JxJ, the Edlavitch DCJCC’s multidisciplinary arts festival that encompasses the 30th Washington Jewish Film Festival and the 21st Washington Jewish Music Festival, has announced the full lineup of programs for its 2020 Virtual Festival.
The 2020 Festival – presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC in partnership with Bender JCC of Greater Washington and Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia – runs from December 3-10 and features 50+ films, concerts, and virtual conversations. Films include sports documentary Aulcie, centered on the life of professional basketball player Aulcie Perry; Cannes-winning filmmaker Pavel Lungin’s latest production Esau, starring Lior Ashkenazi, Harvey Keitel, and Shira Haas; and American coming-of-age comedy Shiva Baby.
Brought back from prior film festival editions are the queer cinema series Rated LGBTQ, and BEATSxJ, a programmatic strand focused on cinema that showcases the intersection of music and cinema.
The Festival will also feature a lineup of local and international performing artists in the Jewish space. Some representatives of DC talent include flute and sax virtuoso Gina Sobel, indie-folk musician SONiA: disappear fear, and Seth Kibel’s newest act More Kibel, featuring his son Will Kibel. Local acts will be presented alongside international musical talents Lenka Lichtenberg and Niki Jacobs.
In addition to JxJ’s core programming, the Festival will offer daily talks and Q&As with international filmmakers and subject matter experts, Virtual Brown Bag Lunches, and the return of JxJ’s annual bar crawl Two Jews Walk into a Bar – presented virtually. A full slate of virtual conversations will be announced on Thursday, October 29, 2020.