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SchmoozeDance 2005
January 21-22, 2005, Temple Har Shalom
1922 Prospector Avenue, Prospector Square
Park City, Utah



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SchmoozeDance Film Festival 2005
KidzDance Film Festival 2005
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will co-sponsor and screen Jewish films and films of Jewish interest as part of SchmoozeDance 2005, on Friday, January 21, 2005, beginning at 6:30 PM. The KidzDance portion of SchmoozeDance will be held on Saturday evening, January 22, 2005, beginning at 5 P.M.

SchmoozeDance is held during the same week as the Sundance, Slamdance, and NoDance Film Festivals. It is not affiliated or in competition with these festivals.




FRIDAY, EREV SHABBAT, January 21, 2005
At Temple Har Shalom
1922 Prospector Avenue, Prospector Square, Park City UTAH
Between Bonanza Dr and Poison Creek Lane, 2 blocks behind the Marriott, 1 block from the Grub Steak (see map below)

6:30 PM: Oneg Shabbat, Worship Service
Followed by a Kiddush, featuring items from our co-sponsors.

Followed by (scheduled to be shown):

REX STEELE NAZI HUNTER
[rex steele]
Directed by Alexander Woo
USA
10 minutes
Source: www.woohoopictures.com
Based on original characters created by Bill Presing and Matt Peters, it's the height of World War II and America is at war with the Nazis. The US government has just been informed that Eval Schnitzler, nasty Nazi supremo, and his sexy second-in-command Greta, has occupied a remote location near the mysterious source of the Amazon River. Convinced that his motives are less than honourable, the superpower sends in granite-jawed Rex Steele, Nazi smasher extraordinaire, to find and foil Schitzler's evil plans.





GREAT LENGTHS
[great lengths]
Directed by Dara Resnik
USA
20 minutes
Source: http://www.greatlengthsentertainment.com/
How far would you go for love? When Jess tells Grant that the reason she's breaking up with him is that he's not Jewish, he decides to convert. Then he discovers that learning Hebrew may not be the hardest part...
In this romantic teen-comedy, Grant Johnson (Garrett Strommen) has found the love of his life in girlfriend, Jess Cohen (America Young). Problem is, Grant's a complete slacker who's going nowhere in life, so Jess has to break up with him. But in a panicked moment, she mistakenly tells Grant they can't be together because he's not Jewish. Heartbroken, Grant goes on a quest to convert for Jess, aided by the wisecracking Rabbi Ben Glassman (David Brownstein). How far will Grant go for love? Only a circumcision will tell.
Great Lengths was produced through the Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinema-Television and is directed by Dara Resnik, produced by Tamar Laddy, and written by Chad Creasey.




WAITING FOR WOODY ALLEN
[waiting for woody][waiting for woody 2]
Directed by Michael Rainin
USA
15 minutes
Source: http://www.waitingforwoodyallen.com/
First came God. Then came Godot. Then came Woody Allen. Actually, none of them ever showed up - not in the play "Waiting for Godot" or the newly acclaimed short feature film parodying it, "Waiting for Woody Allen." Waiting for Woody Allen, a parody of Samuel Beckett's classic, Waiting for Godot, is a tragic comedy about two quarrelsome Hasidic men, Mendel and Yossel. Disillusioned with religion, therapy and their own friendship, they wait on a bench in Central Park for Woody Allen to come and give meaning to their lives. Two Chasidim - Mendel and Yossel - sit in Central Park waiting for the venerable filmmaker to show up and give their lives meaning. In the meantime, against this autumn backdrop of one day, they argue in their Yiddish-tinged accents about whether they should give up religion or they should wait for Woody, nu?
Notes: Starring: Modi and Joseph Piekarski. Written by Jonathan Brown & Dan Wechsler. Cinematography by Mario Signore. Edited by Bill & Stephen Butler (A Clockwork Orange). Produced and Directed by Michael Rainin, 29, who decided to make a short film about a year and a half ago, when he moved to Los Angeles, following a six-year stint in New York as a writer and production designer.



