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August 1 - August 29

Cinematters, the ongoing film screening program at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, is pleased to announce its August schedule. In addition to welcoming special guests for Q+As after screenings, the month will feature a wide variety of acclaimed cinema, including new documentaries, old favorites, and compelling narratives. Screenings cost $12 for members and $15 for the public, unless otherwise noted. Complete details and tickets can be found by clicking HERE or by calling 646.505.5708.

August 2019 Screening Schedule:

“Ask Dr. Ruth” (U.S., 2019, 100 minutes) – Directed by Ryan White. A chronicle of the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality.
Thursday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


“The Peanut Butter Falcon” (U.S., 2019, 98 minutes) – Directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from his nursing home and sets off on an adventure with the help of Tyler (Shia LeBeouf), a small-time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely ally.

Followed by a Skype Q+A with the directors. Presented by ReelAbilities.
Monday, August 5, 7 p.m.


“The Ancient Law” (Germany, 1923, 135 minutes) – Directed by E.A. DuPont. Set in Galicia in the 1860s, Baruch is a rabbi’s son from the shtetl who leaves home to become a Shakespearean actor and is disowned by his father. Baruch must find a way to reconcile his religious heritage with his love of secular literature. A complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity.

A live score will be performed by Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin.
Tuesday, August 6, 7 p.m.


“Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” (U.S., 2019, 92 minutes) – Directed by Max Lewkowicz, this tells the story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals and is the first in-depth documentary that chronicles the life and themes of this iconic offering of American culture.
Monday, August 12, 7 p.m.


“Annie” Sing-along on the Roof (U.S., 1982, 128 minutes) – Directed by John Huston. The first beloved film adaptation of the Broadway smash hit is based on the perennial cartoon favorite, Little Orphan Annie. This musical extravaganza features stunning performances by Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Albert Finney. Join the JCC on its gorgeous rooftop for a sing-along showing, honoring the late Martin Charnin, the Jewish lyricist, writer, and director who conceived of turning the cartoon into the beloved musical.
Tuesday, August 13, 8 p.m.; $5


“This Changes Everything” (U.S., 2019, 97 minutes) – Directed by Tom Donahue. This film features Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, Tiffany Haddish, and other top actresses discussing gender discrimination in the media and entertainment industry.
Saturday, August 17, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 18, 2 p.m.4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Monday, August 19, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 20, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


“Give Me Liberty” (U.S., 2019, 110 minutes) – Directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky. In this offbeat comedy, medical transport driver Vic is torn between his promise to get hisrelatives to a funeral and his desire to help Tracy, a headstrong young black woman in a wheelchair. Presented by ReelAbilities.
Tuesday, August 27, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 29, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


August 1
August 29
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Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY United States
(646) 505-4444