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Little White Lie


Director: Lacey Schwartz, Executive Producer: Be'chol Lashon


 




What happens when you discover that your family has been hiding a Little White Lie? For Be'chol Lashon's Director of Outreach, a family secret led to a journey to redefine her identity. Lacey Schwartz's personal tale of growing up in a white Jewish family, uncovering a secret about her biological black father, and coming to terms with her mixed black and Jewish heritage has been praised by critics across the country including the NYTimes and MSNBC.

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Given Be'chol Lashon's commitment to celebrating racial and ethnic Jewish diversity, we are delighted to be the producer of Little White Lie and see the movie as a vehicle to open up important conversations about race, identity and family life. It's important to be able to talk about differences in age where intersectional identities are becoming the norm. Highlighting inclusion, diversity and connection as hallmarks of Judaism, provides basic building blocks for instilling Jewish pride in an increasingly global world.

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Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"This film has been designated as a Critics' Pick."

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"Schwartz brings generosity to conversations most of us are too scared to have out loud." — Diana Clarke for The Village Voice

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Self–indulgence is a big problem with personal documentaries, but I think the secret in ‘Little White Lie’ kept it from going in that direction — the narrative thrust keeps you engaged.’" — Felicia R. Lee for The New York Times
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"It's a story which many might find far–fetched: a biracial black woman led to believe most of her life that she was a white Jewish woman." — Charing Ball for The Grio (MSNBC)

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"Can you imagine not knowing you were black until you became an adult? That's exactly what happened to Lacey Schwartz, a documentary filmmaker whose newest project ‘Little White Lie’ is set to premiere this weekend." — Bossip.com

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"While Schwartz the filmmaker has embraced her black identity, it has not been at the expense of the strong Jewish cultural identity she developed during her formative years." — Rebecca Spence / JTA

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"Congratulations to Lacey Schwartz for winning the 2014 Saatchi & Saatchi "Nothing is Impossible" Producer's Award for her film, Little White Lie!" — Hudson Houston

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"Holmes' criterion for festival submissions is great black films, against the grain. Certainly that describes Brooklyn filmmaker Lacey Schwartz's ‘Little White Lie’, a personal documentary about family secrets and the power of truth–telling." — A.D Amorosi for The Inquirer

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"It goes without saying that Jewish identity, in all its forms, is one of SFJFF's overriding themes. The world premiere of Lacey Schwartz's first–person documentary ‘Little White Lie’, closes the festival with an utterly unique angle on the topic." — Michael Fox for KQED Arts


Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz explores how race, culture and family shape a person's sense of identity in this documentary and personal detective story." — Anita Katz for The Examiner

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"The aptly—titled Little White Lie clocks in at just over an hour, but it packs in a miniseries' worth of emotional complexity and honesty." — Cheryl Eddy for the San Francisco Bay Guardian online

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"‘Little White Lie’, which receives its world premiere here, is a candid look at race, family secrets and a Jewish woman's determined journey to discover who she really is. I was hooked throughout." — Randy Myers

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
"Moviegoers who aren't Jewish—a majority of the population, I'm told—and are interested in good films should be advised that the SFJFF and New York Jewish Film Festival (in January) are the prime destinations for many films at the beginning of their U.S. festival and exhibition lives." — Michael Fox for Eat Drink Films

Rabbi Gershom Sizomu
Description of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival by Mick LaSalle


Film Screenings

September 9, 2015

University of Connecticut-Africana Studies Institute

Mansfield, CT

Viewing information: Here


August 27, 2015

The Paramount OKC

Oklahoma City

Viewing information: TBD


August 27, 2015, 1:00PM

JCC Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Viewing information: TBD


May 10, 2015, 1:00PM

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Viewing information: Here


May 8, 2015, 3:30PM

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Viewing information: Here


March 23, 2015, 10:00PM/9c

Independent Lens on PBS

Viewing information: Here


February 28, 2015, 5:00PM

Montclair Film Festival

Montclair, NJ

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 26, 2015, 7:00PM

Virginia Tech - Lyric Center

Blacksburg, VA

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 25, 2015, 7:15PM

Washington Jewish Film Festival
AFI Silver Theater

SilverSprings, MD

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 24, 2015, 7:30PM

Washington Jewish Film Festival
JCC of Greater Washington

Rockville, MD

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 20, 2015, 6:00PM – 7:00

The Dalton School

New York, NY

February 17, 2015, 6:00PM – 7:00

School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 16, 2015, 7:20PM – 8:20

Pan American Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA

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February 15, 2015, 4:30PM – 5:30PM

