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20
Aug
13

The Yankles – in Brooklyn!


the-yankles3Last year SYR and I attended a screening of The Yankles, a movie written by Zev Brooks and directed by David Brooks. We wrote at the time:

The Yankles is a delightful movie sure to make you laugh while warming your heart.

[..]We loved its sympathetic portrayal of the charedi world. It showed that in spite of what many might think, ultra-orthodox chassidic Jews are human like everyone else; though they may not mix easily with others outside their fold, their zest for life, their emotions are practically in-distinguished from the rest of society. I found it remarkably gratifying that the Brooks brothers, sons of a Conservative rabbi, would be so positive in their outlook of charedim. The movie combined some superb humorous moments, some touching scenes, some slices of human struggle and eventual triumph, with an uplifting message. The evening was fun and it proved that quite often the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

We meant it then, we still mean it now, after re-watching it on DVD. The movie has won many prestigious awards, and it will be playing in Brooklyn – starting tonight, for a limited engagement – at the Kent Theater (1170 Coney Island Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11230 – 718.338-.3371). Not only will you thoroughly enjoy The Yankles, but you will also be helping young cinematographers produce more movies with a Jewish twist.

You can watch the trailer, here.

Go the the Kent Theater tonight and enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

05
Jun
12

Tomorrow Evening’s Internet Radio Show


Zev (with the mike) and David Brooks at the Geneva Jewish Film Festival

Tomorrow, Wednesday evening, at 8:00pm (Eastern Time) our guests – on BlogTalkRadio.com – will be brothers Zev (Writer/Producer) and David Brooks (Director), the creative duo responsible for The Yankles. Zev is an attorney in California and his brother David graduated from film school and worked on many Hollywood productions in various capacities.

They will talk to us about how the idea for the movie came about, it’s long gestation period and finally filming and editing it on a shoestring budget. As I’ve said last week, it’s hard to believe how little such a professional production actually cost them. Both brothers are very good story tellers and have many interesting anecdotes to regale us with.

I prerecorded this program while both were in town, last Thursday. It was a great session peppered with tidbits about the movie and various personal facts. It certainly was interesting, quite funny at times, and quite informative about the film making process.

Meanwhile in case you missed it, why not listen to last week’s show? Our guest were Jeffrey ElliotExecutive Chef and National Manager of Culinary Relations for Zwilling JA Henckels, and Salvatore RizzoOwner/Director of the De Gustibus Cooking School at Macy’s Herald Square store on Broadway and 34th in Manhattan.

Please tune us in tomorrow evening at 8:00pm (Eastern Time) on BlogTalkRadio.com. We will be talking with brothers Zev (Writer/Producer) and David Brooks (Director), the creative duo responsible for The Yankles.

We’ll be watching out for ya!

CS




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