BACKSEAT BINGO
[backseat bingo]
Directed by Liz Blazer
USA
Source: LizBlazer@hotmail.com
Preview: http://mag.awn.com/issue9.07/9.07clips/Backseat_Bingo.mov
Producer: Liz Blazer
Editor: Peter Alton - Cinematographer: Liz Blazer
Original Score: Gordy Haab, Kyle Newmaster
Sound: Juri Hwang
You thought about sex a few minutes ago. You're thinking about it right now, and in 28 minutes you will ponder it once again. Weighing as heavily as it does on your mind, O Relatively Young One, it shouldn't surprise you that sex is a choice topic with senior citizens, too. Libido has no sell-by date, which means people who probably look just like your parents are doing it RIGHT NOW.
Backseat Bingo is a funny and poignant animated documentary about senior citizens and romance. These seniors talk frankly about dating, companionship and sexual desire. Some of the qualities they are looking for: "sexy senior seeks same," "good looking," "no Republicans please," and "someone who can dance."

Liz Blazer has worked as an art director on the Palestinian/Israeli "Sesame Street," and for two years as a special effects designer at MTV. She earned an MFA in Animation from USC.




and our featured regional premiere

WATERMARKS
[watermarks] Directed by Yaron Zilberman
REGIONAL PREMIERE
Hebrew Title: HAKOAH LISCHOT
Israel, 2004, 35mm
Time: 80 minutes
Language: Hebrew, English, German with English subtitles
Screenwriter: Yaron Zilberman, Ronen Dorfan, Yonatan Israel
Starring: Elisha Susz (Schmidt), Ann Marie Pisker (Pick), Hanni Lux (Deutsch), Greta Stanton (Wertheimer), Anni Lampl, Nanne Selinger, Trude Hirschler (Platzek)
Source: Kino International, www.Kino.com
Watermarks is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes.
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Its founders were eager to popularize sport among a community renowned for such great minds as Freud, Mahler and Zweig, but traditionally alien to physical recreation. Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe 's biggest athletic clubs, while achieving astonishing success in many diverse sports.
In the 1930s Hakoah's best-known triumphs came from its women swimmers, who dominated national competitions in Austria . After the Anschluss, in 1938, the Nazis shut down the club, but the swimmers all managed to flee the country before the war broke out, thanks to an escape operation.
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Sixty-five years later, director Yaron Zilberman meets the members of the swimming team in their homes around the world, and arranges for them to have a reunion in their old swimming pool in Vienna, a journey that evokes memories of youth, femininity, and strengthens lifelong bonds. Told by the swimmers, now in their eighties, Watermarks is about a group of young girls with a passion to be the best. It is the saga of seven outstanding athletes who still swim daily as they age with grace. Above all, it is a celebration of life.
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Watermarks visits Trude (Platcek) Hirschler, the Israeli co-chairperson of Hakoah veterans' organization; Elisheva (Schmidt) Susz, a renowned child psychotherapist from Tel-Aviv; Hanni (Deutsch) Lux who tells the story of her sister, Judith (Deutsch) Haspel, Austria's greatest swimmer who paid dearly for her refusal to compete in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Berlin; Greta (Wertheimer) Stanton, a professor of sociology from New-Jersey; the elegant Ann-Marie (Pick) [watermarks 5]


Pisker from London; Anni (Wagner) Lampl from LA who despite being visually impaired insisted on joining this reunion; and Nanne (Winter) Selinger, from New York, who was the only swimmer to return to live in Vienna; she left when Kurt Waldheim was elected president.
Yaron Zilberman is a 1994 graduate of MIT, where he received a BS in Physics and a MS in Operation Research and Finance. Yaron Zilberman brings to filmmaking a diverse background and broad perspective which ranges from science studies and international finance to building entrepreneurship and Internet technology. In the last three years, Mr. Zilberman has dedicated himself to art through filmmaking, focusing on researching, writing, directing and producing Watermarks
Winner of the Audience Awards at the 2004 Washington Jewish Film Festival and the 2004 Boston Jewish Film Festival. Best Documentary nomination - Israeli Academy Awards, 2004, and Special Mention-Viennale 2004. This film will open theatrically in New York City on January 22, 2005



