MKJF'S JEWISH SUMMER FILM SERIES – 21st SEASON OF AWARD-WINNING FILMS
The Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation's Jewish Summer Film Series celebrates our 21st season this year. In partnership with the Wichita Art Museum, we will present two, highly-acclaimed, award-winning films and a special series of classic shorts for kids. We begin the summer with Kid’s Day with Camp Shalom and "Frog & Toad" on Sunday, July 10, “Belle & Sebastian” on Sunday, July, 24 and "Nathan’s Famous" on Sunday, August 7. (See synopses below.)
All films will be shown at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard, in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall (downstairs) at 2:00 pm. There is no cost to attend our film series and is open to the general public. Invite a friend or two to join you!
“FROG AND TOAD” Sunday, July 10
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel's beloved children’s book characters, are brought to life in a series of two delightful shorts, using exquisitely detailed clay animation by John Clark Matthews. From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other — just as best friends should be.
The films, “Frog and Toad are Friends” and “Frog and Toad Together,” are full of the classic values of friendship, kindness, compassion, loyalty and friends helping friends.
"A masterpiece of child-styled humor and sensitivity." – The School and Library Journal
“BELLE & SEBASTIAN” Sunday, July, 24
Based on the acclaimed children's novel by Cécile Aubry, “Belle & Sebastian” follows the courageous adventures of a young boy and his giant sheepdog amidst the stunning backdrop of the snow-covered Alps. In WWII-occupied France, on the border of Switzerland, six-year-old Sebastian tames the enormous, yet gentle mountain dog Belle, who, despite the fears of the local villagers, becomes his best friend and protector.
When the Nazis arrive and begin rooting out resistance members and Jewish refugees, Belle and Sebastian prove their loyalty to the village and to each other when they undertake a treacherous journey to help the cause.
Belle and Sebastian” is a beautiful film with a strong, positive message about protecting the weak and fighting for what one believes is right. – Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
“FAMOUS NATHAN’S” Sunday, August 7
Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters has been a New York staple for nearly 100 years. In this personal documentary, director Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of “Famous” Nathan Handwerker, takes a look back at his family’s unique history, the Jewish-American immigrant experience and Nathan’s pursuit of the American dream.
Broadening the scope of Nathan’s trajectory is a lively cast of characters – from colorful family members and former employees to Coney Island regulars and celebrity patrons. For lovers of New York history (or hot dogs), “Famous Nathan” pulls out all the stops.
Terrific documentaries are a dime a dozen; ones this multifaceted are to be cherished.” – Village Voice