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Photos: SF Jewish Film Festival 2011

On August 8th, the 31st annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival came to a close after welcoming 57 films from 16 different countries and over 37 special guests both local and international. With 5 venues in 4 cities and presented to more than 30,000 attendees, this year's festival will be remembered fondly. Movie superstar Kirk Douglas was enthusiastically welcomed by a packed grows when he visited the Castro Theatre to receive the Freedom of Expression Award for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist in 1960.

Photos: Opening Night courtesy Erin Prado; Kirk Douglas courtesy Drew Altizer Photography 

SF Jewish Film Festival Controversy Heats Up

Last night was the opening night of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, with a pre-party featuring fancy latkes (figs and goat cheese! Tuna-topped latkes!) and an opening night screening of an Australian coming of age comedy. But the buzz was about the midday screening this coming Saturday of the Israeli documentary Rachel.

SFJFF's New Media Initiative: Watch the Jewish Film Festival Online

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has screened revolutionary films for 29 years, and now they're revolutionizing the way you learn about them. Just launched today, The New Media Initiative brings hundreds of rare, independent, international and archival Jewish-themed films straight to your laptop.  The site also features downloadable podcasts and videos, streaming media, educational materials and social networking.  Basically, if you've ever spent time geeking out on IMBD, expect to spend hours with the New Media Initiative.

The Powder and The Glory: Beauty's Biggest Rivalry

Beauty industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden may have devoted their lives to making faces pretty, but the decades-long rivalry between the two icons is said to have been anything but.

The intense and, at times, bitter competition between the two women widely credited with launching the now $150 billion global health and beauty industry in New York during the first decade of the 20th century is the subject of documentary film The Powder & the Glory, screening Wednesday night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s year-round programming.

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