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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Here's What Family Values Really Look Like

George Heymont | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the joys of watching world cinema is that it takes you outside your standard frames of reference. In some cases this means stories with fewer guns, gore, and explosions. In other situations, it simply means that the influence of Jesus is never a given.

Trying to Put a Ring on It

George Heymont | Posted 04.17.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A gay film from Israel presents a hair-raising depiction of the obstacles faced by two gay men who quickly fall in love despite the fact that they are surrounded by the kind of tribal hatred as old as the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.

Finding the Funny

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two recent low-budget productions demonstrated the trickiness of trying to wrestle a complicated story filled with complex characters into a manageable format that can hold its audience's attention while keeping to a reasonable time frame.

Hit the Road, Jack

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Today's action adventure films are so full of explosions and special effects that there is little opportunity to imagine what might be going on in the hearts and minds of their major characters

Agents of Change

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The 2013 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival included documentaries about two men with as much chutzpah as blood flowing through their veins. While not an international celebrity, each is a heroic figure in his own right.

Impossible Dreams

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While it's possible that those who aspire to less enjoy life more, I have no doubt that every generation of humanity has had its ass kicked by reality.

Doing It for the Children

George Heymont | Posted 11.23.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

So far this year, HBO has screened two films of social significance which deserve the public's attention. One will, of course, be an easier sell to audiences because of its high quotient of celebrity content. The other begs to tell a far more riveting story.

They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco

George Heymont | Posted 09.12.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Coming up at this month's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is a wonderful new documentary entitled American Jerusalem which details the history of the Jews who helped to build San Francisco (from the days of the California Gold Rush and up to the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition).

Racing Against the Clock

George Heymont | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

How does the burden of honoring one's promise complement efforts to adapt sustainable approaches to farming and fishing?

Cantankerous Old Coots

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Retirement often brings out the strangest passions in men. While some may join the Tea Party movement and use its activities as a vehicle for venting their frustrations, others take to volunteer work or seek out mentoring opportunities.

Never Forget

George Heymont | Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Jews will often invoke the phrase "Never Forget" as a way of stressing that memories of the past must not be stolen from us. Three films screened at the 2012 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival focus on moments that should not be forgotten.

Teachable Moments

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

As someone who enjoys wordplay, I have always been partial to the following moment at the end of Act I of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical thriller entitled Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

George Heymont | Posted 11.26.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The "power of one" is often unavoidable. One is also the term used to designate a person's singularity. Popular slogans such as "One person, one vote" and "One for all and all for one" have become a part of our political landscape.

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

George Heymont | Posted 10.04.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In just a few short weeks, the world will observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Even though Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, pa...

Frozen in Time

George Heymont | Posted 09.28.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

How do we honor the dead artistically? In some cases, we commission artists and architects to erect monuments to the memories of those we have lost.

PHOTOS: Oscar-Winning Heartthrob Takes The Stage At Castro Theatre

Jennifer Raiser for Drew Altizer | Posted 09.25.2011 | San Francisco

By Jennifer Raiser for Drew Altizer Once a heartthrob, always a heartthrob. That was the sentiment amongst the "Spartacus"-fans who lined up at the...

Three Women: Profiles in Courage

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when Jan & Dean scored a huge hit with their song, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena," listeners quickly fell in love with the refrain "Go g...