Kansas City Jewish Film Festival
August 2 - 19, 2020
The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival (KCJFF) provides our diverse community an opportunity to encounter Jewish ideas and values by creating an open, inviting, and entertaining forum for films that explore issues of culture, identity, and history with a Jewish twist.
The 2020 KCJFF will be happening virtually!
This year the KCJFF is coming straight to you at home! When you purchase a ticket, you will be able to watch this film anytime within a 48-hour period. AND, everyone at home can watch it with you! You can watch it on your cell phone, tablet, computer, or even your tv, if you have that capability! (Need help? Check out our FAQs.) The 2020 KC Jewish Film Fest features 12 great films, with a combined 45 wins in both national and international film awards. Each of these films would not have been seen in the Kansas City area without the KC Jewish Film Fest. Thank you to our Donors and Sponsors who made this possible!
Presentation of the KC Jewish Film Fest is made possible in part by:
Single Ticket: $12 per show
Tickets will be available for purchase until 8 pm the second night the film runs. Please note: We cannot accept American Express credit cards.
The 2020 Film Lineup
Miracle of Miracles
Sponsored by Theatre League
On The Map
Sponsored by Scott & Denise Slabotsky
Sponsored by Jewish Federation of
Greater Kansas City
Ahead of Time
Sponsored by Dr. Mark & Diane Davidner
Picture Of His Life
The Samuel Project
Sponsored by Arrow Fabricare Services –
Bruce & Stephanie Gershon
Standing Up Falling Down
My Polish Honeymoon
Sponsored by Michael Gortenburg
in honor of Galit and Shoshana
Gortenburg – Executive Producers
THANK YOU to our 2020 KC Jewish Film Festival Sponsors and Donors!
We could not do this without your generosity and support of the arts in Kansas City.
KCJFF Frequently Asked Questions
Will the same movies that were originally planned be available virtually?
All (12) of the films presented in the virtual KCJFF are the same as those originally planned for live screening at The White Theatre. For a list of films and dates, along with other details, please see above.
Are there “showtimes” or a schedule as in years past?
Each of the 12 films will be presented in staggered 48-hour “windows” in which you can watch the film. You can watch the film at any time during that film’s window. These windows are different for each film, with each film having its own “opening” date over the course of the Festival. Please review the schedule and opening date of each film.
How will I access the films from home?
Virtual ticket holders will receive a separate email with a unique link and access instructions for each film or Zoom conversation.
You will receive this email at least 6 hours before the 48-hour screening “window” for each film.
You will need an email address and reliable Internet access to participate in the streaming Film Festival.
Films can be streamed on any "smart" device: a desktop or laptop computer, tablet, smart phone, or even a smart TV. There are many ways you can connect these devices to your home TV using an HDMI cable, through device-to-TV-screen mirroring, or through apps like Vimeo easily downloadable on your smart devices.
Because many of our films are on Vimeo, we recommend you create a FREE account online in advance for easy login before entering the provided links and passwords or promo codes. For those with smart TVs, Apple TV, Firesticks, or Roku boxes, you may also be able download the Vimeo app on your TV.
For the safety and integrity of our film festival, filmmaker relationships, and partners, you must not forward links to anyone.
When will the link for the films arrive?
The link for each individual film will arrive via email by 6 pm the night before the first scheduled viewing day of your film. If the film program includes a Zoom conversation, you will also receive a separate Zoom link via email for that event. We are sending multiple emails to ensure these links are received.
If you purchase a Film Fest e-Pass (good for all 12 films), you will receive each film’s link separately, on the evening before each film’s “opening."
If you do not see these emails, make sure to check your junk/spam folder and mark us ([email protected] in particular) as a "safe" sender!
Please DO NOT share or forward these links and emails with anyone. We have a set number of logins per film, are tracking users, and this could jeopardize our streaming licensing.
Can the films be viewed more than one time?
It is the intent of the virtual or e-ticket purchase that one ticket equals one household viewing of the film. However, films can be paused and re-started throughout the two-day viewing window (but you must use the same device each time you access the screening link).
NOTE: There is no grace period. So, if a film's viewing window ends at 11:59 PM, you will be cutoff at 11:59 PM – please schedule viewing time accordingly. The intent of the single virtual ticket is that members of a household will view together.
How do we access live discussions with guest speakers?
For those films that involve live discussion components, the link for the Zoom discussions will arrive in the same message as the viewing link.
If you plan to participate in the live discussion, you will need to use that link, the Zoom discussion will not start “automatically” after you view the film.
Unlike the films themselves, the Zoom events are live discussions, and thus happen only at the specified time. If you prefer, you may participate in the Zoom discussion via telephone rather than a video conference; simply use the phone number and password provided in the email.
Will the discussions be interactive? Will there be an opportunity for questions and answers?
Yes, there will be an opportunity to ask and submit questions during the Zoom discussion. You can submit questions live via the Zoom chat feature or use the Q&A function. For security and time, we may need to curate questions to some extent.
Can I purchase tickets or a subscription as a gift for someone outside my household?
Yes! Films are a very thoughtful gift. To do this, when you check out, you must enter the recipient's email address but your credit card information. Unfortunately, this means that the full payment receipt will go to the recipient, but this is how email addresses are collected for link distribution. We regret the inconvenience, but hope you will still consider giving the gift of film!
