Jewish Journal

Friday at DWF

By Joy Bennett

June 7, 2014 | 11:38 am

Stars and writer/directors Brandon Walter (left) and Kasi Brown of Gone Doggy Gone at Dances with Films screening

Friday was another great day at Dances with Films festival.  I saw... read on

  • Thursday at Dances with Films

    By Joy Bennett

    June 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Beth Moline, star of the film Efficiency screened at Dances with Films


    Yesterday was another exciting day at Dances with Films festival in Hollywood.  First, I attended an informative and very helpful panel called "Digital Explosion and Emerging Trends."  The filmmaking... read on

  • Another Day at Dances with Films

    By Joy Bennett

    June 4, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    Talented actors Dove Meir (left) and Natalie Shaw of the short film "Touch"

    Yesterday was another awesome day at Dances with Films festival in Hollywood.  First I attended a panel discussion about independent filmmaking, distribution and music rights, fascinating, very... read on

  • More at Dances with Films 2014

    By Joy Bennett

    June 1, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    Posters of some films featured at Dances with Films 2014


    Yesterday I returned for another day at Dances with Films film festival at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.  I was impressed with the overall quality and variety of both the short films and feature length films at... read on

  • Dances with Films Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    May 30, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    Opening Night of Dances with Films at Chinese Theaters, Hollywood

    Last night I was thrilled to attend the opening night ceremonies of Dances with Films, an outstanding film festival that focuses on "undiscovered, incredible talent" -- films by folks who truly love them.  This... read on

  • Folk Music Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    May 19, 2014 | 6:39 pm

    I drove out to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills yesterday to attend the 54th Annual Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest and Folk Music Festival.  Lots of fine musicians there in a lovely country setting.  I saw the excellent Suzie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band there, also pictured above.  For more information visit topangabanjofiddle.org.

  • One Small Hitch Film

    By Joy Bennett

    May 5, 2014 | 10:14 pm

    Laemmle's Royal Theatre, West Los Angeles


    Tonight I went to see another couple of films at the LA Jewish Film Festival.  The first was one of the best short films I've ever seen, The Man Who Buried His Own Leg.  Just three minutes long and absolutely perfect.  Then we saw... read on

  • Cupcakes Film

    By Joy Bennett

    May 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm


    Last night I saw a very sweet, fun film Cupcakes screened as part of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.  It was light, frothy, genuinely funny and original.  Directed by Israeli director Eytan Fox, the film is a musical comedy about a bunch of neighbors who spontaneously... read on

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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