

MOPA In Focus: Selected Works by Harold Feinstein
At MOPA in the David C. Copley Atrium
Sunday, February 16
6:15 PM to 7:15 PM

Join MOPA and the 2020 SDIJFF on February 16 prior to the screening of Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein for a unique opportunity to view original photographs by the artist from MOPA’s collection. Attendees will enjoy the photographs up close, and learn more about Feinstein’s process. MOPA is home to a permanent collection of over 9,000 images that serve the mission of the museum to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography and film.

Andy Dunn | UK | 2018 | 89 mins | English | Documentary

Guest Speaker: Deborah Klochko, Executive Director/MOPA | Sunday February 16.

West Coast Premiere

Sponsored by:
Barbara & Mathew Loonin

Purchase tickets here

Event Details

Start:   February 15, 2020
End:   February 16, 2020

Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Masks not required for fully vaccinated guests