LOOKING FOR VICTORIA: AN ARGENTINE STORY
TITLE: LOOKING FOR VICTORIA: AN ARGENTINE STORY
DIR/PROD: Ton Vriens
LANGUAGE: English and Spanish with English subtitles
TIME: 58 min video
TEXT: At the age of eighteen months, Adriana Lewi lost her parents. Her Jewish father and Catholic mother were among the 'disappeared', the estimated 30,000 Argentineans murdered by the dictatorship that ruled the country from 1976 - 83. Now a grown woman, with a child of her own, she sets out to find out more about what happened to her parents. It's a quest that takes up three years of her life. Looking for Victoria is also an unforgettable portrait of a courageous young woman who dares to unearth a truth that most want buried. From director Ton Vriens (To Live with Terror).
The Main Suspect
TITLE: The Main Suspect
DIR/PROD: Yaky Yosha
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
TIME: 61 min video
TEXT: The death of twelve Israeli-Arabs, during a protest demonstration in Israel in October 2000, galvanized the nation. It was the first time that Israeli-Arab citizens had joined Palestinians in voicing opposition to the Occupation, and their deaths brought up questions of their place in Israeli society. For veteran filmmaker Yaky Yosha, the chief villain of the piece was obvious; Alik Cohen, the charismatic, enigmatic Galilee police chief. Yosha, however, soon discovered that the truth behind the story was a lot murkier and less simple than first appeared. Culminating in a historic meeting between Cohen and a group of Israeli-Arabs, The Main Suspect is a challenging look at two solitudes.
TITLE: MAME-LOSHN, KINDER-LOSHN
DIR/PROD: Tommy Schwarcz, Avi Lehrer / Hirsh Perloff
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles
TIME: 54 min video
TEXT: Yiddish in the Holy Land? Meet the writers, poets, editors and Yiddish lovers who are trying to revive the language in Israel. Traditionally hostile or indifferent to Yiddish, Israelis have been slow to embrace the tongue spoken by so many Jews for centuries. Now things are changing. The engaging Mame-Loshn, Kinder-Loshn offers hope that at least part of Israel's future will be written in Yiddish.
DIR/PROD: Peggy Shkuda
TIME: 18 min video
TEXT: A heartfelt profile of the indefatigable Dora Wasserman, founder of Montreal's acclaimed Yiddish theatre. From the Adrienne Clarkson Presents TV series. This screening was made possible through the support of the CBC. Dedicated to the memory of two pioneering Yiddishists, Dora Wasserman, founder and longtime director of Montreal's acclaimed Yiddish Theatre, and Sara Rosenfeld, activist and co-founder of KlezKanada.
THE MARCH OF THE LIVING
TITLE: THE MARCH OF THE LIVING
DIR/PROD: Grezegorz Linkowski, Grzegorz R. Wroblewski
LANGUAGE: Polish, German, Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 49 min video
TEXT: What would you do if you found out your 'loving but strict' father was, in fact, a Nazi War Criminal, responsible for the death of millions of Jews? That is the reality which has dogged young Martin Bormann Jr., whose father, Martin Bormann, was one of Hitler's most trusted advisors and one of the architects of The Final Solution. Trying to make peace with his past and his tortured memories, Bormann attends the annual March of the Living, which commemorates the Holocaust and those who died in the camps. But is that enough?
The Last Witness
TITLE: The Last Witness
DIR/PROD: Michal Nekanda-Trepka
LANGUAGE: Polish w/ English ST
TIME: 48 min video
TEXT: He escaped from the Treblinka concentration camp, along with 400 other Jews who successfully fought back against their Nazi captors. (Only 67 of them survived the war.) Now Samuel Willenberg has gone back to Poland to try to understand his life and fathom the motives, feelings and prejudices of the Poles who both helped and hindered him. A subtle evocation of Polish-Jewish relations, and of one man's determination to make something meaningful out of his survival.
TITLE: MUTTER (MOTHER)
DIR/PROD: Miklos Gimes
LANGUAGE: German, Hungarian with English subtitles
TIME: 95 min in 35mm
TEXT: The indomitable figure at the center of Mutter fled her country in 1956, with her six-year-old son, after the Soviets crushed the Hungarian uprising and arrested - and later executed - her husband for his "counter-revolutionary activities". She is forced to confront her tumultuous past when she returns home for the first time since those calamitous times. An emotional journey, a remarkable woman, an unforgettable film. Best Documentary Film Award, Hungarian Film Critics Association, 2003
MY FATHER'S CAMERA
TITLE: MY FATHER'S CAMERA
DIR/PROD: Karen Shopsowitz
TIME: 59 min video
TEXT: Karen Shopsowitz brings her father and his filmmaking hobby to life, in this poignant portrait of a man and his home movies. Tracing a direct line from her dad's passionate interest in film to her own present day career, she interviews archivists, filmmakers and historians on the value and role of amateur filming in recording history. All the while, Israel Shopsowitz's home movies weave their magic spell. George Foster Peabody Award, 2001.
Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2001.
