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Nomi's Bat Mitzvah

TITLE: Nomi's Bat Mitzvah
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jessica Sharzer / Jain Madhurika
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 13 minutes in 16mm
SOURCE: jessicasharzer@hotmail.com (718) 935-0908
TEXT: As seen at the Williamburg Brooklyn Film Fest, May 2000. A sentimental comedy about what it means to become a woman. On the one had there is the family ritual and all the trappings of femininity. On the other hand, there are the boys; new strange and fascinating. Finally, there is one's own definition of growing up. (NYU Film School)

The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy

TITLE: The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Bob Hercules / Bruce Orenstein
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 56 in Beta
SOURCE: itvs@itvs.ORG ITVS-Caroline Libresco (415) 356 8383 extension 226
TEXT: Seen at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Fest, May 2000. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, this documentary is on Saul Alinsky, the legendary community organizer, and author of such classics as Reveille for Radicals. From the 1930's Depression to his death in 1972, he led movements to empower the poor and disenfranchised.

The Sorrow and The Pity

TITLE: the Sorrow and The Pity
YEAR: 1971
DIR/PROD: Marcel Ophuls
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 270 minutes
SOURCE: visit Milestonefilms.com or contact Milestone Films at POB 128, harrington park NJ 07640-0128 (201) 767-3117. Watch for a video release in December 5, 2000.
TEXT: new prints are subtitled. The acclaimed documentary that investigates how one French town of Auvergne reacted to the Nazi occupation. The mother and father of modern documentaries. Auvergne is 240 miles from Paris, but 37 from Vichy. The film uncovers the population's anti-Semitism, reaction to Occupation, and even the schisms within the Resistance movement. This blew the lid off the French myth that they were all noble members of the Resistance.

Young Doctor Freud

TITLE: Young Dr Freud
YEAR: 1976
DIR/PROD: Alex Corti
COUNTRY: Austria
LANGUAGE: german and french w/ English St
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Film Forum
TEXT: the life of Sigmund Freud, with an interviewer posing question to his character throughout the film, as if the narrator is the therapist

STRAIGHTMAN

TITLE: STRAIGHTMAN
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Ben Berkowitz
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 101 min in 16mm
SOURCE: Benzfilm, POB 5161 Chicago IL 60680 313.399 3897 Fax 773.862.7569 benzfilm@aol.com
TEXT: Straightman is a remarkable film about the difficulties of navigating friendships and love between men. David is a womanizing glutton and Jewish comedian unable to identify with his cultural background. Jack, his best friend, is a blue-collar guy struggling with his emerging gay identity. When Jack finally decides to come out to his friend they are forced to question the authenticity of their lives and how they relate to each other. Jack begins to slowly integrate his sexuality in to all areas of his life, leading to conflict with David who fails to treat Jack's relationships with men as seriously as his relationships with women. Adopting a semi-improvisational acting style, the filmmakers, playing the characters of Jack and David, imbue the film with an immediacy and realism that effectively capture the shifting dynamics of their relationship. A perceptive and original film, Straightman tackles the complex issue of male friendships in a way that will strike a chord with men of all orientations.

BUT I WAS A GIRL THE STORY OF FREIDA BELINFANTE

TITLE: BUT I WAS A GIRL: THE STORY OF FREIDA BELINFANTE (MAAR IK WAS EEN MEISJE (HET VERHAAL VAN FRIEDA))
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Toni Boumans
COUNTRY: Netherlands
LANGUAGE: Dutch w/ English ST
TIME: 68 minutes on video
SOURCE: Tom Hyland, Icarus Films, 153 Waverly Place, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10014 212.727.1711 fax: 212.255.7923, Email Mail@frif.com or see www.frid.com
TEXT: A dapper butch with prodigious musical talent, Frieda Belinfante cut quite a figure in 1930s Amsterdam. Born into a musical family to a Jewish father and Christian mother, Belinfante was the first woman to have her own symphony orchestra, first in Holland and later in Orange County California. When her promising career was cut short by the German occupation, Belinfante became active in the Resistance and helped many Jews escape from the Nazi-controlled Netherlands before fleeing to Switzerland and finally to America. In this lovely documentary, Belinfante's childhood home movies are poetically projected onto various surfaces in her study as her life story movingly unfolds. Intertwoven are clips of archival footage from war torn Europe and a recording of her final concert in Orange County.

Luminarias

TITLE: Luminarias
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jose Luis Valenzuela / Sal Lopez
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: www.sleepinggiantproductions.com and newlatin.com
TEXT: Andrea (Evelina Fernandez) is a young Mexican American woman living in Los Angeles. She is divorcing her good-for-nothing, cheating husband, when she meets a new suitor, a nice Jewish white Anglo lawyer, Joseph (Scott Bakula). How can she go out with a white guy, let alone someone who does not believe in Jesus? Andrea and three of her friends meet each week to dish and drink margaritas. Also stars Cheech Marin, Angela Moya, Marta DuBois, and Dyana Ortelli.

The Rock and The Star

TITLE: The Rock and the Star
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Katia Mesel
COUNTRY: Brazil
LANGUAGE: Portuguese and English
TIME: unknown
SOURCE: unknown
TEXT: In production. A documentary that will examine the Jewish community of Recife Brazil under the Dutch, prior to the takeover by the Portuguese Colonizers and their Inquisition. In the Year 2000, brazil's Jewish population is about 170,000, in a country of 170 million. Many of the Jews who settled in Brazil in the 1500's were marranos. By 1590, the Inquisition came to brazil to persecute the new Christians. So when the Dutch seized Pernambuco and Recife, many Jews fled to Recife. By 1630, there were 1500 Jews in Recife, about 10% of the population, and over 50% of the free white civilians. In 1654, the Portuguese captured Recife from the Dutch, which caused an additional dispersion of the Jews. 23 of these Jews, fleeing to Amsterdam, were captured by Spanish pirates, freed by the French, and ended up in New Amsterdam (NYC), where Petr Stuyvesant, the governor, asked that these vile Jews not be allowed to settle in Manhattan.

