Dough at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2015

Food has always represented more than sustenance in Jewish culture, and its transformative power is on display in this delightful British dramedy which unites a widowed third generation kosher baker, Nat (a crusty yet compassionate Jonathan Pryce), and his new Muslim apprentice, Ayyash (Jerome Holder in a breakout performance). Dayan & Son Bakery is in a downward spiral. Nat’s customers...

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35th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Rafael The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) has announced a renaming of their year round organization to the Jewish Film Institute to better reflect the cultural initiatives and services they provide, including the world-renowned annual Festival – the first and largest festival of its kind. The repositioning of the institution coincides...

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THE CLOCK IS TICKING……

Time Will Tell…..or Will It? By Ron Merk With more than four decades in the entertainment industry, starting in New York, then moving to Los Angeles for 25 years, and then moving to San Francisco in 2003, I’ve seen tremendous changes in the industry in subject matter, technology, distribution and economics. I used to think that it was possible to...

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A BRIEF INTERMISSION

DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WE ARE TAKING A SHORT BREAK Dear Readers, We’ve recently been attacked by hackers, and we will be “off line” for a short time to take care of the necessary technical issues. This is part of the price we pay for living in the cyber-age. We’ll be back as soon as possible. So, for now, there...

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Pacific Data Images Closes Its Doors…….

PDI Closes Its Doors Abruptly But There’s Still Time to Wave Goodbye By Ron Merk  My friend, Karl Cohen, President of the ASIFA San Francisco chapter, forwarded an –mail to me from Tereza Flaxman, San Francisco ACM SIGGRAPH Vice Chair, with some bad news for local CGI and visual effects artists, the closing of PDI. Effects houses are having many...

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FOND MEMORIES OF MY FIRST MOVIE EXPERIENCE

Like a Moth to a Flame – Drawn to the Arc Light of the Movies By Ron Merk  When I look back at the films that are my favorites, I’m sad to say that most of them were made many, many years ago, perhaps before most of the readers of this column were born. Maybe they are my favorites because...

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