How will the technology will work?
Under normal circumstances, you’ll receive a link in an email for each film, and by just clicking on the link, that should connect you with the website for the streaming platform the distributor is using (Vimeo in most cases) for your film. You should then be able to enter a password, and off you go. The film will play on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You may even be able to view the film on your TV, if you have that capability in your home (see information below).
How do I play the film on my TV instead of my computer or tablet?
In order to play the film on your TV, there are several possible options, but in most cases, it will be helpful if you have a “Smart” TV (generally a TV that has been manufactured in the last several years) in order to do this. In most cases, you will also need an open HDMI port on the back (or side) of your TV. (View a helpful video on this topic.)
Option 1 – “Wired”
This is probably the simplest option, and the one we recommend, but requires that you are able to run cable from your device to the TV, preferably an HDMI cable, as this contains both video and audio feeds. Here’s a good short video on how to do this.
In short, you’ll access the film using your computer or tablet via the link in the email and you will “mirror” the film on your TV. Note: you will need to purchase the appropriate cable to connect the two devices, unless you can use the cable from your internet box to the TV. If you do not have an HDMI port on your device or TV, you will need to purchase the appropriate cable or adapters to connect the two devices.
Option 2 – “Wireless”
This option utilizes WiFi to connect your device to your TV, “mirroring” content from your phone or tablet to your Smart TV, and may in some cases be an option, but will not work with all video streaming platforms or devices. This is a more complicated method but may be an option if you can’t run cable between your device and your TV. For this option, you will either need to have a Smart TV that allows you to configure the TV to run content from your WiFi, or a plug-in “stick” or receiver (Chromecast, Firestick, AppleTV) that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV.
If this process is already enabled, you may see an icon at the bottom of your playback devices screen that you may click on that will then “cast” the image to your TV. Alternatively, you may have to configure your device in advance. The good news, you don’t have to be a techie to do it!
Click the type of phone you have below to see step-by-step instructions.
Be sure to click on the enlarge/full-screen button when you're done to get a full view of the movie. The enlarge button is on the far bottom right and looks like 4 arrows.
Regardless of which option you use, we strongly suggest you test this process in advance with other internet content before doing so with one of our films, so that you can catch most of the setup issues beforehand.
When I enter my password, I get an error message. What do I do?
You should make sure you’ve entered the password correctly and check to make sure that your “caps lock” button is not on (as passwords are case-sensitive). One way to ensure that you’ve entered the password correctly, is to go to the email containing the link and password, and double click on the password, then right click, and choose “copy.” Then click on the link again, and when prompted for the password, place the cursor in the box, right click, and choose “paste.” That will eliminate any possible mis-keying of the password.
The movie keeps pausing or locking up. How do I fix that?
The KCJFF is not responsible for issues with home internet speeds.
- Perform an Internet Speed Check – We recommend you do this before screening any of our films. Most films will not play seamlessly (i.e. without intermittent pauses for “buffering”) unless your internet service provider (Spectrum, Google Fiber, etc.) is providing an internet download speed of at least 10 mbps (megabits per second). To check this on your home device, go to speedtest.net and follow the steps therein. This site will check three different speeds, so you’ll need to be patient and wait until it’s finished (though it takes less than a minute to complete). You’re looking for the middle number, “Download Mbps”, and you need it to be at least 10. If you’re not getting at least 10 Mbps, and you’re supposed to be getting that, this would be a good time to contact your internet service provider.
- Reboot your computer. Don’t just “restart” but actually power off your computer and wait a few minutes, then power it back up. This will ensure that any processes that are running that might potentially impact your computer’s memory and CPU capacity have ended.
- Reboot your internet router. Go to the box from your internet service provider that provides wired or wireless to your home. Unplug the box, wait a few minutes, then plug the box back in and allow your internet service to reboot. This may take several minutes but will remove any old processes that may have been running/buffering.
- Check your recorded content. If you have DVR capability and have scheduled regular recordings of shows, your may have reached the limit of your DVR storage capacity, which can negatively impact streaming performance.
- Try a different browser (i.e., Chrome, Firefox, and Safari tend to worker better than Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge for example.)
What happens if I still have technical problems at home viewing the movies?
If you encounter a problem watching your KCJFF film(s) at home and have tried the suggestions above with no success, please email [email protected].
Please provide your name, phone number, and a brief description of the problem. A member of our tech “team” will get back to you as soon as they are able. We recommend that you watch the films early in the viewing windows so that our team has time to troubleshoot any problems if they arise.
Please note, however, that we are not experts on your individual TV/Internet systems, and may not be able to solve every possible issue. It is possible you will only be able to view your film on your desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.
In an emergency, you may call 816-985-5421 and I (or one of our volunteer “technicians”) will try to assist you in this process between the hours of 10 am and 9 pm.
Disclaimer: While KCJFF will attempt to make at-home viewing as seamless as possible, we are not qualified nor able to resolve every issue that may arise, especially those that may be a function of your home internet/TV provider. We are committed to making sure that at a minimum you are able to view the film at home the device on which you receive/read your emails, but we may or may not be able to ensure that you are able to view the film on the variety of potential devices beyond that.