The Ultimate Underground Experience Presents Highlights From
”THE 8TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 2013″
Musical Artists Include: Daniel Vulcano, Laurel Moore, John Lennon, Propaganda featuring Alphonso McAuley, Ivan & Aloysha!
Tradition and Identity Series – Presented at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills
The Opening Night Gala & L.A Premiere Screening Of The Comedy ”PUTZEL”
Written by Rick Moore, Directed by Jason Chaet & Produced by Allegra Cohen
Starring – Melanie Lynskey, Susie Essman, John Pankow and Jack Carpenter
Stars Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), John Pankow and Jack Carpenter. For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel and places to explore. For Walter Himmelstein, a young man, endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store and his community on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming comedy, Walter’s aspirations of taking over his uncle’s smoked fish emporium are disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle. While Walter tries to thwart their romance in order to ensure his taking over the business, he finds his circumscribed life thrown off kilter, and, after years of being undermined by his family and friends, he finally starts to realize his full potential. With Sally’s help, Walter confronts his fears and proves he is more than a Putzel.
- Saturday, June 1, 7:30 pm – red carpet, 8:30 pm show
Commentary by Rob Eshman, Jason Chaet, Allegra Cohen, Jack Carpenter, Rick Moore, Larry Miller, Monica Henry & John Saxon!
Conflicts and Issues Series – Presented at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills in conjunction with Anti-Defamation League and the Los Angeles Urban League
The West Coast Premiere Of The Documentary “THE LAST OF THE WHITE KNIGHTS: Is Reconciliation Possible?” Directed by Paul Saltzman
(In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader, Medgar Evers)
In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10 days in jail. He smuggled letters out of jail to the Toronto Star. Canadian Foreign Affairs requested his release but Saltzman declined. Posted to one of the toughest segregationist towns, Greenwood, he helped disadvantaged sharecroppers register to vote. He was assaulted by a young Klansman. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the KKK member who had punched him in the head, to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. He found him and a 5 year dialogue has ensued. His assailant was, Byron de la Beckwith Jr., whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr. murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers.
- Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Commentary by Hilary Helstein, Naomi Pfefferman, Paul Saltzman, Seth Berber (ADL), Nolan V. Rollins (LAUL), Harry Belafonte, Morgan Freeman and many others.
Broadcast # 188
Air Date: 7/25/13