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Interview of MEIR FENIGSTEIN, Founder of the Israel Film Festival in the USA by Stephanie Ronnet

Stacey Keach -  M Fenigstein On April 18th, Los Angeles had an Israeli flavor as the 27th edition of the Israel Film Festival kicked off. The festivities were in full swing. The audience was treated to a plentiful buffet, before walking in the theater of the WGA. The opening film was The Ballad of The Weeping Spring, an emotional drama that won 4 Israeli Oscars (Ophir Awards) in 2012: Best Original Music, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Production design, and Best Costume design. It s...

Saving "Private" Lincoln: a conversation between Salvador Litvak, director of "SAVING LINCOLN" and Stephanie Ronnet

Salvador Litvak based his film on Ward Hill Lamon's memoirs. This outstanding first-hand account describes the unique bound uniting Abraham Lincoln to his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon.  Despite encountering many obstacles during the process, Salvador Litvak took up the challenge of shooting an epic film on Lincoln on a very low budget, and conquered!    Clearly inspired by Lincoln's strength and determination, Salvador Litvak gave a new meaning to ...

Happy Hours panel at ColCoa 2013 - Meet The Talent

The French Film Festival in Los Angeles -- ColCoa -- which kicked off on April 15th is reaching its adolescent phase, therefore the festival gets quite bold and offers a variety of unique cinematic experiences wide open to the audience.  The Happy Hours is a highly anticipated rendez-vous throughout the week.  On April 16th, the French Delegation came to meet a public enamored of French cinema. Here's the unedited session of what was anything but a "brief encounter"!...

Richard Zanuck: Mogul by trade

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Oscar winning producer Richard Zanuck hit "the Road" at 77 years old.  I remember very vividly the first time I met Richard Zanuck. We were in Deauville at the American Film Festival to premier "Road to perdition". He was flanked by his son and Tom Hanks.  No matter how accomplished I may be in my career, the little Frenchie who dreamed of making films, and meeting her idols, is still very much part of who I am today.  Even though I can't say I ...

Frank Pierson: another legend goes...

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The news broke yesterday, legendary writer and director, Frank Pierson passed away. He was 87 years old. Sometimes I'm glad to be some kind of a "hoarder". I have religiously kept the interview I made of him in 1996. We spent nearly 2 hours chatting over lunch next to his office. In these days, I was fresh off the university, and it was a big deal that he so kindly accepted to be interviewed by a swooning rookie with a thick French accent.  As a side note, he was ...

Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlight

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Stephanie RONNET:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background? Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre.  But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to participate in many film festivals and meet hugely talented people...

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