2019 SOUTHAMPTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL – Showing 7 feature Jewish films every Tuesday from July 9 through August 20. Tickets are $15.
The Mamboniks – Tuesday, July 09 at 7:30 pm
Operation Wedding – Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm
Hag – Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
Who Will Write Our History Tuesday – July 30 at 7:30 pm
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim – Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30 pm
The Dybbuk – Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
Monsieur Mayonnaise – Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30 pm
THE MAMBONICKS (2019 | 89 min.)
Directed by Lex Gillespie
The film features a lovable, somewhat zany group of characters, now retired yet still dancing in Florida, who spin their tales with heart, humor and chutzpah. Set to the infectious Afro-Cuban sounds of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, the film traces the mambo’s rise from its birth in Cuba, to the peak of its popularity in the neon-splashed New York of the 1950s.
We travel to Havana with mambonik Marvin “Marvano” Jaye, who last visited the island in 1959, when dancers performed as the bombs of Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries echoed in the streets. For many mamboniks, the affinity for Latin sounds was more than just pure fun: in the years after World War II, dancing helped Jews banish the horrors of the Holocaust and find joy once again. Mad Men meets Buena Vista Social Club in this surprising story about the dancers who fell in love with Cuban Mambo in the 1950s, sparking a dance craze that swept the nation and the world.
The Mamboniks is the first documentary to tell the story of the musical and dance invasion that came from Cuba in the years preceding Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution of 1959.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
After a successful debut in May, Southampton Arts Center will once again present the popular Raconteurs Storytelling Evening, this time with the theme of “Secrets”. Each participant will tell a true story about a secret of their own. These short and sweet tales are sure to make you laugh and cry. September Raconteurs include Marissa Fallon Friedes, Sima Freierman, Allan Kronzek, Greg Monske, Mickey Paraskevas, Stefanie Sacks, and Brenda Simmons. Sponsored by Patricia A. Sanders.