Bronze Plaque Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2001
My Grandparents Had A Hotel
TITLE: My Grandparents Had A Hotel
DIR/PROD: Karen Shopsowitz
TEXT: The nostalgic story of The Monteith Inn, in the Muskokas, run by Karen Shopsowitz's grandparents, Harry and Jennie Shopsowitz, from 1935 - 49. Originally seen as a haven for Canadian (and American) Jews who were kept out of restricted clubs, the hotel soon became a colourful part of the province's Jewish history. Silver Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival, Oakland, 1991
MY STILLS: 1952 - 2002
TITLE: MY STILLS: 1952 - 2002
DIR/PROD: David Perlov
LANGUAGE: English, Hebrew with English subtitles
TEXT: Famed Israeli documentary filmmaker David Perlov (In Jerusalem) switches gears with this entrancing examination of the art of still photography. It was his last film before his death last December at age 73. Perlov uses his portable video recorder to photograph the residents of his varied Tel Aviv neighbourhood. He also visits his favourite haunts in Paris and pays tribute to his idols and influences, among them, photographer David Seymour, who documented Israel's modern birth, and Emile Zola, the great French writer (J'Accuse). Narrated by Perlov, whose observations range from how television covered 9/11 to Israel's consistently changing immigrant palette, My Stills: 1952 - 2002 makes us look at pictures in a whole new light.
PERLASCA: AN ITALIAN HERO
TITLE: PERLASCA: AN ITALIAN HERO
DIR/PROD: Alberto Negrin
LANGUAGE: Italian with English ST
TIME: 123 minutes
TEXT: Writers: Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia. Cast: Luca Zingaretti, Jerome Anger, Amanda Sandrelli. Based on the amazing true story of Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian importer in Budapest, Hungary, who, through a complex set of circumstances ended up posing as the Spanish Charge D'affaires, saving 3,500 Jews from certain death in the camps. Well played by Luca Zingaretti in the lead, Perlasca also functions as an edge-of-your-seat thriller as the Italian sets out on his heroic mission.
PERMISSION TO REMEMBER
TITLE: PERMISSION TO REMEMBER
DIR/PROD: Yael Kipper Zaretzky
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 57 min video
TEXT: When a group of survivors challenges the designation of Stephen Wermchuk as one of The Righteous Among the Nations, those gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust, they come into conflict with Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum. Though the survivors possess evidence that says otherwise, the board running Yad Vashem refuses to consider the possibility that a terrible mistake has been made. A disquieting look at an injustice done and never remedied.
TITLE: Sendler's List
DIR/PROD: Michael Dudziewicz
LANGUAGE: English, Polish with English subtitles
TIME: 45 min
TEXT: If not for three American high school students, Irena Sendler, a Polish gentile who rescued 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, would probably have lived out her life in anonymity. After studying her heroic exploits, the students decide they want to meet the heroine who pulled off the seemingly impossible. A moving examination of the meaning - and modesty - of heroism. Special Jury Prize, Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival, 2003
TITLE: PROFESSOR MAMLOCK
DIR/PROD: Konrad Wolf
COUNTRY: East Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English subtitles
TIME: 99 min in 35mm
TEXT: Writers: Konrad Wolf, Georg Engel. Cast: Wolfgang Heinz, Ursula Burg, Hilmar Thate. As the Nazis consolidate their power in Germany in 1933, Professor Mamlock (Wolfgang Heinz), a renowned chief of surgery in a university hospital, and a Jew, remains blind to the reality of what is going on around him. As fascists and communists fight in the streets, and anti - Semitism begins to manifest itself, Mamlock resists the attempts of his family, including his non - Jewish wife and radical son, to wake him to the new horrors of a threatening world. Based on the 1933 play by outspoken Jewish playwright Friedrich Wolf, which was censored by the Nazis, and directed by his son, Konrad, Professor Mamlock was one of the earliest German films to tackle the subject of the Holocaust. It's also one of the finest films on the subject ever made.
TITLE: PROMISED LAND
DIR/PROD: Avy Hemy
LANGUAGE: English and Hebrew w/ English ST
TEXT: As violence and terrorism continue to take their toll on Israelis, many of them are queuing up to go abroad. But why would any Jew consider immigrating to Germany, of all places? Avy Hemy profiles three Israelis, who are either already living there, thinking of moving there or holding onto a German passport, just in case... Hemy asks, after the Holocaust, do Jews have a right to even contemplate such a move? A provocative examination of a new reality.
PURIM SAFARI: FREDERIC BRENNER'S JOURNEY
AMONGST THE JEWS OF SOUTH AFRICA
TITLE: PURIM SAFARI: FREDERIC BRENNER'S JOURNEY
AMONGST THE JEWS OF SOUTH AFRICA
DIR/PROD: Romi Kaplan
COUNTRY: Israel and South Africa
LANGUAGE: Afrikaans with English ST
TEXT: French photographer Frédéric Brenner roams South Africa to unearth the various facets of its changing Jewish community. From an ostrich farmer to a transvestite performance artist to a woman who runs a soup kitchen for her Black neighbors, Purim Safari blends humour and pathos to provocative effect. It's a quirky and unique trip.
DIR/PROD: Simon Brasse
TEXT: Is it possible that the newly arrived Viennese, vegetarian boarder is who they think it is? A darkly comic, wryly English riff on identity, justice deferred and the pitfalls of vengeance.
