Opening Day kicks off with two Palm Beach County Premieres, the evening opening film event Remembering Gene Wilder – Honoring the Festival Grand Benefactors – Billi & Bernie Marcus and Marilyn & Jay Weinberg. There will be a patron get together at 5pm at the theater followed by the film at 7pm. The film will have an introduction by Mel Brooks.
Remembering Gene Wilder tells the story of the beloved comedic genius. Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman to an assimilated Milwaukee Jewish family, and his childhood buddies called him Jerry. The world would come to know him as Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016), an endearing comic genius through an extraordinary string of film roles that seem to grow deeper, funnier and more humane with time: from the timid Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks’ The Producers to the strange and magical title role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, from his inspired on-screen partnership with Richard Pryor in movies like Silver Streak to the comedy classics of Blazing Saddles, The Frisco Kid and Young Frankenstein. Opening Night festivities will take place on Sunday, February 25 at Cinemark Palace 20.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more information, visit www.JFilmBoca.org.
About the Boca International Jewish Film Festival: The Boca International Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit all volunteer organization celebrating Jewish culture through the medium of film. Founded by Wendy Honig, Lesley Rich and Arleen Roberts, the festival aims to bring together diverse audiences to explore and appreciate the rich tapestry of Jewish spirit, culture, traditions and humor. With a thoughtfully curated selection of films, year ‘round programming, discussions and special events, the Boca International Jewish Film Festival promises to be a cultural highlight for the Boca Raton community and beyond.