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  • Persian-Jewish filmmaker tackles love and money in ‘Shah Bob’

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 24, 2015 | 10:55 am

    The film “Shah Bob” opens with Bob (Reza Sixo Safai) waking up in bed next to a beautiful woman. When Bob’s father (Parviz Sayyad) calls to ask Bob to check on some tenants who haven’t been paying rent, we quickly learn three things about Bob: He’s 40, a swinging bachelor, and he...

  • Closing Night at DWF

    By Joy Bennett

    June 9, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Laura Lamson and Eddie Jemison of King of Herrings film

    Last night sadly was the closing night at Dances with Films, an excellent film festival in Hollywood.  I saw the film King of Herrings and went to the Closing Night party.  Fun times, I'll be back next year!  More information can be found here:  danceswithfilms.com.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • NY International Film Festival—LA Edition

    By Joy Bennett

    September 20, 2013 | 4:36 am

    Opening Night of NYIFF - LA Edition, Sept. 18, 2013, photo by Joy Bennett

    Wednesday night I was thrilled to attend the Red Carpet Opening Night Event of the New York International Film Festival - LA Edition.  Friends invited me, and there I met lots of directors, filmmakers,...


    By Joy Bennett

    August 24, 2013 | 4:07 am

    Shot from Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, photo courtesy adoptfilms.net/harry

    If you’re a fan of Harry Dean Stanton (and who in their right mind isn’t?) you will enjoy a documentary coming out in Los Angeles on September 13th called Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction...

  • ‘The Rabbi’s Cat’ got your French tongue

    January 23, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    At only 41, Joann Sfar has enjoyed a meteoric rise in France, rocketing from cartoonist to filmmaker in short succession.

    Sephardi on his father’s side and Ashkenazi on his mother’s, Sfar created “The Rabbi’s Cat” graphic novels beginning in 2005— critical darlings, steeped in...

  • ‘Hammer’ Time — Again?

    January 2, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Everyone’s favorite certified circumcised private dick is poised for a big return.

    Nearly 10 years after “The Hebrew Hammer” hit theaters in 2003, there’s talk of a sequel featuring the titular Orthodox hero. Filmmaker Jonathan Kesselman, a native of Van Nuys, is eyeing a May...

  • Priest, born Jewish, is ‘Torn’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    In the opening scene of the documentary “Torn,” an official asks an elderly man for his name, and he replies, “Romuald-Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel.”

    This name encapsulates the fate of Jakub (Yankele) Weksler, born 1943 in Lublin, Poland, to Jewish parents during the Holocaust...