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The Politics of Aaron Sorkin and the West Wing

AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

Release Date: 10/14/2020

In Search of the Jewish Blockbuster show art In Search of the Jewish Blockbuster

AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

Summer movie season is officially here, with big studio tentpoles finally hitting theaters – and many moviegoers finally willing to enter the hallowed ground of their local cineplex. Action franchises and family-friendly adventures do not typically boast Jewish themes, of course, which made us wonder whether there are, in fact, any Jewish blockbusters? What would that even look like? Perhaps a film from the blockbusters arguable inventor, Steven Spielberg? Perhaps starring the Jewish meme-star Jeff Goldblum? Returning to the podcast to help us sort this out is Senior Editor of Collider, and...

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

A Q&A Panel from the 2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for the film, Sublet. In this warmly affecting cross-generational melodrama, a middle-aged gay American writer numbed by tragedy finds solace in the company of a younger Israeli man. Sublet will be released in theaters in the U.S. on June 11 2021. Listener warning: the Q&A contains spoilers for the film.

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

It's the beginning of another month, so it's time to figure out what to stream (or venture to theaters for) over the next few weeks. The theme for June? A month for reconnecting with classics, from 1980’s Best Picture to a modern remake of a Mel Brooks classic, with plenty of quintessentially Jewish filmmaking in between. Plus new indie gems hit theaters in the middle of the month. Listen along as Sara and Brad dissect what to watch for June 2021!

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

AJFF's Selects series is more of what you love about the annual festival, and this past month, with our first Selects program of the season, our audience got to see Stand! in our Virtual Cinema: a stirring cross-cultural musical, in which a young immigrant couple finds romance on the streets of 1919 Winnipeg, as they battle for a better life amidst violent social upheaval. The Canadian film stars Marshall Williams from Glee, and Atlanta’s very own, Laura Slade Wiggins from Shameless in the lead Romeo and Juliet type roles. Marshall and Laura joined us for an exclusive Q&A panel, along...

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

It's pop quiz time, with film terms and definitions. Listeners who tuned in to last week’s episode about what makes a film good – and who gets to determine that, anyway – got a mini crash course in film fundamentals. But with so many key questions to cover around classics, cult hits, quality and canon, Brad and Sara wanted to take another episode to dive even deeper into some of the terminology of cinema. So join your hosts as they offer some additional definitions and unconventional examples of everything from editing to cinematography and to the ever elusive mise-en-scène.

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

Discriminating audiences know a great work of cinema when they see it. And festivalgoers have high expectations for the quality of film we present annually at AJFF and year-round programs. But what are the ingredients and traits that make for exceptional filmmaking? For audiences seeking to fine-tune and expand their palate, a deeper awareness and understanding of the creative building blocks of cinematic stories can greatly enhance their viewing experience. An expert in hard-to-find cult germs from her perch with TCM Underground, Turner Classic Movies programmer Millie De Chirico joins our...

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

The pinnacle of the awards season has now come to a close, with the 93rd Academy Awards. Like every film industry event and awards show during the pandemic, this year’s Oscar telecast had its own unique spin on reinventing a traditional format for COVID times. It’s been a particularly exciting time for Jewish-themed film and television programming, with a number of such titles being recognized and honored. Among them: an Israeli short, White Eye, which was nominated for Best Live-Action Short Film at the Oscars and screened at the most recent 2021 edition of the Atlanta Jewish Film...

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

As the pandemic continues to reshape the ways we experience arts and entertainment, the worldwide circuit of film festivals is among those reimaging how to connect with and best serve audiences under highly unique circumstances. Even as vaccinations increase and cinemas slowly reopen, film festival programmers are channeling new levels of ingenuity and agility in presenting their lineups in the age of COVID. For an insider look at how festivals are pivoting, we’ve invited the Atlanta Film Society’s executive Director Chris Escobar to share his perspective, plus a sneak preview of the 45th...

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

Welcome back to a new season of AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast. Hosts Sara and Brad are back from the 2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and brief post-festival hiatus feeling rested and ready to bring you more interviews, deep-dive discussions, and much more, beginning this week with some recommendations of what Jewish movies and media to watch. From Hollywood historical dramas to classic sitcoms and past AJFF documentaries, this month’s episode includes a variety of suggestions for your viewing pleasure both at-home or, finally, in theatres, for those who are comfortable...

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AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast

Each year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival bestows special recognition to outstanding films and filmmakers participating in its annual international celebration of the cinema arts. In Competition titles vie for honors across six Jury Prize categories, including Best Narrative, Documentary, and Short, as well as Building Bridges, Human Rights, and Emerging Filmmaker. These prestigious prizes are deliberated by an esteemed panel of industry luminaries, including fellow filmmakers, actors, film critics and journalists, academics, and exceptional students. Joining our In Conversation podcast to...

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Joining us for this edition of AJFF In Conversation: The Jewish Film Podcast, is very special guest Eli Attie, whose own time in politics and natural writing talent helped shape the much-beloved The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin. This fall, Sorkin is back with The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the infamous court proceedings of seven defendants charged with conspiracy for their protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He is also gathering the cast of The West Wing for a reunion special in support of voter turnout. Forays into the political have been a mainstay of Sorkin's work, beginning with A Few Good Men and The American President. Even when his films and TV shows have focused on sports, showbiz, or social networks, the tinge of politics finds a way in. Before the 2020 election season comes to a close, we dissect Sorkin's political preoccupations, and his vision of political idealism and civic virtue, best personified in the fictional Bartlet administration.