COVID was definitely not going to stop one of the biggest traditions of our arts-rich city.
With virtual and in-person formats, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has returned once again, now playing through February 28th. The 21st annual festival lineup is as compelling and diverse as ever, with 38 features and 16 short films from around the world, including numerous World, North American and U.S. premieres.
As we at Encore Atlanta are especially partial to Broadway, check out our AJFF picks for Atlanta’s theatre fans below!
With the launch of the new Virtual Cinema, patrons can now experience these films from the comfort of home, augmented by Q&As with film artists and other experts.
The new Virtual Lobby allows audiences to join the conversation around some of the festival’s most talked about films. Those craving a bit of throwback fun can also enjoy a secure shared night at the drive-in, compliments of an exclusive partnership with Mercedes-Benz Stadium and The Home Depot Backyard.
Films for the Broadway Fan
Little Shop of Horrors
Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 PM
The Home Depot Backyard – Mercedes Benz Stadium (not available to stream)
About: This 35th anniversary screening of the Off-Broadway sensation features an electrifying fusion of retro camp, horror, and showstopper tunes from Broadway and Disney’s Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene star as amorous outcasts, with Vincent Gardenia as Skid Row shop owner Mr. Mushnik, Four Tops crooner Levi Stubbs voicing the potty-mouth plant, and inspired cameos by Steve Martin and Bill Murray. With jaw-dropping special effects, puppeteer-director Frank Oz delivers the darkly delicious comedic fun. Visit ajff.org/film/little-shop-horrors to purchase tickets.
Thursday, February 25 at 12:00 PM (for 72 hours in the Virtual Cinema)
Broadway’s decline and resurgence dates to the late ‘60s, when New York City faced bankruptcy, and 42nd Street was a cesspool of junkies, hustlers and strip clubs. The Shubert Organization was first to the rescue, investing in novel works that revived the theater district. Myriad stage legends narrate Broadway’s return from the brink, their tales enhanced by a wildly captivating wealth of performance clips. Oren Jacoby’s love letter to the Great White Way is a reminder of both the cultural void left in the pandemic’s wake, and the enormous creative influence of Jewish Americans in musical theater. Visit ajff.org/film/broadway to purchase tickets.
Visit AJFF online for more information about the expansive array of films, Q&As, and other features of the festival.