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  • Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ and the Holocaust-inspired Milgram Experiment [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 15, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Craig Zobel’s controversial new film “Compliance” revolves around a prank caller, impersonating a policeman, who manipulates employees at a fast food restaurant into sexually assaulting a co-worker—a plot based on dozens of jaw-dropping, real incidents that have occurred...

  • Polio survivor’s new film explores sexual surrogacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Nine years before Mark O’Brien died, the 36-year-old poet and journalist, who was also a polio survivor living in an iron lung, decided he wanted to lose his virginity. Until then, he’d always been ashamed of his sexuality, which he believed served no purpose save to mortify him...

  • 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 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...

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  • 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:  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...

  • Jewish themes on tap at Sundance festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "I never sold weed after high school -- I swear," said 31-year-old filmmaker Jonathan Levine.

    Instead, he said, "The Wackness," which revolves around a dealer who trades pot for therapy sessions (and premieres in competition at the Sundance Film Festival this week), was inspired by...

  • Israeli entry ‘Mud’ wins at Sundance

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Mud' Wins at Sundance

    Two Israeli films taking critical looks at the Jewish state's society and institutions have won major prizes at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah.

    "Sweet Mud," or "Adama Meshugaat" in Hebrew, a top-grossing film in Israel, follows a...

  • Spectator - Assimilation and a Blonde Doll

    By Steven Rosen

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain laughs when asked where she gets her finely honed sense of ironic humor. It comes with being Jewish, she explains -- a group whose number constitutes just one-quarter of 1 percent of the human race and thus makes getting along with others paramount.

    "You got...

  • Lost No More

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    French-Canadian director Léa Pool calls her latest movie a teenage-lesbian version of "Romeo and Juliet."

    In "Lost and Delirious," which opens today in Los Angeles, the star-crossed lovers are Tory (Jessica Pare) and Paulie (Piper Perabo of "Coyote Ugly"). The girls are roommates and...

  • ‘Believer’ Is a Winner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In our Jan. 26 issue, veteran screenwriter Henry Bean told The Journal he wasn't sure his provocative directorial debut, "The Believer," inspired by the true story of a Jewish Nazi, would be well-received at Sundance. He'd heard that distributors were wary of the controversial...

  • Jewish Themes at Sundance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Sundance Film Festival, that two-week industry schmooze-fest in Park City, Utah, was once more a launching pad for Jewish independent cinema.

    British playwright David Hare arrived for the world premiere of "Via Dolorosa," the filmed version of his acclaimed monologue about life in...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

    That's hardly big news in an industry with morethan a few Jewish members. What is news is that Jews were...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

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