DIR/PROD: Ronit Pollak
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 15 min in 16mm
TEXT: Did Shula cheat on her jailbird husband David with Dror? Now out of prison, David is determined to find out the truth. A zany comedy of ill-manners from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem. Special Mention, Haifa International Film Festival, 1999
TITLE: Rose's Song
DIR/PROD: Andor Szilagyi
COUNTRY: Hungary / Italy
LANGUAGE: Hungarian with English subtitles
TIME: 98 min in 35mm
TEXT: Cast: Franco Castellano, Zum Dávid, Djoko Rosic, Maia Morgenstern.
As the noose tightens around Hungary's Jews in 1944, the patriarch of a Jewish family fights to save his loved ones, in this powerful drama of bravery and hope. Only the mellifluous voice of the reclusive opera star that sings out each evening prevents them from giving in to despair. But how long can they hold out? A memorable, engrossing film based on a true story. Special Jury Mention, Best Feature Debut, Karlovy Vary Int'l. Film Festival, 2003.
TITLE: Round Trip
DIR/PROD: Shahar Rozen
TEXT: Writer: Noa Greenberg. Cast: Anat Waxman, Nathati Moshesh, Eyal Rozales. Frustrated with her life, 40-year-old bus driver Nurit decides to take a break from her perpetually unemployed husband. She packs up her two kids and leaves the small northern town of Qiryat Shemona for a new start in a neglected Tel Aviv neighbourhood. There, she falls into a relationship with Mushidi, the Nigerian nanny she's hired to watch her children. Beautifully acted and strikingly directed, Round Trip will hold you in thrall.
SAMUEL BAK: PAINTER OF QUESTIONS
TITLE: SAMUEL BAK: PAINTER OF QUESTIONS
DIR/PROD: Christa Singer / Marike Emery
TIME: 48 min video
TEXT: Artist Samuel Bak, a Holocaust survivor whose striking paintings reflect a turbulent, deeply felt life, is aptly profiled in Christa Singer's warm, moving documentary. Bak's unique artwork, his observations on his craft and testimonies from admiring curators adorn this deceptively simple portrait of a private man. Like the film, he's not someone you'll easily forget.
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY: AN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN JOURNEY TO JAPAN
TITLE: SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY: AN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN JOURNEY TO JAPAN
DIR/PROD: Dov Gil-Har
LANGUAGE: English, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, with English subtitles
TEXT: In recent years, the Japanese government, in an attempt to help the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, has sponsored mixed groups of Israelis and Palestinians on trips to Japan. The plan was for the two sides to get to know and understand each other better. Dov Gil-Har followed one such group, as they slept, ate, and argued together, while interacting with their delighted hosts who may have known little about Jews or Arabs. Two of the film's subjects are Benny Herness and Adnan Joulani.
STATELESS, ARROGANT AND LUNATIC
TITLE: STATELESS, ARROGANT AND LUNATIC
DIR/PROD: Lena Einhorn
LANGUAGE: English, German with English subtitles
TEXT: The amazing true story of Gilel Storch - a mysterious Latvian Jewish refugee in Sweden. He initiated talks with leading Nazi Heinrich Himmler to save Jews from the gas chambers in the waning days of the war. That Himmler would consent to meet with a Jewish representative, is just one of the many remarkable revelations in this documentary / drama. One of the strangest stories of World War II and an enthralling film. Winner, Picture & Word Academy Award, Stockholm, 1998
LE TANGO DES RASHEVSKI (THE RASHEVSKI TANGO)
TITLE: LE TANGO DES RASHEVSKI (THE RASHEVSKI TANGO)
DIR/PROD: Sam Garbarski
COUNTRY: BELGIUM / FRANCE / LUXEMBOURG
LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles
TIME: 97 min in 35mm
TEXT: Writer: Philippe Blasband. Cast: Hippolyte Girardot, Ludmila Mikael, Michel Jonasz. When Grandmother Rosa suddenly dies, her various assimilated or half-Jewish family members are thrown into turmoil. Should her funeral service be a religious Jewish one? Should all the mourning customs be observed? The answers aren't easy ones, especially when one granddaughter decides to return to her Jewish roots. A delicate mix of witty satire and thoughtful drama, Le Tango des Rashevski goes in directions you don't expect, even as it smartly explores the many meanings of being Jewish today. From Sam Garbarski, director of the popular shorts La Dinde and La vie, la mort et le foot.
LA TERZA LUNA (THE THIRD MOON)
TITLE: LA TERZA LUNA (THE THIRD MOON)
DIR/PROD: Matteo Bellinelli
COUNTRY: ITALY / SWITZERLAND / FRANCE
LANGUAGE: Italian with English subtitles
TIME: 81 minutes in 35mm
TEXT: Writers: Matteo Bellinelli, Daniel Goldenberg. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Roberto Citran, Alessandra Acciai. An architect's assignment to renovate an old mansion in Venice brings him into contact with an elderly novelist and the young woman who takes care of him. As the architect becomes involved in the writer's turbulent life, which includes a love affair with a Jewish girl during WWII, fact and fiction begin to meld. Ravishingly shot, The Third Moon is a gorgeous, hypnotic, cinematic illusion.
TITLE: THE WALL
DIR/PROD: Benny Brunner
LANGUAGE: English, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
TEXT: Israel calls it a terror prevention barrier. The Palestinians refer to it as a land grab. Those are the labels attached to a controversial wall, which is currently being built to separate Israel from the Territories. This highly critical point-of-view documentary, by outspoken filmmaker Benny Brunner (co-director of It Is No Dream, and director of The Children of Abraham & Sophie), attacks the wall as a "symptom" of what ails Israel. The Wall features Israeli leftists, such as journalist Amira Hass (Between the Lines) and political activist Haim Hanegbi, who condemn it in no uncertain terms, as well as Palestinians who decry its adverse effects on their livelihood. Topical as they come, The Wall, which was made for the Dutch newsmagazine show Counter View, is sure to engender debate and discussion.