IF TIME PERMITS and if it Isn't Too Risque
(held over til late at night, since there are animated puppet scenes of a graphic, sexual nature)
SHOWBIZ RABBI
[showbiz rabbi]
Directed by Jonathan Serota, Michael Morin
USA
12 minutes
Source:
A puppet film. A Hollywood rabbi arrives at the Temple for the Performing Arts and Acting, in a style reminiscent of Johnny Carson, to lead a Rosh Hashana service. A puppet Seinfeld does ha-motzi, a puppet Adam Sandler is a cantor. Warning; Contains puppet sex and nudity.









ON SATURDAY, LATE AFTERNOON, please join us for our first KidzDance, featuring independent children's films.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
5:30 PM
Temple Har Shalom
1922 Prospector Avenue, Prospector Square, Park City UTAH
We present
Havdalah candle lighting and spices
followed by KidzDance
a focus on films for Children


TODAY YOU ARE A FOUNTAIN PEN
[today you are a fountainpen][pen 1]
Directed by Dan Katzir
USA. 20 minutes.
Source: Katzir Productions, Los Angeles
Stars Len Lesser as Grandpa Sam and Quinn Meyers as Jake. Narrated by Rob Paulsen. Wolfish Hershel as the Rabbi. Set in 1989, during the historical week in which the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. The film is a poignant story about a unique relationship between a grandfather and his grandson before the boys Bar Mitzvah. The grandfather teaches the boy a small lesson about growing up, while the boy helps the grandfather, a holocaust survivor, open up and tell his story, for the first time.




CHICKEN SOUP
[chicken soup]
Director: Kenny Schneider
USA 1973
14 minutes
Source: jewishvideo.com
An elderly Jewish couple embark on the right preparation of a chicken soup



SUNDAY SUNDAE
WORLD PREMIERE
[Sunday sundae]
Director: Eva Saks
WORLD PREMIERE
USA
2005 4 minutes
Source: Eva Saks
Commissioned by Sesame Street, The story of two young boys and the sundae they prepare




HOT BAGELS. THE WHOLE STORY
[hot bagels]
Director: Nick Manning
USA 1979
12 minutes
Source: jewishvideo.com
A personable young bagel baker takes us on a guided tour through the bagel-making process, from its origins to contemporary methods. This lively, informative and tantalizing video illuminates the mysterious history and curious purpose of the chewy, doughnut-shaped roll.





KOSHER COP
[kosher cop]
Director: Leah Wolchok
USA 2003
4 minutes
Source: Leah Wolchok, CA
On the trail in Berkeley with a rabbi who makes restaurants kosher. It's all about fire, water, and unlimited cell phone minutes. Kosher Cop explores the hectic life of a Berkeley rabbi who kosherizes restaurants and production plants throughout Northern California




FALAFEL
[falafel]
Director: Avner Levona
CANADA 2003
10 minutes
Source:
A variety of falafel eaters give their opinions about the foodstuff.




I LIKE IT A LOT
[I like it alot]
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
USA
4 minutes
Source: www.jayrosenblattfilms.com
A two year and a clean white shirt.




DIVINE FOOD
100 Years in the Kosher Delicatessen trade
[divine food]
Director: Bill Chayes
USA
Source: jewishvideo.com
Through the story of one immigrant family, this informative and entertaining documentary explores the unique culture and flavor of the Jewish delicatessen. Four generations of the Oscherwitz family have operated delicatessen factories and retail stores since the 1880s. This film charts the growth of that family business into a virtual empire, while also explaining the history and traditions of the koshering process




PRAYER
[prayer]
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
USA
3 minutes
Source: www.jayrosenblattfilms.com
Director Jay Rosenblatt's contribution to the film Underground Zero, a collection of shorts related to the events of September 11th.



