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  • Movie on pedophile priest puts a face on evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In October 2004, journalist Amy Berg cold-called a defrocked priest she has nicknamed the "Hannibal Lecter of pedophiles." While serving Central California parishes in the 1970s and '80s, the Rev. Oliver O'Grady allegedly molested dozens of children -- boys and girls, infants and...
  • Will kill for laughs

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Comics, that gifted, exclusive society of professional fools." -- Larry Gelbart in his book, "Laughing Matters"
     
    Stand-up comic Mark Schiff is sitting in his tiny office on Pico, near the Museum of Tolerance, talking about the time he played the Knesset.
     
    "I pointed to the...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 5, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are...
  • A Jew,  a Catholic and a film crew walk into a born-again summer camp

    By Jean Oppenheimer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What are a secular Jew and a lapsed Catholic doing making a film about born-again Christians?

    "We were interested in exploring children and faith," explained Rachel Grady, co-director of "Jesus Camp," a documentary about a summer program at which evangelical children are taught to...
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  • Films:  just what made Adolf run?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Since the Fuehrer took over Germany in 1933, hundreds of feature films, TV miniseries and documentaries have tried to answer the question: Just What Made Adolf Run?
     
    One of the more useful -- and odder -- examples is "Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler," which won the 1962...
  • Rosenbergs’ Granddaughter Tackles Washington ‘Hill’

    By Ivor Davis

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What do you do for an encore when your first work is a powerful, heart-wrenching documentary about the life of your notorious grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg?

    The Rosenbergs were executed for spying for the Soviet Union in June 1953. Their personal story was told 51 years...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 19th

    Now extended through Sept. 30 is the Marvin Chernoff play, "Chaim's Love Song." In it, a 74-year-old Jewish man tells his life stories, tall tales and musings to a young blonde Iowan girl, whom he meets on a Brooklyn park bench.

    Lonny Chapman Group Repertory...

  • Shedding Light on a Dark ‘Rising’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The film "City of God" shed light on a long-neglected subject, the Third World conditions and inescapable warfare existing in Rio de Janeiro's slums. Now comes "Favela Rising," a documentary that not only limns the tragedy of the favelas, the Brazilian ghettoes, but also tells the...
  • Students Draw on Movie for Tolerance Mural Inspiration

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Oscar de la Hoyer Animo Charter High School

    In a hallway of Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in downtown Los Angeles, a three-part canvas mural covers a wall, portraying the transformation of society from one plagued by hate to one free of it.

    The mural's creators are at-risk Latino high school students who spent...

  • Spectator - The Woman Who Fought the Tigers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Helene Klodawsky remembers how her survivor mother and girlfriends stayed up all night, laughing and crying as they recounted their Holocaust experiences over cigarettes and coffee.

    "I became consumed with questions about women and war," the 50-year-old Canadian filmmaker said.

    Her...

  • Brain-Busting Doc, Eight Letters

    By Morris Newman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The cult status of The New York Times Crossword puzzle is the subject of "Wordplay," an uneven but entertaining documentary by director Patrick Creadon about the people who design the fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles for The Times and the gifted eccentrics who devote their...

  • Nazi’s Child, Victim Share ‘Inheritance’

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Monika Hertwig was 1 year old when her father, Amon Goeth, was hanged as a war criminal in 1946, after a trial by a Polish court.

    Goeth, memorably portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Steven Spielberg's movie "Schindler's List," was the sadistic SS commandant of the Plaszow forced-labor and...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, June 3

    Left-leaning readers will appreciate tonight’s show featuring political commentary. “Laughing Liberally” is in town for just one night, after a successful February debut at New York City’s Town Hall. Attend to hear comedians/commentators Will Durst, Jim David,...

  • Quartet of Movies to Tell Pearl’s Story

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Filmmakers are currently wrestling with four different projects to document or dramatize the story of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter beheaded by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in early 2002, leaving behind a pregnant wife.

    Pearl's life and tragic death would seem a...

  • Shlub to Hero: Film Sketches Gehry Life

    By Morris Newman

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "He starts out with that," says Barry Diller, alluding to a squiggle-like drawing in the new documentary, "Sketches of Frank Gehry," and "he ends up with this," pointing to a model of the InterActive Corp. (IAC) Building, currently under construction in Manhattan. Although made...

  • My Yiddische Mama

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What if famous people had Jewish mothers?

