The Screen Writers Guild of Israel joined Jewish television and film writers in calling out Writers Guild of America (WGA). Deadline reported on Saturday evening that the WGA didn’t release a statement because they couldn’t find consensus. I’m sorry but how does guild leadership not find consensus in condemning a barbaric act of terror by Hamas. Is this really how they feel about Jewish lives at a time when antisemitism is skyrocketing across the globe?!?…"WGA Called Out By Screen Writers Guild of Israel"
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has been criticized in an open letter and during Variety‘s Antisemitism Summit for their silence. The fact that many WGA members have taken to penning an open letter is very telling. Here’s an excerpt of the open letter: When it comes to taking a stand, the Writers Guild of America has always led by example. When employers sought to exploit our work, the Guild bravely spoke up. When the…"WGA Needs To Release a Statement About the Hamas Attack on Israel"
Yoav Shamir’s film, Defamation, first came out in 2009 but one can only wonder what the documentary would look like today. It’s been really hard watching much of anything over the last week. All I can do is really keep watching the news, refresh for updates, and think about my family and friends living in Israel. While there are flare-ups every few years, this time is different. Hamas just invaded Israel and murdered over a…"Defamation – Antisemitism: The Movie"
The Walt Disney Company announced that it is sending $2 million in humanitarian relief following the Hamas attacks on Israel. Following memos to staff and the Shalom BERG group, Disney released the following statement on Thursday: Following the deadly Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, The Walt Disney Company is donating $2 million to organizations that are providing humanitarian relief in the region. “In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks targeting Jews in Israel this…"Disney Donates $2 Million For Humanitarian Relief After Hamas Attacks Israel"
The Hollywood studios have begun speaking out and condemned the recent Hamas attacks and are standing with Israel. Paramount Global was the first studio to release a public statement in a post on Instagram. “Paramount Global condemns the terrorist attacks by Hamas. We stand with the people of Israel and the global Jewish community. We stand with all the innocent lives impacted. We stand with the children who deserve to be children. We stand united…"Hollywood Studios Condemn Hamas Attacks, Stand with Israel"
Maya Zinshtein and Abie Troen, the filmmakers behind ‘Til Kingdom Come, spoke with Solzy at the Movies this week about the film. ‘Til Kingdom Come is going to be one of the most important films you see this year. Where Kings of Capitol Hill focuses on AIPAC, ‘Til Kingdom Come focuses on the strange bedfellows between Christian evangelicals and Israelis. Both films are from Israeli filmmakers and if you ask me, they are required viewing…"Maya Zinshtein, Abie Troen talk ‘Til Kingdom Come"
Kings of Capitol Hill is an eye-opening look at the history of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its role in American politics. AIPAC was founded in order to support a strategic alliance between the US and Israel. The large majority of the founders were Jewish Democrats. Eighty percent of Jews had been Democrats for decades and many had been politically involved. Some came into leadership positions because of American involvement in the Vietnam…"DOC NYC 2020: Kings of Capitol Hill"
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the documentary that tells the story of the underdog team that shook the hearts of Jews across the globe. It wasn’t just that Team Israel grabbed the hearts of Jewish baseball fans but they were never expected to go as far as they did. When Team Israel won the qualifier over Great Britain in 2016 and advanced to the the 2017 World Baseball Classic, MLB reporter Jonathan…"Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel Swings For The Fences"
The Women’s Balcony is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy that depicts what happens when extremism and traditional values collide in a Jewish community. Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon from a screenplay written by Shlomit Nehama , the Israeli comedy stars Orna Banai, Itzik Cohen, Einat Sarouf, Igal Naor, Evelin Hagoel, Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Sharona Elimelech, Herzl Tobey, and Haim Zanati. This was Banai’s first big role in Israeli cinema and she was nominated for an Ophir…"The Women’s Balcony is A Feel-Good, Crowd-Pleasing Comedy"
The Wedding Plan is an Israeli comedy that provides for some fresh twists in the romantic comedy genre. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein, the film stars Noa Koler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi, Irit Sheleg, Ronny Merhavi, Dafi Alpern, Karin Serrouya, Erez Drigues, Oded Leopold, Udi Persi and Jonathan Rozen. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Burshtein’s second feature takes a look at the subjects of love, marriage, and faith as Koler stars…"The Wedding Plan: Israeli Comedy isn’t typical Rom-Com"