If all you knew about composer George Gershwin washis body of work -- "An American in Paris," "Rhapsody in Blue,""Porgy and Bess," plus countless enduring melodies -- you would thinkhe lived to a ripe old age. But, in fact, the musical legend was only38 when he died.
Jewish roots in predominantly Catholic Poland can be traced back to the 11th century. But when an estimated 88 percentof the 3.3 million Jews in Poland died in the Holocaust, the country's thriving Yiddish theater, literature and culture ceased to exist as well.
Makers of short films routinely encounter the difficulty of getting their movies seen by an audience greater than their parents, cast and crew. But the makers of "Visas and Virtues"have had better luck than most.
Like the priest in her latest movie, director Lesli Linka Glatter is finding her own faith.
Set in aristocratic 1930s Boston, "The Proposition" stars William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe as Arthur and Eleanor Barrett, an infertile couple who go to extreme measures to conceive. They employ the services of Neil Patrick Harris (yes,"Doogie Howser" himself), who falls in love with Eleanor. The situation leads to murder as the Barretts try to avoid a humiliating scandal, and Eleanor seeks comfort in the arms of Father McKinnon(Kenneth Branagh), a young priest new to the local parish.
Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC, CalArts, Loyola Marymount and the AmericanFilm Institute. Ranging in length from three to 32 minutes, theentries include dramas, documentaries and animation.
The sixth annual Pan African Film Festival, the largest U.S.festival dedicated to black cinema, will exhibit more than 60features, shorts and documentaries from across North America, Africa,Europe and the South Pacific. Of particular interest to the Jewishcommunity is the documentary "Blacks and Jews," which examines theissues confronting both groups by telling five contemporary stories:a West Indian man who saves the life of a Chassid in Crown Heights atthe peak of the 1991 riots; a conflict between black home buyers andJewish real estate speculators in a Chicago neighborhood; one man'sjourney through the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan's anti-Semitism;stereotypes about Jewish control of Hollywood; and themuch-publicized Oakland high school students who were kicked out of ascreening of "Schindler's List."
"Perfect Love," one of the Los Angeles premieres at the Cinematheque this month.
Notes from a visit with a senior class: After seeing friends and peers smoking marijuana and using other drugs , students at Shalhevet High School didn't wait for their parents or teachers to educate them about the harmful effects of narcotics. Instead, they undertook the challenge themselves. "We were obligated.... Something had to be done," said Brian Orgen, president of this year's graduating class.