UNE BARRIERE CONTRE LA TERREUR (A BARRIER AGAINST TERROR)
TITLE: UNE BARRIERE CONTRE LA TERREUR (A BARRIER AGAINST TERROR)
DIR/PROD: Michel Hait
COUNTRY: FRANCE / ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: French, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles
TEXT: WORLD PREMIERE at the Toronto Jewish Film Fest, Spring 2004. Another powerful view of the wall. Tracing a path from the breakdown of the Oslo Accords, which the film blames on Yasser Arafat, to today's unremitting climate of Palestinian terrorism, Une Barriere Contre La Terreur suggests that Israel has no choice but to build a wall to protect herself and her citizens. A strong statement.
TITLE: WONDROUS OBLIVION
DIR/PROD: Paul Morrison
TIME: 97 min in 35mm
TEXT: Cast: Delroy Lindo, Emily Woof, Stanley Townsend, Sam Smith. London, 1960, and sleepy 11-year-old David Wiseman is only interested in one thing: cricket. The problem is, he's not very good at the game, and on the school team he has been relegated to the lowly role of scorekeeper. Then, to the horror of the neighbourhood, a Jamaican family moves in next door and David's life suddenly changes. An engrossing, insightful look at race relations, racism and the plight of immigrants, Jewish and Black, recently arrived in an intolerant land. Wondrous Oblivion avoids clichés in its deft sketching of a memorable time and place. From Paul Morrison, director of Solomon and Gaenor
TITLE: FINDING ELEAZAR
DIR/PROD: Paula Heil Fisher
SOURCE: Matthias Visser MILLENNIAL ARTS PRODUCTIONS
130 West 56th Street, Suite 705 New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 757-2007
Fax: (212) 757-0023 Email: email@example.com
TEXT: I had the opportunity to see its world premiere at the Tribeca film fest in May 2004, and sat behind Sidney Lumet, who shows up in the film. It is a compelling chronicle of renowned tenor Neil Shicoff and his journey to revive Halévy's 1835 La Juive seven decades after it was banned by the Nazis. The opera's timeless themes of intolerance and fanaticism take on new meaning through the interplay of current affairs and live performance, interspersed with a music video by legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet. There are so many ways to approach this beautiful film, about the recent revival of Halévy's opera La Juive. At one level, it is a "making of" film, featuring a "making of" video -- the director Sidney Lumet directs a video of the main aria -- but it confronts issues so large and so prevalent in the world today that we may as well not be watching the story of an opera written almost 200 years ago. La Juive had been performed hundreds of times before it was banned by the Nazis in 1938, as part of a nationwide suppression of all Jewish art. On its most basic level, it tells the story of a Jew and his family, their persecution, and the dilemma they face about whether to renounce their faith to save their lives. The lead role of Eleazar was one of Enrico Caruso's favorites, and it is proposed to Neil Shicoff, master tenor, to revive it and set the opera in Nazi Germany. Shicoff initially questions the wisdom of mounting this opera, pointing to the fanaticism and intolerance all over the world, and the availability of other, more contemporary stories of persecution than Germany in the late 30's. The issues raised gain added salience thanks to Shicoff's astounding approachability, intelligence, and humor, which propel this fascinating film. As Shicoff himself states: "The point of this opera is that there is another avenue to peace." This is a film for anyone who believes in art, culture, and the transcendent power of history to teach us about our world today. After an extensive career in finance, Paula Heil Fisher became a producer for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including the Tony-award winning revival of Damn Yankees, David Mamet's Oleanna, Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, and the musical series Rogers and Hart Rediscovered. In 1992, Heil Fisher and director Eric Fraad founded Millennial Arts Productions (MAP), a New York City-based nonprofit that produced Stravinsky's Pulcinella, Handel's Messiah, and a dramatic presentation of Handel's Esther. MAP also staged many original, opera premieres including La Fete d'Atreus (French Baroque), La Contessa del Canto, and La Caccia al 'Amore (The Hunt for Love). Finding Eléazar is her feature directorial debut. Creating Finding Eleazar was a chance to look at the deeply troubling dilemma of human intolerance and its destructiveness, in this instance through one artist's eyes. The project reinforced my conviction that artists everywhere, in every age, are compelled to provoke dialogue within their own societies and challenge the status quo for the sake of a better world.
