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Saturday, November 18, 2017
The film "Call Me By Your Name" features Jewish main characters and will screen opening night during the Miami Film Festival's mini-fest, GEMS 2017. The film makes its Florida premiere on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Miami-Dade College's Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St. in Miami. The film is directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino , written by James Ivory...

2017 Mandel JCC Jewish FilmFest kicks off Thursday

The 11th annual Mandel Jewish Community Center FilmFest will run from Thursday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 17. The international festival will feature 19 full-length features and five short films. This year's films will have an emphasis on the Holocaust and Holocaust-related projects, according to JCC arts and culture director Deborah Bobrow, who has been with the Mandel JCC for 18...
Tayere khaverim (Dear Friends), The recently released and critically acclaimed Yiddish movie “Menashe” is coming to San Diego! Don’t worry (too much) - the movie has English subtitles. YAAANA is organizing a gathering (kum zits!) to watch “Menashe” on Saturday, August 19th, at 7.35 p.m.  After the screening, we will meet in one of the nearby cafes for a coffee klatch about...
The powerful, eye-opening and moving drama "Menashe" that's set in a New York Hasidic community is scheduled to open in movie theaters across Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties on Aug. 18. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the few movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, "Menashe"...
My experience of comedians is that they’re rarely funny to meet. I’ve interviewed Ben Stiller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Ricky Gervais, Rob Schneider, Robin Williams and Woody Allen, and they were all interesting, intelligent individuals, but not exactly a barrel of laughs. Now, thanks to the Princeton-born Jewish comedian/writer/actor/filmmaker Michael Showalter, I know why. “They are less inclined to want to be...
Five – this is the number of films that will be screened as part of the fourth annual Jewish Film Festival in Albuquerque, beginning Thursday, July 20. And each one of the films will have a universal theme. “Since we’re featuring cinema from around the world and so forth, we want to create an in-depth cultural experience,” says Phyllis Wolf, director...

Film review: ‘Menashe’

“Menashe” is a rarity among American indies: a foreign-language film set in the middle of urban New York City (technically, Borough Park, Brooklyn). Apart from a few lines of English, and a few more in Spanish, the vast majority of the dialogue is in Yiddish, as spoken by the Orthodox Jewish community the movie depicts. Naturally, language alone will...
The story of a Holocaust survivor who today shares his Berkeley home with the granddaughter of unrepentant members of the Nazi Party will be told next week during a screening of the film “Near Normal Man” at Modesto’s Congregation Beth Shalom. The CBS screening will be held on June 25; the event is open to the public. “Near Normal Man” is...
he original Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” premiered on June 4, and the first episode is free to view on the Showtime website. It’s the 1970s and the action centers around a Hollywood comedy club, Goldie’s, which is modeled a great deal after the Los Angeles Comedy Store, which was founded by Mitzi Shore, 86, who is the mother of comedian...

The best Jewish, Israeli films of 2017 so far

First rule of screenwriting, whether you are doing a fiction film or a documentary: Without conflict there is no story. Perhaps that is why Jewish-themed movies are so often effective. We are in conflict with someone almost constantly. Not unexpectedly, there are certain schisms within the Jewish world, between Jews and non-Jews but equally between different groupings within Judaism, that...

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