LA TOILETTA
[la toiletta]
Directed by Dave Goldenberg. Ridgefield, CT
USA 2002 8 minutes
Source: Appliednonsense@snet.com
An operetta about a fifth grade boy who needs a bathroom badly during a test! The epic struggle between a fifth-grader who has to go to the bathroom during a test and the teacher who stands in his way. As he pleads his case, the class takes sides, lining up behind good-hearted Sarah and Zach, the bully. The confrontation rises to a musical Gilbert and Sullivan style climax, as the students conclude that "To pee or not to pee, that is the question."




DORE DEK CHORE CHANG
MY ELEPHANT
[my elephant]
My Elephant
Directed by Sugmakanan Songyos
Thailand
A child draws an elephant in class, but the teacher does not believe he drew it without help. Do you believe him? DO you believe her?





BEAN CAKE
[beancake]
Directed by David Greenspan
Japan
12 min, b&w
Japanese with English Subtitles
Source: SweetRedBeanCake@yahoo.com or University of Southern California c.o: Sandrine Faucher Cassidy E-mail: cassidy@cinema.usc.edu
On his first day of school, Taro learns that there are some things more important than his favorite snack.
Winner of a Palme d'Or for best short film at the Festival de Cannes. (such nachas)

Please note that David's newest dark comedy film, MALL COP, will premiere this week at our neighboring film festival, SLAMDANCE. Mazel Tov to David. See below for the times his film will be shown at SlamDance.


MATISYAHU
[matisyahu]
Directed by: David Baugnon
USA
12 min
English
Source: site: www.davidbaugnon.com
Matisyahu (Matthew in Hebrew) is a Hasidic Reggae/Beat Box/Rapper whose performances meld Jewish tradition with modern sounds, creating a new form of spiritual expression. This documentary follows Matisyahu as he performs in New York City and explains his conversion to Hasidism and his mission to ignite spirituality in others with his music.


JAI YEN COOL HEART
[jai Yen] [jai Yen 2]
Director: Daniel Howard
USA
15 minutes
Source: Downtown Community Television, 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013 Web: http://www.dctvny.org
Daniel Howard, a young teen who lives in a poor Brooklyn housing project, traveled to Laos with a group called Where There Be Dragons. In this part of his film, Jai Yen, it shows him traveling around, visiting with many different villages and people. He visits with his friend Ket Kao, a Buddhist monk temple in Luang Prabang where he studies with the young monks and creates a sculpture to be placed on top of a Buddhist temple, Kamu Village where he stays with the [jai Yen 3]
village headman's family and works in the rice fields with the villagers, and a luck ceremony with the whole village on the night before his departure. The film brings up issues of communication across barriers of language and culture and how being open to exploring different cultures can provide you with meaningful and fun experiences in your life. On his trip, it is to enjoy the simple things in life that Daniel takes away as his ultimate lesson.

Also, Daniel is in Park City this weekend as a guest of the Sundance Lab, which is recognizing his skills as a young filmmaker, and Sundance, which will screen his latest documentary on growing up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn




TUNANOODA
[tunanooda]
[tunanooda] Directed by David Zackin
USA
Source: Dave Zackin 459 3rd Ave Brooklyn NY 11215 djzackin@hotmail.com
Jewish narrative traditions are played out through food preparation as an old man entertains his grandson over lunch in this charming animated short. A grandfather tells a big fish story to his grandson as an oral tradition is played out through food preparation. Tunanooda uses two and three dimensional animation as well as real food to explore connections between eating and storytellingWhat was the inspiration for Tunanooda? David was spending a lot of time with a great uncle. He would talk for hours about his cats and my mind would wander. The film tells a similar story, but focuses a lot more on eating, as Dave likes food, and does not like cats. Also, he only really knows how to draw old men, so he was working with a limited palette as far as character design. I used the most limited forms of animaton with no one ever walking or moving too gracefully. To counter this, I tried to edit on action with a headturn and cut every few seconds and used three frame cycles to imply motion even in shots where not much was happening.