TITLE: PAPER CLIPS
DIR/PROD: Joe Fab, Elliot Berlin
SOURCE: Mark Balgavy MIRAMAX FILMS DELIVERY AND LAB SERVICES ASST. 375 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013 Phone: (212) 941-3837 Fax: (212) 941-2004 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TEXT: Whitwell, Tennessee might seem like an unlikely spot for a Holocaust memorial. There are few, if any, Jews in the rural two-stoplight town on the edge of Appalachia, which lies just a few miles down the road from both the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan and the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial. But that inauspicious heritage didn't stop the students and administrators of Whitwell Middle School from mounting an ambitious tribute to the victims of Nazi genocide. They set out to collect 6 million paper clips -- one for each Jew killed in the Holocaust. This poignant documentary chronicles the school's efforts, which succeeded so spectacularly that the project soon expanded to include a unique memorial -- and made sleepy Whitwell a center of national attention. Several of the key players in the Whitwell Paper Clip Project speak with real emotion about the impact it had on their lives. One teacher relates the way teaching daily lessons about the bitter fruits of racial hatred forced him to confront his own biases, and those of his father. Students who never met a Jew -- or a German -- find themselves moved to tears when a delegation of Holocaust survivors arrives to visit the school and share their experiences. Filmgoers will be moved, too, by an entire town's little-engine-that-could-like tenacity in meeting its goals and opening itself up to new possibilities.
SABBATH ENTERTAINMENT Oneg Shabat
TITLE: SABBATH ENTERTAINMENT Oneg Shabat
DIR/PROD: Michal Brezis, Oded Binnum
SOURCE: Tal Shanny SAM SPIEGEL FILM & TV SCHOOL-JERUSALEM
4 Yad-Harutzim Street, P.O. Box 10636 Jerusalem, 91403 Phone: 972 2 6731950
Fax: 972 2 6731949 Email: email@example.com
TEXT: It's Sabbath eve. Rachel sneaks out of her religious parents' house to go out with her secular friends. On their way to the party an accident happens and Rachel must face the consequences of her decisions. Michal was born in 1977, Michal Brezis grew up in Jerusalem, Paris, and Boston. A graduate of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Brezis went on to study at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. Sabbath Entertainment is her diploma film. Born in Jerusalem, in 1975, Oded Binnum worked as a website designer, graphic designer, and photographer. Binnum graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2003 and is a member of the Courage to Refuse organization in Israel. Press Contact: Noa Ron Phone: 972 26 731950 ext. 4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales Contact: Philippa Kowarski CINEPHIL 18 Levontin Street
Tel Aviv, 65112 Phone: 972 3 566 4129 Fax: 972 3 560 1436
Email: email@example.com Directors: Michal Brezis, Oded Binnun.
Producers: Effi Cohen, Naomi Lev'ari Cinematographer: Oded Binnun.
Principle Cast: Tali Sharon, Aviva Ger, Yael Yakoboff, Naama Yakoboff
YOUNG ARTIE FELDMAN
TITLE: YOUNG ARTIE FELDMAN
DIR/PROD: Erik Moe
TIME: 6 minutes
SOURCE: Erik Moe MODERN PING PONG 4512 Louise Avenue
Encino, CA 91316 Phone: (818) 501-1881 Fax: (310) 305-6096
TEXT: Fifteen-year-old Artie Feldman, a precocious wheeler-dealer with all the instincts of a killer talent agent, brokers jobs in the San Fernando Valley fast food industry. Erik Moe's feature, No Sleep 'til Madison (2002), won the Sundance Channel's Emerging Filmmaker Award and seven "Best of" awards at various film festivals. His television credits include Applewood 911 (Fox), The Wheat Kings (WB Network), and Escape to Wisconsin (CBS). He has a television script deal with NBC and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video Productions, and is employed in a similar capacity by Studios USA, Universal Television, Brillstein Grey Entertainment, and Comedy Central. Moe has also written Tales of a Young Urban Failure (Chronicle Books, 1997), and his advertising work has won nine Clio awards. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Director/Writer: Erik Moe Producer: Ron Cicero Cinematographer: Chris Conway Editor: James Lepitsky Co-Executive Producer: Ivo Knezevic Principle Cast: Aaron Himmelstein, Dan Benson, Susan Merson, Zia Harris, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Steve Sperry. Sales Contact: Anna Lobell HYPNOTIC 1520 D Cloverfield Blvd., Suite D
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Phone: (310) 453-2345 x225 Fax: (310) 453-0075
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.hypnotic.com
TITLE: Chic Point
DIR/PROD: SHARIF WAKED
SOURCE: email@example.com Daniel Cockburn, Vtape T: 416 351 1317
F: 416 351 1509 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 452 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
TEXT: This video is available for rental at $60 Canadian per screening, shipping not included. CHIC POINT: Fashion for Israeli checkpoints.
The most salient feature of Palestinian life has become the Israeli
imposed closure. Through hundreds of checkpoints, the Israeli
occupation forces curtail people's movement, and subject them to
humiliating surveillance. Today, Israeli's regard the individual
Palestinian body as the most dangerous weapon. In order to pass
through checkpoints, Palestinians are forced to lift their clothing
and reveal their abdomens, to prove that they are not carrying
explosives, that they are not walking human bombs. Chic Point is a 7:00 video shot in a fictional location: The occupation catwalk. Employing all the conventional codes of a fashion show, models reveal their abdomens in outfits designed especially for that purpose.
