The life and ‘manic cinema’ of the buzz-generating filmmaking duo.
Special To The Jewish Week
What makes a filmmaker’s work Jewish?
Benny Safdie, at 24 the younger half of a filmmaking duo with his brother Josh, earnestly asserts that the Jewishness of the two pervades their work, and this critic tends to agree with him. That work is the subject of a current program at BAMCinemathek that includes not only their two features and many shorts but also films that influenced them.
Safdie also readily admits that he’d be hard put to identify Jewishy specifics from their small but significant output.
It took filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman 50 years to return to his hometown neighborhood of Kew Gardens. But when he finally did, he found that his old friends and classmates — who were raised in the shadow of the Shoah — had grown up to make big contributions to American society.