A DIFFERENT WAR
[different war]
Director: Nadav Gal
Israel 2004 15 minutes
Hebrew, w/Eng. Subtitles
Source: Ruth Diskin
Jerusalem, As the intifada rages, the Jewish residents of Gilo live shielded behind walls. Nuni has been chosen to play King David in his fourth-grade school play. His teacher wants him to be an aggressive leader with his sword, and kill with toughness. But Nuni has his own battle to perform. He would rather play the part of the princess, and must show his brother that there are many forms of toughness in life.








9:30. A Short Film
[9-30]
DIR: Yong Mun Chee
USA 10 min.
Chan Kin Fai flies to Los Angeles from Singapore to forget the person he loves. He doesn't manage to forget. He ends up calling his love everyday at 9:30 Singapore Time. A story about a man's intense longing and his futile attempt to put it to an end. An allegory for life in the diaspora??







Our goals are to provide an Oneg Shabbat in Park City during the film festival period each January for congregants, residents, visitors, filmmakers, film industry personnel, film aficionados, members of the press, and everybody else (e.g., a Sundance minyan);
[harshalom] to conform to the religious and social goals of Temple Har Shalom;
and to promote and highlight the recent undistributed works of new filmmakers.


Note: So as not to detract from the hard work by the other more established film festivals in Park City to obtain financing and sponsors, SchmoozeDance accepts NO large sponsorships, except from JewishFilm.com, Temple Har Shalom, Heeb Magazine, He'brew: The Chosen Beer
and other non-competing enterprises.

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SchmoozeDance is a fan of other film festivals, and we support the official sponsors of those festivals. Jewish Films and Films of Jewish Interest that are being screened at Sundance and Slamdance in January 2005, include:

FILMS OF JEWISH INTEREST AT SUNDANCE 2005:
http://festival.sundance.org/2005/docs/05sun_FG_films.pdf
For the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, 2,613 feature films were submitted for consideration, including 1,385 U.S. feature films and 1,228 international feature films. These numbers represent an increase from 2004, when 2,485 feature films were submitted, with 1,285 coming from the United States and 1,200 from abroad. This year's Festival includes films from 26 countries around the globe, including Angola, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Portugal. Festival films screen in 10 sections: Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Premieres, American Spectrum, Frontier, Park City at Midnight, Special Screenings, and Sundance Collection. The Sundance Film Festival will screen a total of 120 feature films, including 87 world premieres, nine North American premieres, and 19 U.S. premieres. As the premier showcase for American independent film, and an important new platform for international independent film, the Festival screens films that embody risk-taking, diversity, and aesthetic innovation.
If these 120 films, the following are of special interest to Jewish film afficionados:


"Wall" (U.S. premiere)
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WALL is the eye-opening documentary by Simone Bitton about the massive wall that is being built by the Sharon government to divide the Palestine territories from Israel. It screened at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and won three prizes this year: the GRAND PRIX at the Marseilles Documentary Festival, BEST FILM at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the FIRST PRIZE at the Pesaro Film Festival. Simone Bitton, who is an Arab Jew, presents this meditation on the separation fence in Israel-Palestine that imprisons one people while enclosing the other. Jews and Arabs are interviewed, many off camera, in addition to IDF representatives. Is it a land grab? Is it for security? Is is a false sense of security? Will this create definite boundaries in places that were once fluid and without distinct separations?

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Bitton uses no traditional voice-over, just interviews with people living on both sides of the wall, explaining what has happened. Their moods vary from anger to resignation, but also humor and hope, as the wall separates them from their land or their work and does not follow a line agreed by both sides. One of the most interesting features is that it is never clear on which side of the wall the interviews are held. Both sides are presented, and both sides have many arguments against the wall. The only formal interview is with General Amos Yaron of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, responsible for erecting the wall, who claims that the 'costly and less than ideal' solution to the problem is the lesser of all evils. Surrounded by Israeli flags on both sides of his desk, Amos Yaron quietly explains his intentions. The Wall, he says, is an efficient way to stop Palestinian terrorists spreading their terror inside Israel -- and also to prevent them considering Israel as an inexhaustible source of goods to steal, especially cars and agricultural machinery. He boasts that 500 trucks, scrapers, and bulldozers are working daily to move millions of cubic metres of earth. This project, "one of the biggest ever realised in Israel", costs $2m per km, the project costs for the 500 km Wall is 1bn$.
DIRECTOR: Simone Bitton
COUNTRY: France/Israel
January 22, 25, 26, 27



