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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    In the opening moments of “The Honorable Woman,” an eight-part series premiering on Sundance TV on July 31, the young Nessa Stein looks on as an assassin plunges sharp tongs into her father’s neck, splattering her face with blood.

    The action then fast-forwards to the same room in...

  • Hearts remarried

    November 13, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Marriage means so much, to all of us. Including to unmarried people. We all want to live paired up, don’t we? To die not alone? What’s sadder than a grave all by its lonesome? Two side by side, we feel we can protect each other through all eternity. 

    Marriage is also the inner...

  • Amy Ziering’s visible war against military rape

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2013 | 11:53 am

    On a rainy Saturday night in January, a small group of leaders from the worlds of entertainment, media and philanthropy gathered at the home of billionaire businessman Ron Burkle to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War.”

    For 97 minutes, the room was still....

  • Ravages, rape, Rodriguez and real estate

    June 13, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Once again, there is rich fare to be unearthed for the summer season, despite the glut of over-the-top and youth-oriented commercial product. Documentaries abound, some of which have intensely political or social implications, while others deal, in sleuth-like fashion, with searches...

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  • From Sundance to Jerusalem

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 11, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Alesia Weston, associate director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, where she has worked for the past nine years, will take over as executive director of the Jerusalem Film Center, known in Israel as the Cinematheque, in June. During her tenure at Sundance, Weston...

  • Ben Lewin’s ‘The Surrogate’ wins at Sundance, and beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Ben Lewin’s “The Surrogate” has taken two prizes at the Sundance Film Festival:  The Audience Award and the special jury prize for ensemble acting in the competition of United States dramatic films.

    The awards – and the sale of the film for $6 million to Fox Searchlight –...

  • ‘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...

  • Sundance: Helen Hunt as a sexual surrogate

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2012 | 12:18 am

    When “The Surrogate” has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, audiences will view Helen Hunt in her remarkable turn as Cheryl Cohen Greene, based on the real-life sexual surrogate who helped quadriplegic Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) lose his virginity back...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  His...

  • Israelis Win at 2011 Sundance Film Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 30, 2011 | 8:07 pm

    By Larry Mark

    Two Israeli filmmakers were among the official award recipients of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which ended today.

    Erez Kav-El won the award for best world cinema dramatic screenplay for his script for ”Restoration,” the only Israeli film in the official...

  • Sundance Film Festival:  A Jew’s View

    By Larry Mark

    January 21, 2011 | 10:24 am

    The 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, quietly opened yesterday with a press conference – but Jewish fare at the time seemed slim.

    Whereas last year’s festival included several films with Jewish themes,...

  • Sundance Wrapup:  A Shabbat Completed and A Film Unfinished

    By Larry Mark

    February 2, 2010 | 2:38 am

    Last Friday, the Sundance Institute hosted the third annual “Shabbot at Sundance” party in or patrons, filmmakers, community members… and me.  What started as a Friday evening dinner for 20 a few years ago has grown into a buffet, outreach, and mingling event for ten times that...

  • Live from Sundance:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt With Tattoos

    By Larry Mark

    February 1, 2010 | 5:35 pm

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is best known from his years as a teen actor on TV’s “3rd Rock from the Sun,” as well as the romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer” (now generating Oscar buzz), but he has been acting in films and commercials since growing up Jewish in Sherman Oaks, the son of...

  • Live at Sundance:  A Palestinian Woody Allen

    By Larry Mark

    January 31, 2010 | 1:01 am

    The tagline for “Fix ME,” a film from Palestine by Raed Andoni, is “Life in Ramallah… sure keeps us occupied!” An unusual departure for Palestinian cinema, “Fix ME” is a humor-filled documentary that focuses on the filmmaker, his anxieties, his life as an artist, and...

  • Live at Sundance:  The Fabulous Joan Rivers

    By Larry Mark

    January 28, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    Maybe it is the recession, or the new focus on Sundance’s rebellious roots, but there is a distinctive lack of popular swag in Park City in 2010.  But who needs a pair of boots, apparel, or trinkets, when a truly fabulous gem is in town: Joan Rivers.

    One of the hottest tickets at...

  • Live at Sundance:  Jesse Eisenberg as a Hasidic drug mule

    By Larry Mark

    January 27, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    The Ecstasy Without The Agony
    Bad Boy, Watcha Gonna Do When They Pray For You?

    Monday was like Rosh Hashana at the Sundance Film Festival.  Two of the most highly anticipated Jewish films had their world premieres to sold out audiences and standing ovations.  “Holy Rollers,”...

  • Live at Sundance:  James Franco Howls

    By Larry Mark

    January 23, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, it seems as if there are more films of interest to the Hebrew tribe this year than in the past, and as it so happens, the most prominent ones all start with the letter “H.”  They are: “Holy Rollers,” about Hasidic drug mules (more on this...

