The Arts

Alan Pakula: Going for Truth

About the Film 
In this eulogy to a brilliant life tragically cut short, Hollywood remembers the visionary behind many of the 20th century’s most provocative films, including All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice and To Kill a Mockingbird. Of Polish-Jewish descent, Pakula’s ethos is manifest in stories of heart and suspense, and themes of moral malfeasance. Interviews with cinema luminaries, and copious movie clips, confirm his exceptional reputation and give the reclusive filmmaker his due.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
110 minutes

Crescendo

About the Film 
A famous conductor assembling an orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian youth for a Mideast peace summit, finds a tempest of deep discord. Corralling the young artists, sworn enemies from the Arab-Israeli divide, is easier said than done, in this potent drama, with an amazing cast of non-actors, led by veteran Peter Simonischek.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
112 minutes

Hollywood's II. World War

About the Film 

Some of Hollywood’s famed filmmakers, including Jewish emigres William Wyler and Billy Wilder, risk everything in a campaign to rally America behind the war effort. Seeking to foil Hitler’s pervasive propaganda, the government sent documentary crews to war zones to collect tales of heroism, the celluloid chronicling the democratic ideals for which the Allies fought.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
90 minutes

Jay Myself

About the Film 
After 50 years amassing random items in his Lower Manhattan mansion, revered photographer Jay Maisel plans to depart his Bowery nest. His iconic work includes magazine and album covers, advertising, and street photography. A compulsive collector, he crammed every corner of “The Bank”—his 72-room dwelling—with copious miscellany. But as it’s emptied, a melancholy Maisel waxes philosophical, resulting in an affectionate ode to a noteworthy life, the attritions of age, and the end of an era.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
79 minutes

The Mamboniks

About the Film 
Jewish soul and Cuban song mesh on the dance floor in this wistful look at the mambo mania that swept the nation in the ‘50s. Jewish Americans fell for Havana’s hot mix of sultry Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms in neon-splashed New York, Miami’s art deco hotels, and the Catskills resorts. Against a big band soundtrack, the free-spirited mamboniks colorfully recall their love affair with the Cuban dance craze.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
90 minutes

Picture of His Life

About the Film 
A daring Israeli underwater photographer spends 40 years taking stunning close-ups of aquatic wildlife, but one fearsome challenge eludes him: swimming beside a polar bear while filming the encounter. This breathtaking portrait reveals a fervent artist and activist risking life and limb in pursuit of singular beauty.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
72 minutes

Saul & Ruby, To Life!

About the Film 
An inseparable pair of sprightly Holocaust survivors brings their tuneful call for peace and healing from assisted living facilities in Florida to the world stage, in this uniquely uplifting tribute to the human spirit. Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning documentarian Tod Lending expertly weaves comedy and tragedy in this charming, poignant and, above all, affirmative cinematic celebration.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
80 minutes

Underground Ballet

About the Film 
Her career cut short, a Russian-Israeli ballet trainer keeps her mother’s legacy alive by launching a dance studio in a most unlikely place. In 1991, Nadya Timofeyeva hastily moved to Jerusalem with her mom, a ballerina-choreographer for Moscow’s Bolshoi. For income, they opened a dance school tucked under Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium’s bleachers. While rowdy fans above cheer the soccer footwork of Beitar Jerusalem, students below do dazzling dance moves, in a surreal intersection of sport and art.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
53 minutes