Mary Scott lectures at SFJFF - July 24, Fri 6pm-9pm

When: July 24, 2015 - 6:00pm to July 26, 2015 - 9:00pm

Long-time SF State film professor (and OLLI instructor), Mary Scott, invites you to her class on the history of Jewish film,  held in conjuction with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

So what makes a film Jewish? The director, the cast, the topic, where it was made? This is what we will be exploring during this lecture. It is a crash course in the history of Jewish film, Jewish stars, Jewish directors, Jewish themes and a chance to discuss whether there is such a thing as a "Jewish" film. We will see clips from The Jazz Singer, Yiddish films, Fiddler on the Roof, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks films, as well as documentaries on many topics.

As part of this course, OLLI student Ralph Beren will give a 30 minute presentation on what Jewish humor is all about, with film clips of several Jewish comedians, and of course that icon of Jewish humor:  the Jewish Joke.  

Find out the stage names of Allen Konigsberg, Natalie Herschlag, Joan Molinsky, Nathan Birnbaum, Benjamin Kubelsky, Bernie Schwartz, Elliot Goldstein, Bette Perske, Jacob Julius Garfinkle, and Melvin Kaminsky. (Hint: Woody Allen and Lauren Bacall are 2 of the answers.)

This class includes 3 parts which span the weekend. You can come to just Part One, this Friday night lecture described above, or choose to purchase tickets and continue on to Parts 2 and 3 at the Jewish Film Festival in the historic Castro Theater. Two film viewings per day...followed by discussion...are included.

(Here is a link to the film festival website. This does not provide information about the Mary Scott lecture or event above; but can provide more information on the festival itself:

Films are Autism in Love, 2:10 pm on Saturday, Plastic Man, the Artful Life of Jerry Barrish at 4:30 Saturday.

Raise the Roof, 2 pm Sunday and Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict at 4:30 Sunday

They are all documentaries. There are summaries and trailers for many of the films at

Fine Arts 101, Coppola Theater, San Francisco State University
Fine Arts building is behind the Creative Arts building from Holloway