Category: New Films

Fabulous Fixer

From Tablet Magazine ‘Norman,’ starring Richard Gere, is an absorbing film about a Jewish connector who’s looking for an honest piece of the action—and finds one …They get nothing wrong. Richard Gere’s accent, old New York Jewish faded with the decades and lunches cadged at the Four Seasons; the boxy,...

A New Web Series Coming ‘Soon By You’

From the New York Jewish Week Creator Leah Gottfried describes the focus on Modern Orthodox singles in NYC as a mix of “Friends” and “Srugim.” It’s a refrain all too familiar to many young, single, Orthodox Jews, recited by concerned family members and newly married friends as a kind of...

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia’s Other Jews

From Jewniverse A new film, Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia, is underway about a community, much of which has migrated to the Kechene neighborhood of Addis Ababa. Made by Russian-born Israeli musician and ethnomusicologist Irene Orleansky, the film promises to be a fascinating look at the history, contemporary struggles, and...

8 Jewish Movies Premiering at Sundance

From Forward: There’s a lot of amazing Jewish movies coming out of Sundance Festival this year. The popular film festival is in its 28th year, and is starting on Thursday, January 21st, in Park City, Utah. From documentaries about Jewish settlers to full feature dramas from the heart of New...

Baba Joon, Israel’s First Persian-Language Oscar Entry

From Jewniverse: As director Yuval Delshad says in his director’s statement, “The immigrant generation holds on to the familiar with all of their might…The younger generation, however, seeks out a new path.” Delshad is definitely clearing a new path for his Iranian-Israeli heritage. Baba Joon, the first Israeli film in...

Barbie Origins Movie in the Works With Reese Witherspoon

From Variety: Reese Witherspoon is developing, and potentially starring in, a movie about the origins of the Barbie doll. Witherspoon will produce with partner Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner. The duo is teaming with Bold Films, which will finance. The two companies optioned the movie rights to Robin...