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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 13, 2012 The J Ball: The talk of the town PAGE 3. . Want to know what every- one's talking about? It's the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's big annual party, the J Ball. The event, which raises money for the JCC's Marvin Friedman Chil- dren's Scholarship Fund, will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at Rosen Shingle Creek on Universal Boulevard. "It is fun to have a drink, dance and have fun with friends across Orlando who come together to celebrate our Central Florida JCC commu- nity," saidAmy and JeffImber, whose children have attended the J University after school Ronnie & Deborah Bitman and Judith & Eli Arieli all had a ball at last year's J Ball. and Early Childhood Learning Center programs at the JCC's Jick & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus. Terr-i Costigan, another parent agreed. "The J Ball is a great opportunity to spend time with good friends, foster a'sense of community and support a good cause." "The J Ball is a chance to so- cialize with friends in a party atmosphere, participate in an amazing silent auction, and support the community pro- grams the JCC offers. Having fun enjoying great company, music, entertainment, and food while supporting a great cause is what J Ball is all about." said Gwen and Scott Richman, also parents at the JCC's Rosen Campus. The event is unlike many other fundraising galas, tak- ing on a youthful party-vibe, with a D J, photo ops, a dance floor, and a bar. "The J Ball was anamazing event that my husband and I will by no means forget," said Kelly Adams, a teacher at the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center at the Roth JCC in Maitland. "Everything including the food, music, dancing and the beautiful surroundings at the Rosen Resort Shingle Creek made for a very memorable and exceptionally enjoyable experience." Fellow teachers, Pre-K teachers Diana Rolfes and Judith Arieli echoed Kelly's sentiment. "We had the best evening. It was'so much fun to dress up and go to a beautiful event together with our hus- bands. The food, the dancing, the games.,.what a night!" Sara Burhans, also a Pre- K teacher but at the Rosen Campus, really enjoyed the silent auction, which alone raises thousands of dollars in scholarships each year. Last year, Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd attended the J Ball and looks forward to attending this year as well. "I had a great time at the J Ball last year. It was good to come out and see so much sup- port for the JCC. The new Rosen Campus is located in my County Commission district and is an asset to Southwest Orlando, much as the Maitland Campus has been for so many years to the people in that area. I'm really looking forward to coming back to the J Ball this year." Deborah and Ronnie Bit- man, parents at the Roth JCC in Maitland, summed it up well. "The J Ball is such a fabulous event. It's always so nice to be able to socialize with all the other moms and dads from the JCC, and last year's tribute to the teachers and staff made the night extra specia!." Tickets for the event cost $75 per person. Seniors, as well as parents with chil- dren currently enrolled in the ECLC, receive $25 off. Tickets can be purchased online at www.orlandojcc. org. 21st Annual Florida Film Festival: films, food, fun "Every year the Florida Film Festival premieres the best in current independent and foreign cinema. This year we salute our 21st an- niversary by bringing you more of the best," says a fes- tival organizer. "With over 160 cutting-edge films, 100 visiting filmmakers, plenty of special guests, and non- stop events, this festival will do everything to ensure 10 days of film, food and fun." This year there are seven films listed under the genre "Jewish." They include two Competition Documentary Shorts, a Special Screening, a Competition Documentary Feature, a Family Film, and two Competition Narrative Shorts. The Documentary Shorts include: "The Olympian," directed by Gerald Pesta, produced in the United States. This five-minute short shows through balletic editing of archival footage, body building masters--in 1894 and 1975--are scruti- nized and celebrated in this hypnotic study of the male physique and the glory of the moving image. "Kings Point," directed by Sari Gilman, produced in the United States, is a 30-minute short about six residents of a typical retire- ment condo-community in the vicinity of West Palm Beach, who extol the virtues and the challenges of living in their geriatric paradise. "Poignant, funny and dark," says a Florida Film Festival committee member. "King's Point" drills in on the real complexities these seniors face sustaining indepen- dence and humanity in the last chapter of their Ameri- can dream. Special Screening is "An Afternoon With Barry Levinson, featuring Liberty - Heights." The movie is pro- duced in the United States. It is 128 minutes long and rated R. Academy Award- winning (and five-time Oscar-nominated) writer- director Barry Levinson brings it all back home to Baltimore in the spirit of "Diner," "Tin Men" and "Avalon" in this "funny and "heartfelt coming-of-age story" about two brothers growing up Jewish in the mid-1950s. Against the tumultuous backdrop of McCarthyism and racial in- tegration, Van (future Oscar winner Adrien Brody) and Ben (Ben Foster), together with their parents, Nate (Joe Mantegna) and Ada (Bebe Neuwirth), face the daily trials of social, religious and raciai discrimination. "Lib- erty Heights" is a smart and sentimental comedic-drama that radiates with love and nostalgia. Following the film screen- ing, director/writer Levin- son will join the audience for a moderated Q&A. "Bert Stern: Original Madman," directed by Shan- nah Laumeister, produced in the United States is an 88-minute movie. According to reviews, "Bert Stern was born with a hunger for adventure, a load of natural talent, and an eye for extraordinary beauty, especially in women. Once a camera landed in his hand, he had everything he needed to revolutionize the world of advertising and change the taste of America during the post-war boom years. But it turns out the formula for success lies precariously close to that of madness. Stern experienced both in quantity as illustrated by filmmaker Laumeister, who also happens to be Stern's longtime muse and compan- ion. She turns an admirably honest eye on the zeitgeist- capturing photographer, who created an American ap- petite for vodka and, in turn, convinced Marilyn Monroe to reveal her deepest heart during what turned out to be her last photo session. However, as captivating as Stern's huge volume of photography is, even more enthralling (and frustrab ing) is the life story of the character who created it." The category of Family Films brings "First Posi- tion," a 90-minute film, produced in the United States and directed by Bess Kargman. "First Position" was the runner-up for the Audience Award for Best Documen- tary at the Toronto Film Festival. "Bess Kargman's remarkably entertaining film combines all of the heart, drama, tension, and suspense of other students- in-competition docs like 'Spellbound' but is set in the competitive world of classical dance." Every year more than 5,000 aspiring dancers Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nomina- tions for the 2012 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented on Aug. 19 at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. "For more than 25 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu- tions of their talent, time, energy, and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award," said Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heritage. According to Gaeser, "Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable and long lastingcontributions to the Jewish community. Nominees for the 2012 award are individuals who do not look for recognition but per- form tikkun olam--repairing the world--out of internal motivation." Nominations should be e-mailed or typed on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper" and sent by mail. Included should be the name and phone number of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accom- plishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). Submit the information to Heritage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award, 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730 or email (in subject line add "Human Service Award"). worldwide, ages 9 to 19, enter the Grand Prix hoping to win scholarships, kudos and job contracts. Out of that num- ber, only 300 make it into the New York City finals. This wonderful and-touching film follows six gifted bal- let students from disparate Social, regional, economic and ethnic backgrounds as they embark on thisjourney. From a boy living in Italy with his U.S. military family, to an orphan girl from war- torn Sierra Leone adopted as a tot by a Jewish family in Philadelphia, to a pretty blond all-American princess from Maryland, the young dancers and their families exhibit extraordinary tenac- ity, passion and dedication to their art. In the category Competi- tion Narrative Shorts, there are two films, "The Other Side," directed by Khen Shalemusa, is a 22-minute piece in Hebrew with English subtitles. A simple soccer ball sparks an unusual friendship between two boys on either side of the Israeli/Palestinian wall. For schedule, prices and locations call the festival headquarters at 407629- 1088 or go online to www. iriiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Every do)' that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. 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