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It was an Lgbt-themed film festival held outside the borders of Palestine, featuring a number of works by directors who were neither gay nor Palestinian. But the first-ever Kooz Queer fest, which had a modest bow earlier this month in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, made little ripples of history in its own right. The tiny three-day fest, established by grassroots org Aswat-Palestinian Gay Women, and held across a handful of Haifa coffee shops and art venues, opened up a dialogue about the overlaps of occupation and sexuality; and of the borders of individual identity in the context of an uncertain international existence.
The goal of the fest: to provide a platform for home-grown, gay-themed films at a time when most Lgbt Palestinians still feel a need to stay closeted.
Films made by, and about, gay Palestinians are few and far between. But the team at Aswat, inspired by »
- Debra Kamin
Nyu, USC, UCLA — and now Tau.
Just like those well-regarded U.S. film schools, the Tel Aviv U. School of Film and Television has developed its own brand of excellence, with successful alumni such as Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), Hagai Levi (“The Affair”), Ari Folman (“Waltz With Bashir”) and Avi Nir (CEO of top shingle Keshet), all heavyweights of the Israeli film and television industry, and known for their crossover success into the American market.
And now Tel Aviv U. has something else that’s similar to its well-funded brethren — an endowment from a Holly-wood benefactor.
Last month, producer Steve Tisch (“Forrest Gump,” “The Equalizer”) donated $10 million to the school — funding that will completely transform the campus and, Tisch hopes, further position Israeli film and television projects in the international arena.
The gift wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Last year, Tisch traveled to Tel Aviv, having been invited to serve as »
- Debra Kamin
Jan Ole Gerster (Oh Boy), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Pardiso) and Oren Moverman (The Messenger) are among the filmmakers attached to direct episodes for the Berlin I Love You omnibus film.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will shoot his eight-minute segment via distance directing from Beijing this weekend.
Speaking by Skype from his studio in Beijing, the world renowned artist explained that his contribution is “based on the experiences of a newcomer - my son Ai Lao - coming to Berlin [the six-year-old and his mother have been living there for the past six months] and the way we communicate these days through virtual digital reality”.
“I am not using the film to help myself,” he stressed. “It is more about people being apart, a similar condition for so many in the world because of wars, political or economic reasons. But they can still communicate through art, film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
3 items from 2015
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