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The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will close its 2017 run with a biopic on Hedy Lamarr (Courtesy/SFJFF)

S.F. Jewish Film Fest will highlight women directors on opening, closing nights

The Jewish Film Institute has announced the opening and closing films for its 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which runs from July 20 to Aug. 6.

The opening film, “Keep the Change,” is a romantic comedy set in New York about a community of adults on the autism spectrum. The movie will screen at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, with director Rachel Israel present. An opening-night party will follow at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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A scene from San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017 opening night film “Keep the Change”

The festival will close its San Francisco run on July 30 with “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” a biopic about the actress (and accomplished inventor, the film points out). Director Alexandra Dean and Lamarr’s son, Anthony Loder, will attend the screening and closing-night reception at the Castro.

In addition to the Castro Theatre, films will be shown at the Landmark Albany Twin in Albany, the CinéArts Theatre in Palo Alto, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, and the New Parkway Theater in Oakland.

The festival’s full program will be announced on June 20. Early bird festival passes are available through June 19. Tickets will go on sale June 20 for Jewish Film Institute members and June 23 for the general public. For more information see sfjff.org.

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Max A. Cherney is a former J. staff writer. He can be reached at max@jweekly.com.