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  • Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

    April 29, 2016 | 9:37 am

    Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta.

    The three-day event, which ended Wednesday at the offices of Casablanca’s SOC club, featured three films about the...

  • London theater will host Jewish film fest after all

    August 15, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    A London theater that refused to host a Jewish film festival because of the event’s Israeli government funding has reversed course.

    The Tricycle Theatre decided to continue serving as a venue for the UK Jewish Film Festival after the theater’s initial refusal earlier this month...

  • Mid-East politics at Israel’s Jerusalem International Film Festival

    July 30, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Speaking at the July 10 opening ceremony of this year’s Jerusalem International Film Festival, which was moved at the last minute from the outdoor Sultan’s Pool venue to protect guests from Hamas rockets, the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, a former high-tech entrepreneur in a...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 18, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Barbie and Ken tour Israel

    Enrico Pescantini and Maria Giovanna Callea vacationed in Israel this past August. Like any other tourists, they visited Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem , the Dead Sea, and all the rest of Israel's best. However, the Italian couple did get some weird looks when...

  • Israel Film Festival and Hollywood: A match made in Heaven

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    By now it has become a celebrated fact that the Israeli creative industry is in the throes of a modern renaissance. This makes the annual Israel Film Festival — set to roll out the red carpet for its 27th year next March — a gift to Los Angeles and its two-week film program an...

  • Tel Aviv’s Docaviv film festival tackles tough issues with style

    May 7, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Docaviv, Tel Aviv’s annual international documentary film festival, kicked off on May 3 with a moonlit ceremony at the newly renovated seafront promenade. The event was followed by a beachfront screening of the festival opener, “Never Sorry,” the Sundance decorated portrait of...

  • Israeli movie, director win at Buenos Aires film fest

    April 24, 2012 | 10:16 am

    “Policeman” was named best film at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival—the first time an Israeli film has been recognized there.

    Director Nadav Lapid also won in the Best Director category at the 14th edition of the festival, which ended April 22. It was the first time in...

  • ‘The Surrogate’ sells at Sundance—for $6 million!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 24, 2012 | 6:31 pm

    When I spoke to filmmaker Ben Lewin of “The Surrogate” recently, he said he was “cautiously optimistic” and more than a bit cynical about his film’s chances at the Sundance Film Festival, but turns out he need not have worried.  His fact-based movie—about a paralyzed...

  • Israeli director Cedars awarded at Cannes

    May 23, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Israeli director Joseph Cedars won the best screenplay award at the Cannes film festival for his movie “Footnote.”

    The director, whose film “Beaufort” was nominated for an Oscar in 2007, had already left Cannes on Sunday and was called back to receive his prize. He did not return in...

  • S.F. film festival to honor Kirk Douglas

    April 27, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Kirk Douglas will be honored at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this summer.

    Douglas, 94, is expected to attend the July 23 festival to receive the Freedom of Expression award at a special 50th anniversary showing of “Spartacus.”

    The actor, born Issur Danielovitch,...

  • ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ keeps soldiers’ story alive

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    When Israel fought its War of Independence, there were no embedded TV cameramen, and even combat newsreel photographers were practically nonexistent. The newly created state had more important matters to worry about.

    More surprisingly, there have been hardly any movies celebrating...

  • Jane Fonda responds to Toronto backlash

    September 14, 2009 | 8:08 pm

    Follow our complete coverage of the Toronto Film Festival boycotts on our Hollywood Jew blog.

    Reposted with permission of Jane Fonda

    I recently signed a letter protesting the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to showcase and celebrate Tel Aviv. This in the very year...

  • Protest sparked over Toronto Film Festival’s focus on Tel Aviv

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 3, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    The Toronto International Film Festival may not be a friendly place for the Israeli filmmakers invited to screen their films there next week. What began as one filmmaker withdrawing his work in protest of the festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv, is fast becoming a full-fledged boycott....

  • Rabbi at the Canneas Film Festival?

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 20, 2009 | 4:23 pm

    by Rabbi Mendel Schwartz

    As my plane entered its final approach over Nice Airport, all I could see was spectacular, crystal turquoise water. Further along the horizon were the beautiful mountains and the glistening French Riviera.

    I was off grabbing a cab from the airport to the...

  • Habonim spirit influences work of director Mike Leigh in ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2008 | 1:46 am

    Director Mike Leigh may be known as a bit of a curmudgeon, but he refuses to see his new film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," which revolves around a relentlessly optimistic teacher, as a departure.

