Beau Jest USA 2008, Color, 98 mins., DVD, English Director: James Sherman
Playwright James Sherman's popular tale about relationships, romance and intrigue moves from stage to screen, starring Robyn Cohen, Lainie Kazan, Seymour Cassel and Willie Garson (Stanford in "Sex in the City"). In this romantic comedy, Sarah Goldman, a young school teacher is dating Chris Cringle, a great guy with just one apparent flaw - he's not Jewish. So Sarah invents the perfect boyfriend and delights her parents with stories about the man of her mother's dreams. When her parents insist on meeting this nice Jewish surgeon - Sarah resorts to desperate measures. Enter Bob, an actor, to play the role of her new beau. The antics that follow are what have made this comical, heartwarming tale such a huge success since its first stage production in 1989.
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An unprecedented time in world history, this film is the chilling and unforgettable story, not from the perspective of historians, but of six brave eye-witnesses from the horror of Auschwitz, an ordinary soldier who liberated Dachau, a young woman who helped the thousands of wounded soldiers and those living under the jack boot of Nazi totalitarianism.
The interviews are conducted by students in Mobile, Alabama from the Springhill Avenue Temple Youth Group. Victoria Hirsch and Cory Garfunkel interview witnesses to hear their personal experiences during the tragic time of Hitler's reign.
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Selected Piano Works of Louis Moreau Gottschalk by concert pianist Lambert Orkis Gottschalk was a native Jewish New Orleanian and one of the world’s most popular musical composers and performers. After his untimely death at the age of 40 in 1869, his work faded into obscurity. Recently, it has been rediscovered by scholars and classical music fans alike. John Palmer, the founder of Skytel and former U.S. ambassador to Portugal, has teamed with Lambert Orkis to reissue this CD to help draw attention to the work of one of the South’s most talented composers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ISJL.
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Delta Jews: Jews in the Land of the Blues This one-hour PBS documentary by Mike DeWitt, with narration by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, is a unique portrait of Jewish life in "the most Southern place on Earth"the Mississippi Delta.
The Natchez Jewish Experience
Edward Cohen wrote and directed this award-winning video about the Jewish community of Natchez, Mississippi.
Pushcarts and Plantations: Jewish Life in Louisiana Brian Cohen's PBS documentary examines the 300-year history of Louisiana Jewry including many references to Shreveport. From its beginnings in the French colony to its emergence into the 21st century, Louisiana has been an important part of the American Jewish experience.
Shalom Y'all Shalom Y'all is a documentary feature film about the Jewish experience in the American South as told through the eyes of a native son and the cultural cousins he encounters. At the center of the story is filmmaker, Brian Bain, a third generation southern Jew from New Orleans, searching his cultural roots. Traveling in an old Cadillac like the kind his one hundred-year old grandfather drove as a hat and tie salesman on the same roads, Brian takes the viewer 4200 miles through Delta flatlands, coastal low country, mountain passes, small towns, suburban subdivisions and sprawling sunbelt metropolises to discover a vibrant regional culture that blends the Old World with the New South. Through his search for a balance between modern life and ancient traditions, the filmmaker paints a post-modern picture of American life at the beginning of a new century.