Road to the Oscars: From AJFF to the Big Night

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 Festival. For this episode of our In Conversation podcast, host Sara Glassberg had the opportunity to speak with the film’s director, Tomer Shushan, in an interview recorded just days before the big night, to learn more about the film’s journey from inception, to production, to the film festival circuit, and eventually the Academy Awards.

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Show Notes

Our guests for this episode: Tomer Shushan, writer and director of the Academy Award-nominated short film White Eye, which also played at the 2021 AJFF.

Films and TV shows mentioned in the episode:

White Eye (2019) – HBO Max

The music for our episode is provided by the incomparable Joe Alterman. Specifically, our into and outro music is "Pure Imagination" off his album, "Give Me the Simple Life", and our interlude music is "Over the Rainbow" from "More Cornbread (Live)". Check him out on Spofity or wherever you get your music.

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