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Best Fest Film Series

Best Fest Film Series

The Best Fest Film Series is a ten-part series featuring ten renowned international Film Festivals. 

Directors of festivals from around the globe visit and discuss cinema in their respective countries and cities, talk about the history of their festivals, and present an award-winning film. The film is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, and question and answer session with the audience.  

The 2014 Series featured Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania),  Slamdance Film Festival (Utah, USA), Havana Film Festival New York (NYC, USA), Animation Block Party and Rooftop Films (NYC, USA), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Morelia International Film Festival (Mexico), True/False Film Fest (Missouri, USA), Play-Doc Film Festival (Galicia, Spain),  First Time Film Festival (USA) and Busan International Film Festival (South Korea).

Best Fest welcomes guest artists, authors and public figures to the discussion. Topical films have produced riveting, and sometimes heated, debates. The excellent La Joula de Oro sparked a lively conversation about immigration and migrant representation in the arts that kept the audience glued to their seats for an hour and a half, after the movie. True/False Film Fest invited a band to open their evening, to recreate the musical atmosphere of their festival.

Best Fest Film Series provides a rare opportunity to see outstanding films, learn about arts and film culture the world over, and experience the best and most exciting film festivals worldwide.

The Newish Jewish Music Festival

The Newish Jewish Music Festival

The Newish Jewish Music Festival celebrates contemporary Jewish culture and music in a two concert series with additional programs and events at partnering venues. The music has roots in historic Jewish traditions with influences from the complex dynamics of contemporary Jewish sound and culture.

World Premiere: John Zorn's Masada Book Three: The Hook Beriah

An epic marathon concert featuring no less that 20 different bands and more than 50 musicians from wildly divergent backgrounds - jazz, rock, classical, world music, pop and more. The concert will feature Zorn, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Secret Chiefs 3, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, John Medeski, Jon Madof and Zion 80, Klezmatics members Frank London and Matt Darriau, Abraxas, Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits, Many Arms, Sofia Rei, Eyvind Kang, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft, Cleric, Uri Gurvich and many more.


The Klezmatics present 'Havana Nagila'

featuring Arturo O'Farrill

Havana Nagila is a joyful celebration of New York's unique Latin and Jewish musical heritages. The New York based Klezmatics update historic Yiddish tunes for contemporary listeners, establishing a unique Grammy-winning style emulated worldwide. This spring, they will team up to craft an unforgettable evening with renowned Latin pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill and Cuban sing Xiomara Laugart, an eclectic, multi-genre songstress best known for her work with Yerba Buena.



Produced in association with Claudia Norman, Leyendas celebrates the world’s great figures in Latin music through performances with living legends, tributes to the grand masters, never-before-seen collaborations, premieres of new works, and much much more.

Gilberto Gil

Grammy-winner Gilberto Gil returns to New York for the first time in five years, bringing his latest show Gilbertos Samba. The evening features reinterpretations of old classics recorded by João Gilberto and more, featured on Gilberto's latest album. New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy the voice of Gilberto Gil, whose career blends with the history and culture of the Brazilian nation. Gil's illustrious career spans four decades with over 30 albums, multiple Grammy Awards, six gold records, four platinum singles, and more than five million records sold.

Alondra de la Parra Orchestra

November 1, 2014 featured a festive Day of the Dead concert in 2014 with Mexican-American conductor Alondra de la Parra and her Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in a unique concert honoring late Mexican composers, as featured on the Orchestra's platinum albums Alma Mexicana and Travieso Carmesi. They were joined by pop sensation Natalia Lafourcade, and celebrated the 10 anniversary of their inception, when they also performed at Town Hall to great acclaim. 

Eva Ayllon & Albita

Cuban-America superstar Albita joins forces with legendary Afro-Peruvian Eva Ayollon in a never-before-seen collaboration by two of Latin America's most irresistible artists. Both women have spent decades electrifying audiences with their riveting interpretations of the upbeat and infectious folk music of their native countries.