  • Day One at Sundance:  Live From Park City

    By Larry Mark

    January 21, 2010 | 11:36 pm

    My flight from New York City to Utah for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was overbooked and very bumpy.  Betty Davis was nowhere in sight.  Unlike yesterday’s U.S. Airways Express flight from NYC to Kentucky, on which the pilot became worried about a Jewish teenager wearing...

  • Obama’s Rabbi, Sundance Social Action Man, Tim Rutten, Shapiro Family

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 15, 2009 | 3:24 am

    Rabbi Funnye
    Rabbi Capers Funnye with Cantor
    Judy Greenfeld, the founder and
    spiritual leader of the Nachshon
    Minyan.

    Obama’s Rabbi Visits L.A.

    The man whom many are calling “Obama’s rabbi” paid a recent visit to Los Angeles to pray with local Jews. Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr., cousin to first...

  • Final Day at Sundance:  The Israelis

    By Larry Mark

    January 25, 2009 | 7:35 pm

    By Larry Mark

    Park City’s Main Street is now home to a hummus and nouvelle-Israeli cuisine restaurant, which was so filled each evening during Sundance, that one was unable to get a reservation prior to 9 p.m.  It had previously been located a few miles from the town center.  Main...

  • Day Seven at Sundance:  The Palestinians

    By Larry Mark

    January 23, 2009 | 3:17 am

    By Larry Mark

    On Thursday morning, I awoke early to watch the Oscar nominations, and grabbed a bagel at a Park City bagelry.  Yes, they have bagels everywhere now.  I also checked out two feature films with Palestinian themes: “Amreeka” and “Pomegranates and Myrrh,” which...

  • Day Six at Sundance:  Dating and Anti-Buzz

    By Larry Mark

    January 22, 2009 | 1:42 am

    By Larry Mark

    Whether it’s because of the inauguration or the economy, Park City seems eerily empty, the lines small, and the buzz relatively low.  In terms of anti-buzz, the rumor is that the comedy, “Manure,” had such a poor premiere that the scheduled press screening...

  • Day Four at Sundance:  Hollywood Shabbat

    By Larry Mark

    January 18, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    By Larry Mark

    As sundown came to Sundance on Friday evening, I prepared to trek over to the local synagogue, Temple Har Shalom, now ensconced in a beautiful new building, complete with a theater for Sundance’s use.  It was the weekend of parshat Shemot, the start of the Book of...

  • Day Three at Sundance:  Prickly Jews and Shabbat With Matisyahu

    By Larry Mark

    January 17, 2009 | 9:19 pm

    By Larry Mark

    My Friday at Sundance began with the premiere of “William Kunstler:  Disturbing the Universe,” a documentary by his two youngest daughters, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. William Kunstler was one of America’s most loved, and to many, the most hated, civil...

  • Day Two at Sundance:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Opening Night Jew

    By Larry Mark

    January 16, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    By Larry Mark

    The Sundance Film Festival 2009 opened on Thursday night with an Australian clay animation feature, “Mary and Max,” written and directed by Adam Elliot, a Sundance veteran and Oscar winner for best animated short in 2004.  “Mary and Max” features the voices of...

  • Day One at Sundance: Schmoozing With Robert Redford and Spike Lee

    By Larry Mark

    January 16, 2009 | 12:57 am

    By Larry Mark

    Greetings from Park City, Utah, where I arrived for my seventh (or is it my eighth?) visit to the Sundance Film Festival.  I can’t keep track of how many years I have come, but neither, apparently, can Robert Redford, the festival’s founder.  Speaking at the...

  • A Blizzard of Flicks for Jewish Eyes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the Sundance wintertime festival, which began Jan. 19 and runs through Jan. 29, Jewish viewers can check out a blizzard of flicks, including:

    Opening night film, "Friends With Money" (Jennifer Aniston, Jason Isaacs), spotlighting successful adults approaching midlife crisis. It's...

  • Leonard Cohen Film Toasts Songwriter

    By Steven Rosen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "He's the man who comes down from the mountaintop with tablets of stone," says U2's guitarist, The Edge, in "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary on Cohen, one of the greatest living songwriters, that is screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

    Comments on Cohen's many...

  • Two Dark Tales Illuminated at Sundance

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Martin Scorsese has famously influenced a whole generation of American filmmakers, from Abel Ferrara and Quentin Tarantino to Rob Weiss and Nick Gomez. But his influence is not limited to filmmakers in this country.

    One who has channeled the Gotham-based auteur, albeit...

  • Sunrise, Sundance, Swiftly Fly the Films

    By Amy Klein

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "When you're a falafel king/you're a falafel king all the way/from your first alef-bet/till your last dying day..." OK, maybe that's not exactly how the musical spoof, "West Bank Story," begins, but the short film indeed opens with a cadre of snapping dancers taking on the guys on...

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