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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Henry Jaglom discusses ‘Just 45 Minutes from Broadway’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Q:  What was the impetus for the story?

    A:  I’ve always been fascinated by theater people, and by the fact of my being Jewish, and those two things together led me to explore something that I’d never had any personal experience with, which is the Yiddish theater.

    Not only do I... read on

  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as... read on

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