Sheerly Avni

4 Jewiest TV Shows Are Coming Back in 2015

Judaism has never been treated so casually as it was on the American small screen in 2014. Sheerly Avni eagerly anticipates the return of the four Jewiest shows.

Indecency Exposed: Vanessa Lapa’s ‘The Decent One’ chronicles Himmler’s life.

The Banality of Himmler

Vanessa Lapa’s documentary recreates the everyday life of Heinrich Himmler, the man most directly responsible for the extermination of over 6 million people.

Exiled in Colorado: Sayed Kashua wrote the film script for ‘Dancing Arabs,’ which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival.

Living in Exile, Sayed Kashua Hits Telluride

Sayed Kashua took his new movie, ‘Dancing Arabs,’ to the Telluride Film Festival. It’s an artist’s heaven — so why didn’t the Palestinian script writer look happy to be there?

Palestinian Passion: Adam Bakri and Leem Lubany share a moment in ?Omar.?

Palestine Vies for Oscar With ‘Omar’

Hany Abu-Assad discusses how he plans to jumpstart the nascent Palestinian film industry. An Oscar for his drama ‘Omar’ wouldn’t hurt.

Trouble in the Holy Land: ?Bethlehem? was Israel?s official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards. It will be screened at numerous film festivals throughout the country.

The Best Jewish Film Festivals of 2014

By our count, there are at least 80 Jewish film festivals across the U.S. From San Francisco to New York and Miami, here’s our guide to the best of them.

The Three Cohens: Sammy, Roger and Shawney Cohen feature in the new documentary film ?The Manor.?

The Best Little (Dysfunctional Jewish) Strip Club in Toronto

Roger Cohen falls in love with his future wife, Brenda. He starts a business and ropes in the sons. Sounds like a very Jewish story, right? Only in this case, the business is a strip club.

Chatting with Oscar-Nominated Israeli Filmmaker Dror Moreh

This morning brought a first for the Israeli film industry — two Oscar nods for Best Documentary. The Forward chatted with filmmaker Dror Moreh about his inspiration.

Filming the 'Killing' Fields

For his incendiary new documentary ‘The Act of Killing,’ Joshua Oppenheimer filmed those responsible for genocide re-creating their crimes for the camera.

Lullaby Voice: Isaiah Sheffer was known for his lullaby voice on radio. But he also left an enduring cultural legacy.

Isaiah Sheffer Remembered for Lullaby Voice and Enduring Legacy

Along with his deep lullaby of a voice that graced the radio airwaves, Isaiah Sheffer will be remembered for his lasting legacy at Manhattan’s Symphony Space.

Q&A: Michael Feinstein on the Gershwins and 'Porgy'

Michael Feinstein was lucky enough to work for George and Ira Gershwin. He talks about the famed brothers and why they hoped ‘Porgy and Bess’ would change the world of theater.