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Tzivi’s August ’12 Spotlight: Summer Movie Special

In March 2009, I received a screener from the coordinator of our annual Chicago Latino Film Festival for a new Argentinian feature called La Cámara Oscura. I was entranced by this film, and wrote very positive things about it in my April ’09 column. Soon after, I began receiving calls from all around the country, […]

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Tzivi’s July ’12 Spotlight

July 4, 2011 was the 35th anniversary of Israel’s daring raid on Entebbe Airport so I expected some commemoration; to my dismay, the day came and went with barely a word from the American press. But filmmakers Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Gruber were way ahead of me. I’m not sure when they started work […]

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News

What Would Nora Do? One Last Look at Nora Ephron’s “Successful” Film Career

Nora Ephron died on Tuesday, June 26, at the age of 71. Although she had been very ill for several years, she kept her condition a secret, so her “sudden” death came as a shock to many people. Tributes began flowing into the Blogosphere, and the avalanche of anecdotes swelled as famous people with well-known […]

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Interviews

Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria

]Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria Chicago Press Day for ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ (First posted in 2012) You wake up one morning, turn on the news, and learn that a huge asteroid is heading toward earth. Facing certain destruction in a matter of days, what would YOU do? Lorene Scafaria […]

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Features

Tzivi’s June ’12 Spotlight

Ah, Spring! Mild weather returns to Chicago and our lecture halls overflow with fascinating guest speakers. On May 6, I went to Spertus to hear Daniel Greene read from his 2011 book The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity. Greene is the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at […]

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Interviews

Jan Chats with Director Tanya Wexler

Jan Chats with Director Tanya Wexler Chicago Press Day for Hysteria (First posted in 2012) Tanya Wexler’s new film Hysteria is a marvel of “loose/tight” properties. On the one hand, it’s tremendously funny. On the other hand, I was always laughing through my tears. Set in London circa 1880, Hysteria is loosely based on the career […]

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