Round Trip (Al Ha' Kav)
TITLE: Round Trip (Al Ha' Kav)
DIR/PROD: Shahar Rozen
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 95 minute video
SOURCE: NewFestival.org june 2004
TEXT: Nurit, a working class wife and mother, leaves her husband and takes her two young children with her to Tel Aviv to start afresh. Very soon, however, she finds it difficult to balance her long hours as a bus driver and caring for her kids. Enter Mushidi, a beautiful illegal immigrant from Ghana, who agrees to look after the children in exchange for room and board. Mushidi utterly transforms the lives of Nurit and her children. Though Nurit at first keeps her distance, a warm friendship between the women soon develops into a romance. But when Nurit's estranged husband discovers their relationship, she is forced to make a difficult decision. Shown at the NewFestival.org in June 2004
Send Me Angel (Shlah Li Mal'ah)
TITLE: Send Me Angel (Shlah Li Mal'ah)
DIR/PROD: Nir Ne'Eman
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TEXT: Ronny, a hopeless romantic is alone on his 30th birthday. He seeks companionship through a phone sex line, but instead of the masculine type he requested, Sahar arrives: a young, blonde, twink hustler. Though Ronny kicks him out, fate brings them back together before the night is over - will Ronny let down his guard and take a chance on making a real connection? Shown at NewFestival.org in June 2004
It's Probably Me (Zo Caniree' Ani)
TITLE: It's Probably Me (Zo Caniree' Ani)
DIR/PROD: Roi Ben Ami
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TEXT: The story of Inbar, a 32-year-old MTF (male to female) prostitute in Israel. Director Roi Ben Ami constructs a compelling portrait of the life of a gender outlaw and the gradual acceptance she receives from those who love her.
Shown at NewFestival.org in June 2004
Walk on Water (Lalecet Al Hamaim)
TITLE: Walk on Water (Lalecet Al Hamaim)
DIR/PROD: Eytan Fox
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 90 minutes in 35mm
TEXT: After Yossi & Jagger, Fox has directed this intelligent drama about an Israeli secret service agent and his relationship with two Germans. Eyal is a handsome but cold-blooded Mossad agent who is given the ultimate assignment - tracking down a notorious Nazi war criminal through his grandchildren. Posing as a tourist guide, he meets Axel, an attractive young teacher from Berlin who is visiting his sister Pia, currently living with her boyfriend on a kibbutz in Israel. As Eyal spends time with them, especially with the spontaneous and openly gay Axel, the gruff assassin finds his deep-seated perceptions changing. Will he be able to complete his assignment? In Walk on Water, Fox poses difficult questions which should always be asked, and whose answers must never be assumed. Shown at NewFestival.org in June 2004.
Expelled to Eden
TITLE: Expelled to Eden (Girush le gan Eden)
DIR/PROD: Eran Koblik Kedar
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 15 minute video
TEXT: Shown at NewFestival.org
TITLE: Paradise Lost
DIR/PROD: Ebtisam Mra'ana
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 56m video doc
SOURCE: human rights watch film festival 2004 hrw.org
TEXT: Paradise, a picturesque fishermen's village overlooking the Mediterranean, is one of the few Palestinian villages remaining on Israel's coastline after the war in 1948. When the director sets out to investigate the secrets of her village, she is warned to be careful, lest her fate be that of Suaad - the mythical "bad girl" who broke the village's political norms, became a PLO activist, served a long prison sentence and, after her release, left the country. The film follows the director to the U.K., where she finds Mrs. Suaad George, a Doctor of Law, who despite her self-fulfillment is still haunted by her village and her past. The filmmaker re-creates a lost history and at the same time defines modern womanhood within a traditional Arab village.
LIKE TWENTY IMPOSSIBLES
TITLE: LIKE TWENTY IMPOSSIBLES
DIR/PROD: Annemarie Jacir
COUNTRY: Palestine Authority
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 17m 35mm drama
SOURCE: human rights watch film festival 2004 hrw.org
TEXT: In a landscape now interrupted by military checkpoints, a group of Palestinian filmmakers attempt to reach Jerusalem. When they decide to avoid a closed checkpoint by taking an unused side road, the landscape unravels, and the passengers' certainties are slowly taken apart by the mundane brutality of military occupation.
Official selection, Cannes Film Festival 2003.
A Different War
TITLE: A Different War
DIR/PROD: Nadav Gal
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 15, video
TEXT: Set during the turbulent Intifada, a young boy struggles in the absence of his father to overcome his domineering and homophobic brother. See Outfest.com
Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm
TITLE: Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm
DIR/PROD: Annie Sprinkle, Sheila Malone
TIME: 50, video
TEXT: Annie Sprinkle, America's top Jewish female porn star and sex-entrpreneur, graces us with her sensuous wisdom in an eclectic, funny and educational documentary about orgasm. The video features interviews with 26 orgasm experts, archival footage on the history of orgasm and images of people having all kinds of sex - masturbation, lesbian sex, gay sex, transgender sex, S/M sex, disabled sex and hetero sex (to name a few). A chiropractor explains the physiology of orgasm; a rock star astral projects to Alaska during orgasm; a man experiences laugh-gasms. Annie Sprinkle's bold and beautiful journey also explores fake orgasms, breath orgasms and most importantly, how to have bigger, better orgasms
TITLE: Beautiful Boxer
DIR/PROD: Ekachai Uekrontham
LANGUAGE: Thai w/ English ST
TIME: 116 in 35mm
TEXT: Directed with consummate grace, Ekachai Uekrongtham's BEAUTIFUL BOXER recounts the epic true saga of Nong Toom, one of the most celebrated kick boxers in Thai history. (jewish promotor)
Business of Fancy Dancing
TITLE: Business of Fancy Dancing
DIR/PROD: Sherman Alexie
TEXT: Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Spokane Indian poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend, Mouse. Told through a series of flashbacks. Includes his college affair with Agnes Roth, the daughter of a Spokane father and a Jewish mother. Agnes later appears in the latter part of the film on the rez. Based upon Sherman Alexie's book of poetry of the same name.
