It’s hard to describe how one event can change your line of work. But, the more I have been involved with the film making/ storytelling, the more I am finding stories of just that: People running through life pursuing this or that line of work, and then some how are thrust into a situation that calls to them and helps them to rethink what they are doing and why they are doing it. Many times this rethinking has not only helped them change careers, but also provided a turning point in their lives where their influence for helping other has been magnified.
Composer Herman Berlinski discusses the genesis of his From the World of My Father in a French Yiddish theater company, and it’s reconstruction from memory into an orchestral suite in America. Interview by Neil W. Levin and Barry Serota. Milken Archive oral history excerpt.
An overview of the Milken Archive’s project on immigrant-era American Yiddish theater. Includes footage from 2001 recording sessions in Barcelona and Vienna, featuring Simon Spiro, David Krakauer, Nell Snaidas, Robert Bloch, and the late Bruce Adler. Narrated by Mike Burstyn.