    That's the subject of a one-minute Internet film from Aish.com, the Web site of Aish Hatorah, the religious outreach organization based in Israel with branch offices around the world, including Los Angeles.

    The one minute "film" -- it's...

  • Film Paints Picture of Witty Polish Artist

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was recently watching "When Do We Eat?" an otherwise forgettable movie about a disastrous Passover family reunion, when the setting of the seder table suddenly evoked some haunting memories.

    Sure enough, the credits noted that the scenes were based on illustrations from the late...

  • Spectator - More Than Hocus Pocus

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Todd Felderstein's documentary, "MAGIC(S)," a Palestinian boy lies listless in a Jerusalem hospital, a tracheotomy tube affixed to his throat. But he perks up when Michael Tulkoff, a.k.a. "Magic Michael," arrives and pulls toy flutes from his violin case full of tricks. The...

  • Filming on Babi Yar Genocide Underway

    By Yulianna Vilkos

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A new Holocaust documentary, co-produced by the Los Angeles-based Shoah Foundation, is being filmed in Ukraine and targeted mainly toward a Ukranian and Russian audience. The film should be completed by September, in time for the 65th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre.

    The...

  • Spectator - Spin-Doctors of the Revolution

    By Steven Rosen

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Boynton, director of the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis," was excited when she first learned that American political consultants export their work globally.

    While a student at Columbia School of Journalism, she saw a film about the history of 20th century nonviolent...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 15

    The bread don’t rise, but spirits may. Two events tonight focus on Passover through music and comedy. Celebrate Chol Hamoed Pesach at Stephen S. Wise Temple with this evening’s “Let My People Sing” series event, “Tears, Laughter and Spirit.” Comedian Joel...

  • Pirates Plunder, Family Fumbles at Fest

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival runs April 1-6 at a variety of venues around town. Below are the reviews for two of the films.

    "Edelweiss Pirates"

    It may seem obligatory to show a Holocaust-themed film at a Jewish Film Festival, but "Edelweiss Pirates" is by no means standard...

  • At ‘Beauty’ School, Looks Could Kill

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Liz Mermin flew to Afghanistan to shoot her documentary, "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" in 2003, she was consumed by dread. Never mind that she had previously trailed abortion doctors dodging murderous pro-lifers for her film, "On Hostile Ground."

    Now she was heading for even...

  • Vintage Israeli posters, MethodFest, ‘Bush Is Bad’

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 29, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 31st

    Theater with a historical lesson comes to The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, with the guest production of "Black and Bluestein." The dramedy written by Jerry Mayer takes place in early '60s St. Louis, and tells the story of Jewish homeowner Jeff Bluestein...

  • New Valley Festival Accentuates ‘Festive’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the heart of Los Angeles' Jewish community lies a paradox. As the community grows and spreads into different areas in the Southland, can it still be a community? It is this very question that Hilary Helstein, executive director of the latest incarnation of the Los Angeles Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sasha Sparkles

    Superskater and silver Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen lit up the runway recently at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event in Beverly Hills. It was a night of chowing down on yummy foods and stargazing as the Rodeo Drive Committee celebrated the illustrious careers of...

  • Israeli Producer’s Election-Day Risk

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's little more than a week to the airdate, March 28, and Ofra Bikel is still putting the final touches on her hourlong documentary, "Israel: The Unexpected Candidate."

    That's not like Bikel, a meticulous professional, described by critic Howard Rosenberg in the Los Angeles Times as...

  • ‘Paper Clips’ Continues to Link Crowds

    By Meira Held

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until recently, the riveting and much-acclaimed 2004 documentary, "Paper Clips" -- which chronicles the attempt by the small, rural town of Whitwell, Tenn., to educate its students about the enormous number of Jews killed in the Holocaust -- could be seen mostly at special screenings...

  • Director Pays Price in Making ‘Capote’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Truman Capote, the legendary writer and subject of the eponymous Sony Pictures Classics release that has been nominated for five Academy Awards, spent six years writing "In Cold Blood," the book that would cement his literary legacy while also leading to his spiritual downfall.

    If...

  • The Day a New Terrorism Was Born

    By Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The modern era of global terrorism was launched on Sept. 6, 1970, when Palestinian hijackers tried to seize four commercial airliners bound for New York and land them at a remote landing strip in the Jordanian desert.

    Until Sept. 11, the date was known as "the blackest day in...

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