MALIBU'S MOST WANTED
TITLE: MALIBU'S MOST WANTED
DIR/PROD: John Whitesell
TEXT: Jewish politician and his rapper son. Brad Gluckman (Kennedy) is a wannabe rap star from Malibu who acts and talks like he's from the "'hood." Concerned that his son is going to embarrass him during his campaign to become the governor of California, Brad's wealthy father and his campaign manager (Underwood), hire two Juilliard-trained actors (Diggs and Anderson) to disguise themselves as "real life gangstaz", and kidnap his son, dropping him off in the "real hood" in Compton, in an effort to scare the ghettofied attitude and behavior out of him. B-Rad (instead of brad) raps, "Bloodbath and Tree, they be beatin on me. But if they'd listen to my song, then we'd all get along. I may be Jewish but I got a nice schlong."
HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE
TITLE: HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE
DIR/PROD: Danny Leiner
SOURCE: New Line
TEXT: Written by two Jewish guys from Pennsylvania (Penn Wharton grad), this is the story of a high achieving, shy, but abused Korean guy and his Indian pre-med roommate, living in Northern New Jersey with other recent college grads. There hallway neighbors are Rosenberg and Goldstein, two Jewish slackers who watch videos and smoke pot all day. Notice that their bong is made from a shofar. The best review is from the LA Jewish Journal.. so let me copy paste it in.
"Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," a stoner grossout comedy about roommates on a burger run, transcends its genre to become a clever spoof on racial stereotyping. (The beleaguered protagonists are Korean American and Indian American.) .... "Harold" screenwriters Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, both 26, had similar criticisms while bonding over teen comedies at their Randolph, N.J., high school and later while rooming together in Los Angeles.
"We couldn't relate to most of the protagonists we'd see in youth comedies," Hurwitz says. "They were these good-looking, suave guys, like Paul Walker in 'She's All That,' but they didn't look like us or the people we hung out with. So when we started writing, we figured we'd create R-rated comedies that represented ourselves and our group of friends." Sitting side by side in a luxurious suite at the W Hotel in Westwood, Hurwitz and Schlossberg seem more like nice-Jewish-boy archetypes than the authors of a film featuring raunchy poop jokes. With affable expressions and hands clasped in their laps, they apologize for using the occasional expletive and for a certain "Harold" joke involving the Holocaust and a starlet's breasts ("I'm embarrassed by that," says Hurwitz, blushing). They became close friends while serving on their high school debate team; both engaged in "hard-core" cramming for the SATs to secure admission to a top university, which pleased their professional Jewish parents. Hurwitz dutifully went off to the University of Pennsylvania to become an investment banker, Schlossberg attended the University of Chicago to become a lawyer; they scrapped those sensible plans only after their first screenplay, "Filthy," sold to MGM their senior year. "Filthy" was a grossout comedy featuring culturally Jewish protagonists like Hurwitz and Schlossberg, but the screenwriters wanted "Harold" to be even more radical. They intended the movie to reflect the predilections and ethnic diversity of their social circle, which included Korean Americans, Indian Americans and Jews who had more in common with the protagonists of "American Pie" than "Yentl" or "Bollywood/Hollywood."
"Yet whenever we saw characters like us on screen, they were relegated to stock, stereotypical roles," Schlossberg says. "But we're just like everyone else our age in terms of attitudes and issues."
The screenwriters and their friends liked to talk about women, to watch "South Park," to rip on each other in politically incorrect ways (Hurwitz and Schlossberg were nicknamed "Manny" and "Shevitz"), and to embark upon the kind of munchies quests only people in their 20s undertake. "Harold," in fact, was partly inspired by a late-night, two-hour trek to the Valley, during which the authors braved crack addicts while searching for the perfect Boston cream doughnut.
As for why the main characters are Korean American and Indian American, Hurwitz and Schlossberg thought it would be subversive to create a youth comedy in which the most marginalized minorities were the leads. The film revolves around Harold (John Cho) a put-upon office drone, Kumar (Kal Penn), a rebellious medical school applicant and, to a lesser extent, their Jewish neighbors, Rosenberg and Goldstein (a.k.a. Manny and Shevitz). "The movie both pokes fun at stereotypes and subverts them, which is unique in this kind of broad comedy," director Danny Leiner says.