"The Aristocrats" (world premiere)
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One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke -- one shared privately by comics since vaudeville. Directed by fellow Penn grad and Mask and Wigger, Paul Provenza (of Dr Pepper, you're a pepper, I'm a pepper fame)
DIRECTOR: Paul Provenza
FILMMAKER: Penn Jillette
Production Company: Mighty Cheese Productions
Cast includes: Drew Carey, George Carlin, Billy Connolly, Jason Alexander, Chris Rock, Roseann, Spinal Tap, Phyllis Diller, Adam Sandler, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner, Bill Maher, Penn & Teller, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Jon Stewart, Peter Tilden, Bruce Vilanch, and Robin Williams
If you want to see SouthPark do the joke, you can look at the link below, but beware
www.spschat.com/RareMedia/videos/southparkjoke-thearistocrats.wmv
Jan 22, 25, 26, 27, 28


"Protocols of Zion" (world premiere)
[ ] [ ] Filmmaker Marc Levin, a secular Humanist Jew, sets out to understand and challenge those who believe the Jews were responsible for the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Marc was alarmed by the increase in anti Jewish sentiments. He explores the idea that Jews are after world domination. He speaks with the street prophets who tell him that the Jews were behind 9/11; with the mastermind behind an Aryan separatist website; to Christian Evangelical leaders; to Kabbalists; to rallying Palestinian kids; parading peaceniks, Holocaust deniers and Holocaust survivors. Meanwhile, America and England invade Iraq, the Malaysian PM decries Zionists, fights erupt in the Middle East, Arabic TV stations dramatize the "Zionist plot," Mel Gibson releases The Passion of the Christ, and violence reignites in Palestine/Israel. The impulse to point the finger of blame has never been stronger, and this film has never been more relevant or crucial as a reminder that hate only breeds more hate.
DIRECTOR: Marc Levin
PRODUCER: Marc Levin and Steven Kalafer
Music by John Zorn
January 21, 22, 23, 29.

"The Squid and the Whale" (world premiere)
[ ] Set in 1986 Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Berkman family goes through a divorce and painful truths about the marriage come to light. The middle aged dad is a fading Jewish academic, whose pretensions drive his behavior, but not in some sort or anti intellectual cliché that is found in other films. His wife is becoming a literary star, as his fame wanes. The 16 year old and 12 year old sons are caught in the crossfire as the family begins to deconstruct. The patriarch (Jeff Daniels) of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but he has settled into a teaching job. When his wife (Laura Linney) discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family, leaving two teenage sons to forge new relationships with their parents. Linney's character begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, Daniels' character has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing.
DIRECTOR & WRITER: Noah Baumbach
81 minutes
CAST: Laura Linney, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Anna Paquin, Billy Baldwin, Halley Feifer


"Odessa Odessa" (world premiere)
[ ] A voyage from the Ukraine to New York to Israel portraying the wanderings, hopes and illusions of the vanishing Odessa Jewish community.
For the uprooted, "home" can mean an elusive yearning for a former place and time. Odessa Odessa elegantly captures the essence of nostalgia as experienced by elderly Jews born in Odessa, Ukraine. Like a three-verse melancholy song, this documentary is a poetic journey from Odessa to Brighton Beach, New York, to Ashdod, Israel, maneuvering among characters who summon feelings of Odessa through memory and music.
On Odessa's vacant streets, neglected buildings suggest a glorious past. Here a few very old women reminisce, in a mix of Yiddish and Russian, about World War II, their ideologies, and their vibrant youths. With their city nearly emptied of Jewish life, it is as if they live in the Odessa of fantasy. In Brighton Beach, the vibrancy that must once have filled Odessa pulses along the boardwalks. But even as the immigrants praise America, there is an overwhelming sense of displacement embodied by the incessant rumbling of the above-ground train. In sun-bleached Ashdod, the Odessans express disappointment that, while in Russia they were considered Jews, here in the "promised land" they are forever Russians--outsiders. Their supposed homeland has become Diaspora. Drawing out subtle meanings through stunning, lyrical photography and the metaphor of a timeless traveler who guides us over the sea from continent to continent, Odessa Odessa evokes profound truths about the soul of the Jewish people and the wider experience of exile. - Caroline Libresco
DIRECTOR: Michale Boganim
COUNTRY: Israel/France
Source: mobydickfilms@club-internet.fr



