In Conversation: Hilla Medalia

On January 29, the New York Jewish Film Festival will present The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films, directed by Hilla Medalia. A three-time Emmy nominee and Peabody Award winner, Medalia is known for films like To Die in Jerusalem (2007) and After the Storm (2009). For more information and tickets to The Go-Go Boys, please click here. 


Still from The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films.

The Jewish Museum: Cannon Films just had quite a year, with two documentaries about the group being produced almost at the same time. Was this a coincidence? How did the idea come about?

Hilla Medalia: I actually met [Yoram Globus's] son, and he told me about Cannon and their story. I really was interested in meeting them. I had many questions to ask. I remember this first meeting very vividly. They both had very different answers to the questions I had. We sat for a few hours, and I knew I wanted to tell their story. As a filmmaker I found the story extremely fascinating. Continue reading

In Conversation: Sarah Adler

On January 19 and 20, the New York Jewish Film Festival presented the U.S. Premiere of Tsili, directed by Amos Gitai and based on Aharon Appelfeld’s 1982 novel, Tzili: The Story of a Life. Adler plays the role of a largely mute character based on Appelfeld’s persona of Tzili in his book. She also starred in Gitai’s Ana Arabia and the Oscar-nominated Aya (NYJFF 2014), and in Restoration and Bachelor Days Are Over (NYJFF 2012). For more information on Tsili, please visit the Festival website!

Film still from Tsili, 2014.

The Jewish Museum: Can you tell us how you got involved in the film and why you are particularly drawn to the films of Amos Gitai? Had his work influenced you early on in your career as an actress?

Sarah Adler: For me, working with Gitai is not only an experiment, but also a laboratory which requires [you] to try things and explore limits in a manner that would not be possible within the spectrum of a more conventional approach.

We had known each other for years, but first collaborated when I joined the Ana Arabia (NYJFF 2014) project, his previous film. They had made changes and were searching for someone to come the next day and integrate the process of making this live, one-shot film, and I was ready to jump in, taking a risk, as I had no time for preparation. It turned out to be a very interesting challenge for me as an actress. So when Amos was searching for Tzili, he eventually contacted me again. I immediately read the novel and found it inspiring and wished to be part of this adventure. Continue reading

“On Point” Explores the Life and Power of Helena Rubinstein

On Wednesday, January 21, on WBUR-FM and public radio stations nationwide, “On Point”’s Tom Ashbrook spoke with guests Mason Klein, curator of the exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, and Nancy Koehn, historian and professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, about Helena Rubinstein’s life and legacy.

“Helena corresponded modern art and cosmetics…It was radical to ask women to buy make-up,” Klein noted on the show. Koehn explored Rubinstein’s belief “that cosmetics would help make women’s control of their lives better.” Enjoy full audio of the show after the jump!

Installation view of the exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, October 31, 2014 – March 22, 2015. © The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald.

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