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Film Movement Launches the First Jewish Film Club in North America

by Sydney Levine
June 10, 2011 8:00 AM
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Film Movement has launched the first-ever North American Jewish Film Club, the company announced. The Jewish Film Club is a subscription-based service that provides members in the U.S. and Canada access to an award-winning Jewish-themed feature film and bonus short film every other month before release to the general public. The films are made available to own on DVD and to view via online streaming.

The Jewish Film Club’s staff travels to the world’s premiere film festivals, identifying the finest in contemporary Jewish-themed cinema. These exemplary films—hailing from Israel to Europe to the Americas and beyond—illuminate Jewish themes of history, identity, and culture. The films selected are intended for both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews, as well as people of other faiths and cultures. The multi-award winning The Human Resources Manager will be the Jewish Film Club’s first film. It was Israel’s Foreign Language Oscar Submission in 2011 as well as winner of five (5) Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

“The Jewish Film Club was conceived because after a decade in search of the very best in independent and foreign film, we found that so many great Jewish films are produced every year and unfortunately only a handful ever get the recognition and viewership they so rightfully deserve,” said Adley Gartenstein, president of Film Movement. “We feel strongly that these films need a home – our home and your home – so that the wonder, richness, and diversity of the Jewish culture, as expressed through film, can be appreciated by the widest audiences possible.”

The Jewish Film Club is a subscription-based service. Members receive access to an award-winning Jewish-themed feature film and bonus short film every other month while it is still in movie theaters and before it is released to the general public. The films are made available to own on DVD and via online streaming. Easy as 1.2.3. 1) Subscribe or give a gift subscription; 2) A new film on DVD is mailed, and that same film is made available for streaming; 3) Sit back and enjoy each film. They are yours to keep. There’s nothing to return! The cost of an annual/12 month subscription is $108.00 (with free shipping), six (6) months is $68.00 (plus $3.25 shipping per DVD) and monthly subscriptions are $28.00 bi-monthly (plus $3.25 shipping per DVD).

Film Movement, the North American distributor of critically acclaimed award-winning independent and foreign films, launches the Jewish Film Club. Film Movement’s popular DVD-of-the-Month Club was the first of its kind, and has been hailed by film lovers and critics, including Roger Ebert: “Film Movement subscribers get more than their money’s worth!” The 10-year-old company, featuring a catalog of over 200 award-winning independent and foreign films from 47 countries and six continents-including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, will bring the same discerning and exemplary taste to the Jewish Film Club.

The Jewish Film Club is sponsored by JDate®, the premier online Jewish personal community since 1997.

Chai Lifeline, an organization renowned for bringing joy and hope to families of children with life-threatening illnesses and serious chronic conditions, will receive a portion of funds from each membership. For more information, please visit www.chailifeline.org.

It’s like having a Jewish Film Festival in your very own living room.

Click here for the complete list of films for 2011. For more information, visit jewishfilmclub.com.

Press contact: Beth Laski | beth AT bethlaski.com | 818.986.1105
Jewish Film Club contact: Courtney Jones | Courtney AT jewishfilmclub.com | 212.941.7744 x 210


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