SILENT AUTUMN – It’s Nothing to Keep Quiet About

Silent Autumn It’s Nothing to Keep Quiet About By Ron Merk If you love movies, then it’s pretty much a good bet that you love silent movies, too.  After all, it’s where the movies began more than 100 years ago, without over-amped surround sound, and the fury of more digital effects than the brain can possibly absorb. Many argue that...

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LOVE IS STRANGE

Love Is Strange Film Review by Ron Merk To say that I’m of two minds about this film would be a fair assessment of my reactions to the film. It’s not that I can’t make up my mind as to whether I liked the film or not. It’s that the film has two parallel story concepts, one about two happily...

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The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival – a Salute to Life

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival One of the Best Film Festivals in the World by Ron Merk August 24th marked the opening of the 34th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, with the documentary film, “The Green Prince,” based on the book “Son of Hamas,” the story of a Palestinian, Mosab Hassan Youssef (son of the founder of Hamas)...

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Film Is Alive and Well….at Least for the Present

Keeping FILM Alive The Continued Survival of Celluloid by Ron Merk  For those of ups who grew up with the movies, the term “film” is one that not only means the movie, itself, but also the stuff on which the movie was made and presented, the film stock. There have been rumors for years now that film is dead. Well,...

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ONE OF THE BEST FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Amazing Stories Told by Amazing Filmmakers by Ron Merk Each year I look forward to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in the same way that a cool breeze in Tel Aviv would be greeted in mid-summer. It’s a relief from the “big” Hollywood films and a door that opens into a world not...

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