    The 65-year-old British writer-director is famous for gritty realism in movies such as "Naked,"...

  • Natalie Portman honored at Venice Film Festival for humanitarian work

    By The Web Guy

    September 1, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    VENICE— Natalie Portman has been honored with the first Movie for Humanity Award at the Venice Film Festival, according to news reports.

    Portman, 27, is the first recipient for the award, given to film artists devoted to humanitarian causes. As part of the special accolade, she also...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for June 14-20

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    SAT | JUNE 14


    If you could create the perfect Father's Day event, it would probably include action movies, sports and live entertainment, right? The Golden State Pops http://www.gspo.com.


    Young professionals in their 20s and 30s are revving up for a...

  • Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival put focus on social justice—and secrets

    By Amy Klein

    May 29, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Critics and audiences alike can try to search for a political message in the 23rd Israeli Film Festival's premiere films.

    It's not easy being apolitical when it comes to Israeli films -- films that foreign audiences often view through the prism of the Israel-Palestinian/Middle East...

  • Stars expected to shine at Israel Film Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Adam Sandler and Borat (a.k.a. Sacha Baron Cohen) turned out to fete the Israel Film Festival last year, and more celebrity surprise guests are expected to speak at the gala dinner kicking off the 2008 festival June 12-26 (honorees include ICM's Jeffrey Berg).

    It's a sign of just...

  • History plays a role in Festival selections

    By Meredith Price

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    From the titles alone, one might guess that this year's documentaries at the 23rd Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles have something to do with Israeli history. Indeed, according to Meir Fenigstein, the founder and executive director of the festival, who is a Tel Aviv native, this...
  • VIDEO: It’s Not Fair - Let The Jews In Hollywood!

    February 15, 2008 | 9:49 pm

    Someone named grossdog1 posted this video on YouTube during the Writer’s Strike.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.


  • The Bighearted Showbiz Dealmaker

    By Gaby Friedman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Once, when Bernie Brillstein's career as a Hollywood manager was already so well established that people tried to hustle him, rather than the other way around, Lorne Michaels sent Bernie a gift.

    The present was a Langdon Clay photograph of Broadway near 42nd Street in New York, a...

  • Community Briefs

    By Idan Ivri

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Travel Penalty Ends

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that seeks to bar life insurance companies from penalizing travelers who visit Israel and other countries commonly perceived as dangerous.

    The states of Washington, New York and Illinois have similar legislation...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, September 17

    Jews of the LBC rejoice as they finally get a film fest all their own. The first Long Beach Jewish Film Festival will be held today and tomorrow, thanks to the support of the Alpert JCC and the Cal State Long Beach Jewish studies program. The lineup...

  • Fest Sheds Light on Sephardic Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Neil Sheff trekked up and down Rodeo Drive with a film crew, he received surprising answers to his man-in-the-street question, "What is Sephardic Jewry?"

    "One person thought it had to do with going on safari," said Sheff, 42, co-founder of the Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film...

  • How to Pick a Film That Translates

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    How do you plan an Israeli film festival to screen in American cities? Very carefully, according to Paul Fagen, program director of the 20th annual Israel Film Festival.

    Although the event kicks off April 29, his work actually began late last year, when he and festival founder Meir...

  • Chicks in Flicks Play Big Role in Israel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just as Charlize Theron had her "Monster," Ayelet July Zurer has "Nina's Tragedies," the opening night film of this year's Israel Film Festival.

    A year and a half ago, Zurer, like Theron, was a 20-something actress who had done some modeling -- in her case, in TV commercials --...

  • Israel’s New Wave Brings Diverse Voices, Stories to Screen

    By Dan Fainaru

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Fresh winds are blowing through the Israeli cinema these days.

    The change is apparent, particularly on the international scene -- which never had much time for the typical parochial Israeli productions that couldn't possibly interest anyone outside their own hometown.

    In the course...

  • Behind the Festival: Poogy the Producer

    By Amy Klein

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    How do you go from being a member of one of Israel's most popular bands to being the creator of a vibrant film festival in America?

    Well, the story is a long one, and if you've got some time, Meir Fenigstein will be sure to tell it to you. But on the eve of the 20th anniversary of...

  • Sephardic ‘Luck’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Neil Sheff was shocked to find himself something of a celebrity at a conference of North American Jewish film festival directors a couple years ago. Of the 75 festivals in the United States and Canada, his Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival is the only one dedicated to showcasing...

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