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  • Will ‘Weiner’ documentary hurt Huma Abedin?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 19, 2016 | 12:08 pm

    It may come as no surprise that the most interesting character in the documentary “Weiner” is not its titular character, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (though he continues to titillate), but rather his exotic wife, Huma Abedin.

    Just before the film premiered at the Sundance...

  • Israeli film in Arabic takes world prize at Sundance

    February 1, 2016 | 3:21 pm

    The Arabic-language Israeli film “Sand Storm” won the top prize for a foreign film at the Sundance Film Festival.

    The film took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night. Written and directed by a Jewish-Israeli, Elite Zexer, “Sand Storm” was making its debut at the...

  • At Sundance, ‘The Settlers’ trains lens on movement’s extremist fringe

    January 29, 2016 | 10:08 am

    What is a settler?

    That’s the question that opens the new documentary film “The Settlers,” which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival here.

    Written and directed by Shimon Dotan, the film offers an answer almost immediately: a religious fundamentalist driven by...

  • Under ‘The Skinny’: Sundance introduces new comedy about bulimia

    By Melissa Weller

    January 28, 2016 | 9:52 pm

    When someone mentions eating disorders, what comes to mind? 

    Is it salads? Laxatives? Karen Carpenter? Maybe a high-cheeked supermodel walking the runway for New York Fashion Week? Or Victoria’s Secret’s youngest set of bony hips, lying on the shores of Ibiza in a low-rise...

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  • Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama

    January 27, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance does not suggest the savage intensity of his films.

    Kleiman, 29, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, made his...

  • 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...

  • 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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