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  • Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’ oozes into AFI Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 3, 2012 | 12:06 am

    Exploding heads, techno-genitals, mutant offspring, a humanoid fly. Such are some of the monstrous images in David Cronenberg’s early “body horror” films, a la “Videodrome,” “Scanners,” “The Brood” and, of course, 1986’s “The Fly, ” starring Jeff Goldblum. Now Cronenberg’s... read on

  • Susan Polis Schutz explores ‘Seeds of Resiliency’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    In Susan Polis Schutz’s documentary “Seeds of Resiliency,” which will screen at the Laemmle Theatres through Nov. 1, Mike Stevens, a father of young children in his early 40s, describes how he first responded to his diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer in 2005:  “I curled up in fetal... read on

  • The provocatively titled short film, ‘Jew’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 11, 2012 | 8:33 am

    The short film, “Jew,” has one of the bolder titles to cross my desk in recent years.  It’s downright provocative, which was filmmaker Josh Berger’s intention, he told me at the premiere of the 38-minute movie for some 200 viewers at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood... read on

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  • An exhibition of Iranian Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Talk of Iran these days tends to be about threats of the annihilation of Israel, the potential of nuclear weaponry and bellicose leaders. But before all that, over its almost 3,000-year history, Iran has had one of the deepest and richest artistic heritages of any place in the... read on

  • On Sukkot, honoring the homeless

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 27, 2012 | 11:14 am

    On a recent Wednesday morning, Stuart Perlman wore paint-splattered clothes as he loaded up his 1999 Infiniti with art supplies and cans of low-salt Progresso soup before heading out on a painting excursion to Venice Beach. Over the past two years, Perlman has been spending two... read on

  • Mother’s Holocaust trauma behind David Geffen’s reluctance to discuss Jewishness

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2012 | 10:34 am

    David Geffen, the notoriously press-shy billionaire Hollywood mogul, stared at me as if I had asked him to yank out a tooth. The setting was PBS’ summer 2012 press tour, on July 22, and Geffen was there to talk about the “American Masters” documentary, “Inventing David Geffen.” I... read on

  • Remembering ‘One day in September’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Just after Kevin Macdonald won the 2000 Academy Award for his searing documentary, "One Day in September," an expose on the Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, I spoke to him for two hours by phone from his home in the UK about the controversial film and how he got the... read on

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