Photos: 2,200+ Turn Out for Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Opening Night

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The huge crowd awaits AJFF’s opening night presentation of “Above and Beyond.”

For the third year in a row, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Vinings served as the venue for the opening night gala and film presentation of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Formerly held at the similarly sized Fox Theatre in Midtown, the Cobb Energy Centre’s large ballroom and 2,700+ seat capacity make for an exceptional space for the largest annual film event in Atlanta.

Nearly a dozen of Atlanta’s finest restaurants catered the event, offering up custom dishes for the enthusiastic audience. Live music—presented by the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival—and an open bar aided in the festivities, which included several raffles, an interactive red carpet photo booth and lots of mingling with Atlanta’s movers and shakers.

The film presentation was documentary “Above and Beyond,” which Christo reviewed earlier this week. Directed by Roberta Grossman (AJFF alum with 2013’s “Hava Nagila (The Movie)”) and produced by Nancy Spielberg (Steven Spielberg’s sister), “Above and Beyond” chronicles the incredible story of Israel’s first air force and their growth from a rag-tag team of volunteers to a powerful military force.

It was an incredible evening and a great start to the 23-day festival. Check out several photos after the jump!

The Cobb Energy Centre served as the AJFF opening night venue
for its third year in a row.
Opening Night Gala.
Opening Night Gala.
Opening Night Gala.
The band plays for a lively crowd at the gala.

Moviegoers begin to trickle into the Cobb Energy Centre.

John Roberts introduces “Above and Beyond.”

John Roberts hosts Producer Nancy Spielberg in a Q&A
following “Above and Beyond.”
“Above and Beyond” Producer Nancy Spielberg.

“Above and Beyond” Producer Nancy Spielberg.
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