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The Second Annual Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 8 p.m.

Where: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, San Diego | get directions

Cost: Not available

Age limit: All ages

At age 29, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival is our town’s longest-running festival. It began as a modest series of film screenings, held in a gymnasium and curated by festival co-founders Joyce Axelrod and Lynette Allen. For 13 years, running the festival was Axelrod’s all-consuming passion. (At the time, there were but a handful of Jewish film festivals sprinkled across the country; now, according to Jewishfilmfestivals.org, there are currently 152 yiddishe-kop festivals in the U.S.) Axelrod still maintains her spot on the festival lineup. What began as one of the festival’s most popular components blossomed last year into the first annual stand-alone Joyce Forum. The first festival debuted with four films, and even after the festival moved to bigger digs, Axelrod never programmed more than twenty or thirty films, but this year, the Joyce Forum alone boasts 32 shorts. The screenings are divided into four separate programs, many of which include Q&As and post-show discussions with filmmakers and other special guests. For more information visit: my.lfjcc.org. — Scott Marks

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