Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Chris Sarandon in Forced March (c)2013 Forced March LLC

Written and Produced by Dick Atkins

WHEN: Friday, May 9, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maurice Levin Theater at JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue in West Orange
ADMISSION: Entry is included as part of the six-class Reel Film Series, beginning May 2, and walk-up entry will be $20 (cash only).
For more information, visit or call 973.530.3417.

Local Filmmaker to Share Re-Edited Film in JCC MetroWest’s Reel Film Series

The New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF), a project of JCC MetroWest, will include a public screening of Forced March in its spring Reel Film Series. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Forced March was produced and written by Dick Atkins, who grew up in Livingston, NJ and now lives in West Orange, NJ. Originally released in 1989, the film faced endless obstacles, such as political upheaval in Hungary where it was shot and a hands-off approach to Holocaust films in Hollywood at the time. Finally, in 2013, Atkins re-released Forced March in a newly edited and digitized form, and will be on hand at the JCC MetroWest screening to discuss the film’s journey and the work itself. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase.

In Forced March, actor Ben Kline sets out to play a hero who died in the Holocaust, but instead he is forced to face the reality of those victimized by the war. In assuming the historical role of Miklos Radnoti, who left a notebook of harrowing poems from his ordeal, Ben finds the voice not of a hero, but rather one Jew who tried simply to survive against the rising tide, and now speaks to us from the grave.

NJJFF’s Reel Film Series runs on Friday mornings, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Spring includes:

May 9: Public Screening of “Forced March” with Dick Atkins, Producer & Writer

May 16: “Kissing Jessica Stein” with Rabbi Karen Perolman of B'nai Jeshurun

May 23: “Dressing America” with Steven Fischler, Producer

May 30: “The Gatekeepers” with Dov Gardin, Former IDF Sergeant & International Security Expert

June 13: “The Real Inglorious Bastards” with Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler of Cong. AABJ&D

Register for the series by visiting or call (973) 530-3417.

A project of JCC Metrowest and part of the Gaelen Center for the Arts, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF) fosters the growth of Jewish culture, identity, and community in northern New Jersey by presenting a range of exceptional films of Jewish interest. In addition to the 10-day festival in the spring, NJJFF offers several film programs throughout the year, including the Reel Film Series and Extra! events.

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