For example, Harold is introduced as the generic "Asian guy" but ultimately gets the girl; the Indian Kumar is smart but prefers partying to science; and Rosenberg and Goldstein, far from being studious Jews, are the film's biggest slackers, contentedly smoking dope out of their shofar bong. ""
Hayden Schlossberg supposedly writes, ...the sequel will necessarily get made. In order for that to happen, "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle" needs to take in enough money from the box office and from videos and DVDs to make a profit. Since our budget was relatively low the chances of the first movie being profitable are fairly certain. But the only way to guarantee that is by spreading the word about H&K. It's very simple. The more people that buy tickets and DVDs, the greater the chance that the sequel will get made. We got Hollywood to bring back Family Guy. We can get them to bring back Harold and Kumar.... Oh, and if you didn't like Harold and Kumar, then you won't like the sequel. It's basically the same thing only with more nudity. shotgun anus.".... Here's the deal with Rosenberg and Goldstein. We definitely wanted Harold and Kumar to have some non-Asian friends. By making their friends Jewish, we created a posse of dudes that we would be able to relate to. It also added another culture to the mix, which was good. Many people assume that Rosenberg and Goldstein are based on me and Jon Hurwitz. While we are definitely two horny Jews who love Katie Holmes's breasts in "The Gift," I would say that Rosenberg and Goldstein exaggerate their Judaism more than we do. We don't have or wear any Jewish paraphernalia. Basically, they are the stereotypical versions of ourselves. You're totally right on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. When we first wrote the script, we loved the idea of a spinoff movie, that was all about Rosenberg and Goldstein going to Hot Dog Heaven. The movie would be called "Rosenberg and Goldstein go to Hot Dog Heaven," and we would have it take place on the same night that Harold and Kumar went to White Castle (for instance, at the end when R & G finally eat their hot dogs, we would see H & K stealing the Extreme Sports Truck in the background). Much like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, "Rosenberg and Goldstein go to Hot Dog Heaven" would focus on minor characters from another work. Also, a couple facts...
Hot Dog Heaven-- it used to be Krispy Kreme that Rosenberg and Goldstein were trying to get to. But Krispy Kreme didn't want to be associated with our movie. F them. Burger Shack-- originally, it was Wendy's. Of course, Wendy's wouldn't give us permission, so we changed it to Burger Shack. Our friend, Josh Heald, likes to call places "shacks." Like if there's a place that sells good cookies, he calls it "Cookie Shack." Very weird. Finally, about the semen-- we have never worked at a fast food place, nor have we ever shot a load in somebody's food. However, we do know a guy who worked at a Boston Market, who supposedly jerked off into the mashed potatoes.
The two writers appear in the film in the background at a White Castle.
As for what is MEEKRAB... Meekrab is made up, based on a band called Meecrab and a Chinese sauce.
TITLE: HITLER'S PAWN
DIR/PROD: Ross Greenberg, Rick Bernstein
TEXT: The documentary story of Jewish high-jumper Margaret Bergmann Lambert, who was removed from the German team only a few weeks before the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where she was expected to win a gold medal. Today, a stadium in Germany bears her name The documentary explores the hopes and heartaches experienced by Margaret Lambert, a Jewish athlete training to compete for the German Olympic team in the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. Co-produced with Black Canyon Productions. "This story is so compelling, and so emotional, that we expect it to spark a lot of discussion about the events of the 1936 Berlin Games," said HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg. "Margaret Lambert is not a household name. She's not in any record books or a hall of fame, but her story as a young Jewish girl growing up in Laupheim, Germany, dreaming of someday representing her country in the Olympics, and the setbacks she endured and overcame, is a gripping narrative." Born Gretel Bergmann in Germany in 1914, Margaret Lambert developed into a superior athlete during the late '20s and '30s, excelling in the high jump. Her dream of competing for Germany in the Olympics was clouded by the rise of the Nazi Party early in the 1930s, when Jewish athletes were being expelled from German sports clubs. During that turbulent decade, Bergmann's life became intertwined with the political movement that was dominating Germany. When it was important for the Germans to show foreign countries and dignitaries that their athletics were open and free of discrimination, she was allowed to compete. But the story of how Bergmann was set up and abandoned on the eve of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin is a chilling reminder of the discrimination endured by Jews in Nazi Germany. Held up as a bold example of how Germany was not discriminating in athletics - which would help ensure that Berlin would not be forced to relinquish the '36 Games -- Bergmann was unconscionably bounced from the Olympic Team a few weeks before the opening ceremonies. Though teams were permitted to field as many as three high jumpers for the Games, Germany chose at virtually the last minute to reduce its team to two high jumpers and keep Bergmann out of the competition. Crushed, Bergmann left her homeland in May 1937 and moved to the United States. Settling in New York, she began to compete again, but never forgot the disappointment of 1936. In HITLER'S PAWN, Bergmann, who married fellow athlete Bruno Lambert and became Margaret Lambert, returns to Germany 68 years later, revisiting her hometown athletic fields. She reunites with German teammate Elfride Kaun, who was allowed to compete in the Berlin Games. Their competition as world-class athletes had been respectful and friendly before the Games; Kaun was wrongly led to believe that Bergmann was sidelined by injuries for the '36 Olympics. This emotional reunion in Berlin caps Lambert's long odyssey. Executive produced by Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein and produced by George Roy, her story is enhanced by the appearance of this stern, fiercely proud woman who, even at age 90, retains a clear-eyed anger. She maintains that she's given up the hate now -- but that seems a hard word for her to swallow. The International Olympic Committee pressured Germany to use Jewish athletes for the Games, the threat being that if Germany didn't, the Americans would refuse to participate. But Berlin needed the Games to further the new image of the mighty Germany -- so word was passed that two Jews could compete, including Gretel. The day after the American contingent sailed for the Games, Berlin officials wrote Gretel that she would not be allowed to represent her country. She kept the letter all these years and reads it for the camera.
HBO Sports, Black Canyon Prods./Clear Channel Entertainment Television. Executive producers: Ross Greenberg, Rick Bernstein. Producer-editor: George Roy. Co-producers/writers: Steven Stern, Eric Kesten. Coordinating producer: Brian Hyland. Composer: Brian Keane. Narrator: Natalie Portman
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