Friday, June 23, 2006

And so my films continue touring the world.
The first screening will be at the 30th Atlanta International Film Festival, and afterwards, the official US premiere will be at the San Francisco International Jewish Film Festival.

I started noticing that there's already press for the premiere of my latest film at the San Francisco International Jewish Film Festival - The largest Jewish Film Festival in the world.

San Francisco International Film Festival :

Screening Dates:
Theatre Date Time Ticket Code
Castro Theatre Jul 24 3:50 PM Buy Now
Mountain View Century Cinema 16 Jul 31 4:15 PM Buy Now
Roda Theatre (at Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Aug 02 6:30 PM Buy Now
Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Traveling Jewish Theatre

I've also noticed that the film is starting to get buzz in the San Fran Websites :
Here's an interesting link :

Here's the article from the San Francisco Music News:

Music Films at a Jewish Festival

Michael Tilson Thomas is the most prominent, but not the only, champion of preserving memories of Yiddish theater, musicals, and music. At the upcoming 26th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (July 20-27 in San Francisco's Castro Theater; July 29 – August 5 in Berkeley's Roda Theater; and August 5-7 in the San Rafael Film Center), there will be ample documentation of the subject.

The festival — the oldest and largest such event in the world — will present the U.S. premiere of Dan Katzir's Yiddish Theater: A Love Story, about Zypora Spaisman, founder-director of Folksbiene, one of the 12 Yiddish theaters thriving in New York City as recently as the 1940s. (Spaisman died in 2002.) Playwright/opera librettist Tony Kushner is the subject of Freida Lee Mock's documentary, Wrestling With Angels (the title referring to Kushner's best-known work, Angels in America).

With an astonishing list of big names from a small corner of New York City's Lower East Side — for starters, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Sophie Tucker, Molly Picon, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, the Marx Brothers, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw — it was easy pickings for Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir's From Shtetl to Swing to depict "a vast heritage of Yiddish music and culture, taking 20th century American entertainment on a musical joyride." The film is narrated by actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein.

A Voice Without a Face is Assaf Basson's loving tribute to his father, exploring the double life of his Iraqi Jewish father, a renowned singer of Arabic music and an agent for Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. The film ventures into the rhythm-filled realm of Iraqi Jews in Israel, who brought their love of Arabic cadences with them when they immigrated in the 1950s. Assaf's father, Yitzhak Basson, who performed under the name of Magdi, sang only on the radio in order to preserve his anonymity.

Vladimir Mashkov's Papa is a Russian period drama centering on the antagonistic relationship between Abraham (played by Mashkov), a poor Jewish Ukrainian businessman, and his son David, a rising musical prodigy. Mashkov captures the refined world of the conservatory and Moscow in the 1930s — a tenuous atmosphere where party protocol is critical to success and even survival. A feature-length documentary, Blues by the Beach, is about an Anglo-American bar and live blues club located on a Tel Aviv beach, bombed in a suicide attack that coincided with the filming of what was to be an examination of daily life in the city.

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