"Rock School"
[ ] The story of the Paul green School of Rock Music for Philadelphia teenagers who want to be rockers. Green - a 31-year old, cagey looking former grunge rocker, is a fellow Penn Philosophy major who loves classic rock; he started his school in 1996, transforming a dentist's office into a glorified practice space. He currently has 110 students amd 14 teachers (there are about 20 more boys than girls). He says, "I'm real tough with the kids"; he says, "You want to learn how to play rock music? Learn the first three Black Sabbath albums and the first five Led Zeppelin albums, and there you go. That's where everything comes from." Green also holds forth in a new class at the school he calls, "Philosophy for Ungrateful Teenagers." Green is trying to create continuity beyond the music by recommending books to read and movies to watch, to discuss how everything relates to everything else. About teaching music he says, "If you just practice and focus your energies, you can create a set of skills, and with those skills, find your independent voice." He pays the rent by charging $100 monthly tuition; those who can't afford the fee are often placed 'tin scholarship." Green (who has the sort of deranged, laserlike intensity of would-be filmmaker Marc Borchardt from American Movie) used to give private guitar lessons in the attic of a local music store, but he says that an open, communal practice space helps the kids learn faster and more eagerly. His pupils agree-for the most part.
DIRECTOR: Don Argott
COUNTRY: USA



"Mardi Grad: Made In China "
[ ] Follows the trail of Mardi Gras beads from their factory in China to New Orleans. The story of economic Globalism and inequities. In English and Shinese w/ English Subtitles
DIRECTOR: David Redmon
Jan 24, 25, 26, 27, 28




U.S. SHORT FILMS
Dramatic Shorts
"American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis" (Director: Cam Archer)
A look at the all too fast and seemingly forgotten life of former child star, Jonathan Brandis. Part narrative, part documentary, the film looks into Jonathan's unexplained recent suicide, as well as the events which led up to it. Narrated by Lydia Lunch

"West Bank Story" (Director: Ari Sandel)
http://www.westbankstory.com
PHOTOS REMOVED
PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBPAGE FOR MORE INFO
Please note the this short won an Oscar in February 2007








Animated Shorts
"A Buck's Worth" (Director: Tatia Rosenthal, An animator for Nickelodeon's BLUE'S CLUES, Tatia Rosenthal embarked on her childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker after serving two years in the Israeli Defense Force, trying her hand at medical school, and studying photography in Paris.)




INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Documentary Shorts
"Meet Michael Oppenheim," Israel (Director: Roni Abulafia)
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Source: Ruthfilms.com
Michael Shlomo Oppenheim is one year old. Through a series of family portraits, we get a picture of the people, the exploits and the genes that brought Michael to the world and the world to Michael. Faces that tell together the story of the Jews in the twentieth century and the story of the State of Israel. The face of all of us: fighters, victims, human beings.




BALLET RUSSES
A film by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
about the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo represents, above all, a saga of human indomitability and courage. The names and histories of those dancers -- Alicia Markova (now 93), Maria Tallchief, Irina Baronova and Tatiana Riabouchinska (two of the three celebrated "baby ballerinas"), Nathalie Krassovska, Yvonne Chouteau, Frederic Franklin, Mia Slavenska, Marc Platt and George Zoritch, to cite the most prominent -- add up to a chronicle of ballet in the 20th century. Within that span, the art of classical dance traveled from its home in czarist Russia to what many observers deemed its logical destination in the United States. These people made it happen.


