Bolstered by a standout ensemble that delivers loads of laughs, this witty love letter to the golden age of radio draws on childhood memories, and a wall-to-wall jazz soundtrack and period tunes, to evoke a nostalgic slice of 1940s Jewish-American life in the New York boroughs, with the filmmaker reminiscing in his winsome voiceover.
The audacious renovation of a national treasure, the opulent 1929 Wilshire Boulevard Temple, home to the oldest Jewish congregation in LA, and now a center for Jewish life and social services for an ethnically diverse region, is recounted in this hopeful vision for new generations of LA’s Jewish community.
Once-thriving Jewish communities, comprising approximately one million Jews, in rural and small-town America, from the Rust Belt and Deep South to the far West, struggle to maintain their traditions and legacies, in this exploration of ageold venerable questions of religious identity and continuity.
Jack Benny and Carole Lombard are married thespians caught in a WWII escapade in Ernst Lubitsch’s screwball anti-Nazi masterpiece that opened just after America went to war, perhaps the most daring film of its day, criticized for juxtaposing comedy against Hitler’s invasion of Poland, but today considered a satirical classic.
Creatively adapting his acclaimed one-man stage show using only simple props and backdrops, playwright-actor Aaron Davidman conjures a host of diverse characters on all sides of the existential divide, while seeking answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reigniting hope for the future of this troubled region.