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LAJewish Film Festival -- Curtis to Curtiz and Roth on Roth

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with a footnote on Woody Allen by Alex Deleon for <www.filmfestivals.con>   This year's ninth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film festival with the cooperation of the widely read Jewish Journal Weekly was better organized than in previous years and had an unusually strong selection of films.  Films are, of course, chosen on the basis of having some connection with Jewishness, director, subject matter, or whatever, and are aimed at a primarily Jewish audience, which can be pretty...

This is mamie today, at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival !

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LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH TONY CURTIS DOC AND MAMIE VAN DOREN APPEARANCE  by Alex Deleon for http://www.filmfestivals.com/ The seventh edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) opened on May 4 at the plush Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills with a feature length documentary on  recently deceased Jewish actor Tony Curtis and a Gala reception at which another legendary youth idol and sex symbol of the fifties, Mamie Van Doren, was the...

"An Article of Hope" opens at LA Jewish Film Festival 2011

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   “An Article of Hope” at 6th Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival touches all humanity By Ron Gilbert   I was extremely moved by this documentary which goes way beyond the Jewish community and is an inspiration to all races and religions. In addition to having astronaut Buzz Aldrin present to discuss his feelings about this film were a moment that all of us were extremely fortunate to experience. Director Dan Cohen was inspired 7 years ago when he re...

The 6th edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opens on May 5th

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2011 Film Selections Online Tickets Now Available!2011 Highlights 2011 Film Categories CONFLICTS and ISSUES TRADITION and IDENTITY HISTORY and LEGACY INSPIRATION CONFLICTS and ISSUES He's My Girl (La Folle Histoired'Amour de Simon Eskenazy) Los Angeles Premiere! Comedy/France/100 minutes/2009 Written & Directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann Starring Antoine de Caunes, Mehdi Dehbi and Elsa Zylberstein French with English subtitles Based on th...

Fifth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opened

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FIFTH LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL"We don't select -- we Choose!" by Alex DeleonThe fifth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opened a six day run on Saturday, May 8, at the classy Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills with a very off-beat film from Israel, "A Matter of Size", about Hebrew speaking Sumo wrestlers (!) and an hour long Gala stars-of-yesteryear studded reception in the lobby preceding the screening. The film was exceptional and the array of celebrities at the recep...

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: A MATTER OF SIZE Opens Huge

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LOS ANGELES, CA: LAJFF ROCKS THE HOUSE WITH "SUMO" WRESTLERS FROM... ISRAEL?! By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Can you believe this for a festival opener:  a bunch of guys in Israel go FULL MONTY meets KARATE (ADULT) KID? That's what happened 8 May at the Writer's Guild Theater on Doheny when the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (8 - 13 May) rolled into town this week.A MATTER OF SIZE stars some plus-sized Israeli head-bangers who decide to parlay their heft ...

Interview with the LA Jewish Film Fest Director

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Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlightStephanie RONNET: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background?Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre. But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opp...

Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlight

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Stephanie RONNET:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background? Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre.  But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to participate in many film festivals and meet hugely talented people...

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival AWARDS

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The third annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF)is pleased to announce the audience award winners for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film. Lynn Roth’s The Little Traitor won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Based on Panther in the Basement by world-renowned novelist, Amos Oz, the movie takes place a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy, a spirited 11 year old militant wants the occupying imperialists off his land. What starts as a...

Making Trouble at the LA Jewish Film Fest

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Making Trouble, the acclaimed documentary about legendary funny Jewish women that has received standing ovations and rave reviews across the country, is coming to the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30pm. Joan Rivers will be honored with the Marlene Adler Marks MorningStar Award before the screening of film."A standing ovation for performers who have earned one," says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Making Trouble profiles six Jewish women who struggled and sacrifice...

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival ready for start

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The third annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) kicks off May 8th by commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel with the Los Angeles premiere of Lynn Roth’s The Little Traitor. The Festival will honor Theodore Bikel with a special award on Opening Night and Joan Rivers with the Marlene Adler Marks Woman of Inspiration Award, presented by the MorningStar Commission, on a special evening during the festival.“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate...

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