In My Secrecy

TITLE: In My Secrecy
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Jonathan Wald
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 8 minutes in 16mm
SOURCE: jwald@ucla.edu
TEXT: A short film about a Jewish nuclear family and 11 year old Isaac, who is terrified when his sister discovers him in a transgressive act. If Isaac gets a bar mitzvah, his sister wants a horse.

Children of Shatila

TITLE: Children of Shatila
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Mai Masri
COUNTRY: Lebanon
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 50m video documentary
SOURCE: info@arabfilm.com www.arabfilm.com John Sinno, 2417 10th Avenue East, Seattle WA 98102 206.322.0882
TEXT: The children of the Shatila refugee camp attempt to come to terms with the exile of their grandparents in 1948. The film focuses on the lives of two palestinian children, Farah, age 11, and Issa, age 12. They are given video cameras to show their daily lives. Through their personal stories, hopes, and emotions we learn about the Shatila camp.

Naim and Wadee'a

TITLE: Naim and Waee'a
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Najwa Najjar
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 20 minute video
SOURCE: Ustura Films, POB 19525, East Jerusalem, Israel Tel: 011-972-2960485. Ustura@netvision.net.il
TEXT: With archival footage of Jaffa/Yafo in the 1930's and 1940's, Naim and Wadee'a explores the social life of an upper middle class Palestinian couple who were forced from their home in 1948. Their 3 daughters do the voice over and recount their story.

The Jahalin

TITLE: The Jahalin
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Talya Ezrabi and Lewie Kerr
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 29m video
SOURCE: talyae@hotmail.com 5 St Olaves House, Walnut Tree Walk, London se11 6dp UK Tel: 011 44 171 735 3107
TEXT: A young Israeli woman travels into the West bank to meet a Bedouin family that live in the hills around Jerusalem. She documents their life and what they see as encorachment from the growing Israeli town of Maale Adumim. They are moved to a fenced in site bordering Jerusalem's largest garbage dump.

Live Free or Die

TITLE: Live Free or Die
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 70m
SOURCE: paradise1@mindspring.com Paradise Productions 462 Broadway Suite 520 New York, NY 10013 Tel: 212.226.1286
TEXT: In a small New England town a doctor practices medicine. An OBGYN, Dr Wayne Goldner, has delivered 2500 babies, but he also provides legal abortion services to pregnant women. The filmmakers follow him for an entire year. Goldner is seen fighting the merger of two hospitals, one Catholic, which wiuld restrict abortion services in the region. Anti abortion protesters are filmed picketing Goldners office, home, and even the junio high school at which he teaches sex education. The school board gets rid of the picketers by banning Dr Goldner from the school. The film follows the fight to have him reinstated.

Crush

TITLE: Crush
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Phillip J bartell
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 27 minutes on 16mm
SOURCE: crushfilm@aol.com crush2000.webjump.com
TEXT: 16 year old Robbie must move with his family to rural Illinois and work in the family store. He finds it hard to make friends since he is not into sports. A 12 year girl, Tina, forms a crush on him, since they both admire boy bands and a popular tv show about a hunky teen. When he tells her he isn't into girls, she is crushed, but then she decides to help him out by trying to set Robbie up with a local 17 year old classmate.

Dream Kitchen

TITLE: Dream Kitchen
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Barry Dingham
COUNTRY: Ireland
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 8 minutes in 16mm
SOURCE: forefrontfilms@sprintmail.com
TEXT: a young man fantasizes what it would be like if he lived in a more posh and understanding family. A fairy tale.

Curtain Number 2

TITLE: Curtain Number 2
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Oran Adler
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 7 minutes video
SOURCE: Check outfest.org
TEXT: TBA

The Shiva Call

TITLE: The Shiva Call
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: William Shatner
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: in development
TEXT: In development by William Shatner of Star Trek and Priceline fame. A comedy based on the drowning and overdose death of his wife in 1999, after which he sat Shiva. Two failing Hollywood veterans attend the shiva house of a power broker in order to pitch a project?

Cours Toujours (Dad on the Run)

TITLE: Cours Toujours (Dad on the Run)
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Dante Desarthes
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
TIME: 92 minutes 35mm
SOURCE: mk2 productions 55 rue traversiere paris 75012 France ymarchet@ mk2.com www. Mk2.com Tel: 331 44 67 30 11
TEXT: Set against the backdrop of the Pope's August 1997 visit to Paris, when tens of thousands of Catholic youth were mobilized, this screwball comedy rises to the level of religious allegory. Jonas (Clément Sibony) and Paco (Isaac Sharry) are best friends and professional Bar-Mitzvah entertainers. Paco, a volatile young man off-stage, croons in an outrageously romantic style, as if trying to seduce every woman in the audience while Jonas, more reserved, and in love with one woman, plays keyboards. After the birth of his first child, Jonas' stable world plunges into chaos. Because their family is of mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazi heritage, he and Julie (Marie Desgranges) are unsure of which ritual to observe for their son's circumcision. Finally, they decide to follow a North African custom and, three days after the bris, Jonas must bury the foreskin. Exhausted from a grueling Bar-Mitzvah performance, Jonas loses the precious bit of flesh in an attempt to bury it in a construction zone, and goes off on a wild chase through the city.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Golem

TITLE: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Golem
YEAR: 1997
DIR/PROD:Reena Katz
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 3 min video
SOURCE: Emaculate@ chickmail.com
TEXT: The Golem legend inspires a lesbian romance in a Toronto fish market.

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