Jewish New Media Festival

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Jewish New Media Festival

December 7, 2019

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The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is proud to present 
the nation’s first 

Watch the Jewish New Media Festival Trailer here!
Watch “Virtual Bodies // the world to come” trailer here!

Taking place at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th, the Jewish New Media Festival is the first festival of its kind in America. Dedicated to sharing, celebrating, and exploring Jewish storytelling in our digital-global age, the inaugural JEWISH NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL will bring together established and emerging Jewish new media artists, media producers, and thinkers for two days of exploration, connection, and innovation at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

What is New Media?

New media refers to the digital technologies that take advantage of computers and the Internet to create, share, and communicate ideas. Social media, YouTube, podcasts, web series, blogs and vlogs, online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, interactive gaming, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality are some examples of what we refer to as new media. New Media shapes the nature of how we tell and experience Jewish stories today. And, due to its accessibility and intimacy, some new media has become a part of our everyday lives! The Jewish New Media Festival offers festival-goers an opportunity to explore Jewish storytelling in our digital-global age — meaning the artists, storytellers, and thinkers you’ll be hearing from and interacting with at the festival use digital technology and media to create, share, and distribute their stories and ideas to people around the world.

Festival Highlights include:

Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 – 7 PM
VIRTUAL BODIES // the world to come  Exhibition and Opening Reception
Seven of the top Jewish new media artists showcase their work in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Interactive Sculpture, and Video Art. Keynote address and artist talkback at 5:30 pm.
Treats and libations courtesy of Cooper Spirits. Co-Presented by Penn Cinema and Media Studies

Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 – 9:30 PM

An Evening of Comedy, Music, and Thought-Provoking Shtick with Jamie Elman & Eli Battalion of the world’s first Yiddish-speaking web series YidLife Crisis.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 12 – 1:50 PM

Introduction to Podcasting Workshop
It seems like everyone and their mother have a podcast today! Now you can, too! In this workshop (appropriate for beginners who would like to create their own podcasts), you will learn how to create and launch your own podcasts, essential storytelling and interviewing techniques, ideas for different narrative structures, and more! 

Sunday, Dec. 8, 7:30 PM – 9 PM

An Evening with Jessica Katz, Co-Host of Amazon’s new hit series TECH TALK with Special Guest Nancy Spielberg

Who would not want to spend an evening with the amazing Spielberg family? Join mother and daughter, Nancy Spielberg and Jessica Katz, as they dish about everything from Jessica’s upbringing and Jewish identity to her decision to uproot her entire life and move to Israel in 2011. From her appearance on Israel’s The Voice to starting a band with her ex-boyfriend and co-hosting Amazon Prime’s hot new show  TECH TALK, Jessica can’t wait to fill you in on how new media has helped shape her career and realize her creative aspirations. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind chance to get up close and personal with Jessica Katz — our Jewish New Media Festival young artist to watch!

This event is preceded by a wine and cheese/dessert reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Festival Passes:

Saturday Pass: $25

Sunday Pass: $35

Two-Day Pass: $50
To purchase festival passes, click here.
For full festival lineup, click here.



December 7, 2019
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The National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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