FILMS OF JEWISH INTEREST AT SLAMDANCE 2005:
See Slamdance.com

MALL COP
Directed by: David Greenspan
Produced by: Andrew Louca
Kathleen Robertson stars as a security guard at a Albuquerque shopping mall (Winrock) who befriends her predecessor when he returns to the scene after being fired for a burglary which occurred on his watch. Also stars Derek Cecil, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Searcy, and J. Barton. Selena Chang and Matthew Reynolds wrote the screenplay.

I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE
A Work In Progress
Directed by Michael Franti
USA
This film will close the Slamdance Festival. Filmed entirely on location in Iraq and the Palestinian Authority areas during the summer and fall of 2004, the film is a personal diary of one man's journey to discover the 'truth' of the US war in Iraq and the war between Israel and Palestine.

ON THE OUTS
Directors: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik
The lives of three New Jersey girls from the same Latino neighbourhood intersect briefly in prison, giving us a powerful cross-section of their unique slice of America. Totally eschewing the clichéd representations of ghetto life and featuring astonishing, authentic performances from their young actors, filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik have made one of the year's most extraordinary films.



ABEL RAISES CAIN
Directors: Jennifer Abel & Jeff Hockett
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A documentary about the famed media hoaxster, Alan Abel, or Westport CT, who has played jokes on the media for over 40 years, including his wife running for the White House as Yetta Bronstein, and Phil Donahue's fainting audience.


COMMUNE
Director: Jonathan Berman
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Cal State Professor Berman, who gave us THE SHVITZ, offers up this new documentary, the story of a wilderness community and their experiments in creating a new way to live. Spanning from 1968 through today, the film suggests the value in trying to change the world and the pitfalls of going over the edge, ending as a plea for continued responsible social activism.

SHEOL
Directed By: Rubén Möller
Genre: Animation
Length: 10 minutes 30 seconds
Country: Canada
The Hebrew word for cave, sheol, means the place under the earth where departed spirits are believed to go.


LOWER EAST SIDE STORIES
Directed by: Liselle Mei
Length: 54 min.
This dramatic short feature is presented in a series of four sequential portraits of women living in the Lower East Side of New York City. Resident filmmaker, Liselle Mei, presents these characters' individual struggles against the unique social and cultural backdrop of a changing neighborhood that faces mass urban development


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****CALL FOR ENTRIES****
5th Annual SchmoozeDance Jewish FILM FESTIVAL
The 5th Annual SchmoozeDance Jewish Film Festival is now accepting entries. SchmoozeDance 2005 will be held in Park City Utah, January 21-22, 2005. The festival showcases new independent American and international Jewish-subject cinema. We are committed to giving exposure to new, established, and student filmmakers (who weren't selected for other Park City festivals) during the week when many distributors and producers descend on Park City for some complementary festivals. In 2005, we plan to add a section for youth oriented films. Prizes are awarded, and industry professionals are invited to attend.

IN 2005.. we will show a sidebar of CHILDREN'S FILMS on Saturday afternoon, January 22.
Recently selected films in the past festivals included: THE SOPRANOWITZES, MANHOOD, DO THEY CATCH CHILDREN TOO? , BERLIN BESHERT, THE NOSE JOB JEW, KOSHER, WONTONS AND HAMENTASCHEN, and THE JOEL FILES (Billy Joel).

In the past, the Festival's audience has included Park City and Utah residents, members of the clergy, skiers, film distributors, and other industry professionals in Park City for Sundance and SlamDance. The increasing scope of the Festival increases the diversity of the audience each year.

Entries must be submitted on VHS or DVD. Cassettes must be NTSC format only
There is no entry fee this year.

Festival Contact: Larry Mark, JewFilm@aol.com
Website: www.Jewishfilm.com
Address for entries:
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