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My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

The 24th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival Returns

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Manhattan is an island awash in film festivals. If there are new movies with a thematic niche, chances are there's a film festival with a clever lineup of screenings -- and film junkies lining up outside -- somewhere the city.

'Big Bad' Israeli Film

Julie Gray | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
Julie Gray

American film aficionados (and Academy members) seem predisposed to view Israeli film in a specific light -- that of the conflict. That makes sense. It's sensational, tragic and ongoing. But this leaves American audiences with a skewed view.

Boycotting the Messenger

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Moshen Makhmalbaf's film The Gardner opened in New York this weekend. His films revolutionized Iranian cinema and he became world renowned as a master. Makhmalbaf is not a run-of-the-mill filmmaker, he believes that the art of cinema as a vehicle to change culture.

Israeli Cinema's Breakthrough -- Stories From Within

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

This week, The Israel Film Center Festival opens in New York City with over a dozen premiere Israeli films. Over the last decade, Israel has become a major international player in the world of film.

A World of Too Many Film - Gems at the Tribeca Film Festival

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Over the years, Tribeca has had a hard time finding its voice in the film world. At times it seemed lost between overtly commercial selections and second-rate art-house films. Tribeca is still searching for its voice in the vast film festival market.

"The Gatekeepers"and Shin Bet Deliver the Goods

Erica Abeel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Israel has quickly become an entertainment powerhouse that has given us In Treatment and the original Homeland, along with the two marvelous films that made the NYFF. We eagerly await the latest from Ari Folman. His Waltz with Bashir was also distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

Yossi Looks at a Closeted Gay Man in Israeli Society

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.21.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

In a sequel of sorts to his 2003 Yossi and Jagger, Fox follows a dead man walking who returns, spiritually and physically, to the living.

Sephardic Film Festival: From Spanish Expulsion to Vidal Sassoon

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

New York's annual Sephardic Film Festival is always a tasty treat. First and foremost, it provides us with a cinematic kaleidoscope of the destinies ...

With Eyes Wide Open, Confronting Orthodox Judaism's Gay Taboo

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Israeli Director Haim Tabakman has decided to break the taboo of silence in Eyes Wide Open, his first film, a stunning drama of two ultra Orthodox men who chance to fall in love.

Israel's Arabs -- A Cinematic Voice in New York

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

National schizophrenia has become an obsession for the Israeli Arab community -- and to the benefit of Israeli cinema, the subject matter of a growing number of increasingly fine films.