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

San Diego, CA

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 14, 2015, 4:30PM – 5:30PM

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

San Diego, CA

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February 12, 2015, 7:45PM

Denver Jewish Film Festival

Denver, CO

More Information and Tickets: Here


February 12, 2015, 1:25PM

Pan American Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA

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February 11, 2015, 7:00PM

Jewish Community Center

Bridgewater, NJ

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February 9, 2015, 7:00PM

Spectrum Theater

Albany, NY

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February 8, 2015, 3:15PM

Bnai Jeshrun Meet Me at Sinai Day of Learning

New York, NY

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February 6, 2015, 7:30PM

Congregation Rodelph Shalom

New York, NY

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February 6, 2015, 5:40PM

Pan American Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA

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February 3, 2015, 7:30PM

Jewish Community Center

Manhattan, NY

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January 22, 2015, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Temple Emanuel

Beverly Hills, CA

More Information and Tickets: Here


January 17, 2015, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Quicks Hole Tavern

Cape Cod, MA

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December 9, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

International Black Women's Film Festival

Oakland, CA

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 19, 2014, 10:45am – 12:45pm

Doc NYC, Director will be in attendance!

New York, NY

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 17, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Boston, MA

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 16, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Doc NYC, Director will be in attendance!

New York, NY

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 15, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Boston Jewish Film Festival, Post Screening Discussion w/Director

Boston, MA

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 13, 2014, 4:15pm – 6:15pm

Cucalorus Film Festival

Wilmington, NC

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 12, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Nashville Film Festival

Nashville, TN

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 9, 2014, 4:05pm – 6:05pm

Teaneck International Film Festival, Q&A w/Director

Teaneck, NJ

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 8, 2014, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Ojai Film Festival

Ojai, CA

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 8, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Rocky Mountains Women's Film Festival

Colorado Springs, CO

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 8, 2014, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Rocky Mountains Women's Film Festival

Colorado Springs, CO

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 7, 2014, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ojai Film Festival

Ojai, CA

More Information and Tickets: Here


November 6th, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Williamstown Film Festival

Williamstown, MA

More Information: Here


November 4th, 2014, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

Rutgers, NJ

More Information: Here


November 2th, 2014, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

Rutgers, NJ

More Information: Here


November 2th, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

National Council of Jewish Women's Film Festival

Essex Country, NJ

More Information: Here


November 1th, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Indie Memphis Film Festival

Memphis, TN

More Information: Here


October 26th, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

The Mead Film Festival

Kaufmann Theater
American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY

More Information: Here


October 20, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

New Orleans Film Festival, Q&A w/Director

New Orleans, LA

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 19, 2014, 5:45pm-6:45pm

New Orleans Film Festival, Q&A w/Director

New Orleans, LA

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 18, 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Astoria International Film Festival

Astoria, OR

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 18, 2014, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Woodstock Film Festival

Woodstock, NY

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 17 – 21, 2014, 7:45pm

NY State Premiere — Woodstock Film Festival
Q&A w/Director

Woodstock, NY

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 11, 2014, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Twin Cities Black Film Festival
Q&A w/Director via Skype

Minneapolis, MN

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 11, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Kansas International Film Festival

Overland Park, KS

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 10, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Hot Springs, AR

More Information and Tickets: Here


October 2, 2014, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Edmonton International Film Festival

Edmonton, Canada

More Information and Tickets: Here


September 28, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Philadelphia, PA

More Information and Tickets: Here


September 27th, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Montreal International Black Film Festival

Montreal, Canada

More Information and Tickets: Here


September 21st, 2014, 6:30pm

Wine Country Film Festival
Followed by Q & A w/Be'chol Lashon

Glen Ellen, CA


To purchase tickets call: 707.935.3456.

Tickets may be purchased online as of Wednesday, September 10th


More Information: Here


August 19th, 2014, 6:15pm
August 20th, 2014, 8:15pm

Black Harvest Film Festival
Followed by Q & A with Director via Skype

Chicago, IL

More Information: Here


August 9th, 2014, 3:00pm

San Rafael Film Center

San Rafael, CA

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August 7th, 2014, 7:00pm

The New Parkway Theatre
Followed by Q & A with Be'chol Lashon

Oakland, CA

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August 6th, 2014, 4:00pm

Martha's Vineyard African American
Film Festival
Followed by Q & A with Director

Martha's Vineyard, MA

More Information: Here


August 4th, 2014, 6:40pm

California Theatre
Followed by Q & A with Director
& Be'chol Lashon Reception

Berkeley, CA

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August 3rd, 2014, 7:00pm

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Followed by Q & A with Director
& Cocktail Reception

San Francisco, CA

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August 2nd, 2014, 3:00pm

BlackStar Film Festival
Followed by Q & A with Director

Philadelpia, PA

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July 29th, 2014, 5:00pm

Woodshole Film Festival
Followed by Q & A with Director

Cape Cod, MA

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