The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival has chosen its line-up, and it includes Oscar candidates, the honoring of a Hollywood legend, and a tribute to another.
The festival’s opening night gala will feature a tribute to the late Sid Caesar, a comic pioneer whose “Your Show of Shows” paved the way for future sketch comedy series such as “Saturday Night Live.” With that in mind, the festival has chosen the rare 1973 documentary “Ten From Your Show of Shows” as the opening film.
The opening night festivities will continue with an appearance by Carl Reiner, one of the many men who honed their writing craft on “Your Show of Shows” (also including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen), and will be presented with the LAJFF Lifetime Achievement Award by “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal.
The festival will continue with a number of notable films, including the new musical comedy “Cupcakes” from Israeli director Eytan Fox, Philippine entry for Best Foreign Language Film “Transit,” and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” a story of the oldest Holocaust survivor which recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
The LA Jewish Film Festival will run from May 1st-8th. For a full lineup of films and more information, go to the festival’s website (tickets will be available online soon).