Dan Janvey, a 28-year-old New Yorker and producer of the film sensation of the summer, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” was part of a team that spent three and a half years making the movie in southern Louisiana for less than $1.5 million, astoundingly low in today’s world of movie making. What’s more, it stars two people with no professional acting experience – a captivating five-year-old girl and, playing her father, a local Louisiana baker who had to be persuaded to take the role.
The Six-Day War in 1967 was a brilliant military victory, a turning point in Israel’s history. Similar glory by Americans on the battlefield no doubt would have led to the production of a half-dozen films with John Wayne single-handedly wiping out the Arab armies.
Yet the Israeli film industry has never made a feature on the ‘67 war. Now two American producers are coming forward to remedy the omission.
Pierre Sauvage has focused as a filmmaker on Jewish subjects. He owes his life to the good people of Le Chambon, France, who saved him as a child, along with many others, during the Holocaust. His 1989 film, Weapons of the Spirit, documents their story.
Nothing quite gets the public going like a Spielberg movie. Even if you hate his movies (not that I do), it's hard to avoid the excitement they engender. Especially come Christmas. This year, Spielberg's big holiday release, you may have heard, is "The Adventures of Tintin," an animated 3D film about the legendary children's book. And this year, I'm predicting a minor controversy about it.
In ‘Girlfriend,’ a film directed by high school buddy Justin Lerner, Evan Sneider plays a character much like himself.
Three years ago, when Justin Lerner decided to give his friend, Evan Sneider, an actor with Down syndrome, a small role in his master’s thesis film, he did not know Sneider would eventually become critical to the launch of his own career.
Ma’aleh film school explores, embraces Orthodox-Zionist live
Many Jewish artists pride themselves on having empathy for the “the other,” even — especially – for Palestinians.
For example, “Miral,” a film released earlier this year, shows a Palestinian girl living under an Israeli occupation depicted as absolutely brutal. The director, Julian Schnabel, a Jew, was quoted as saying that he had “a personal Jewish responsibility” to make such a film, which was distributed by Harvey Weinstein, who’s Jewish, too.
Satisfying and poignant, ‘The Names of Love’ rises above the constraints of its genre.
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The original French title of the new comedy “The Names of Love,” which opens on June 24, was “Le Nom des Gens.” That loosely translates as “the name of people” and, for a film that is very much about the nature of identity and self-definition, it is a more apt title. On the other hand, since the film is a sweet-natured romantic comedy, maybe things are best left as they are.