A majority of American Jews has never stepped foot in Israel, according to the 2012 survey of American Jewish Opinion conducted by the American Jewish Committee. So outside of news items about the latest political machinations and security threats, how does this group form impressions of Israel?
Over the past two decades, Jewish and Israeli film festivals showcasing Israel’s growing output of both feature and documentary films seem to be filling the bill.
Two years into making a full-length documentary, which will have its New York premiere Saturday night, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain realized what was missing.
“I watched all the footage” for the project, about what it means to be connected in the 21st century, “and saw that it was all about ideas, it was all about the head and not about the heart. I wasn’t exploring emotional connectedness.”
When Rick Schwartz left his job last February as vice president of production for Miramax Films, the epitome of cutting-edge film production, friends and colleagues questioned his decision, if not his sanity. Why would Schwartz, a soft-spoken fellow in his mid-30s who grew up in a Modern Orthodox home in Teaneck, N.J., and now sends his young children to a Jewish day school in Englewood, want to walk away from the company founded and headed by the Weinstein brothers, Harvey and Bob?