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  • 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,...

  • HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION FILM

    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...

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  • 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...

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