When Jews Were Funny
We review the one new film at The Bloor this week, a look inside the US Federal Reserve in Money for Nothing, and look ahead to a slew of events over the next two weeks, including return engagements of all of this years Oscar nominated documentary features, the Oscars themselves, several returning series, and an appearance from famed stand-up comedy icon Paul Mooney.
Another solid week at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema brings a look at an offbeat Icelandic museum in The Final Member, the rise of one of basketball's most recent superstars in Linsanity, a screening of one of the best rock concert films of all time (Stop Making Sense), and a very special tribute and fundraiser for recently passed documentary icon Peter Wintonick.
A positively stacked week at The Bloor brings the harrowing and rightfully Academy Award nominated look at the Egyptian revolution, The Square, the poignant look at "Eskimo culture," Arctic Defenders, and a slew of special screenings worth consideration, including classic documentary On the Bowery and the fun look at creativity From Nothing, Something. It's such a good week, we decided to run the column a day early for a change.
Think 2013 was a weak year for Canadian cinema? Think again because most of the best work from this past year is merely being sat on for release this year. Our Film Editor looks at this year's TIFF Canada's Top Ten (kicking off this weekend) and the finest line-up of Canada's best to date.
This week at The Bloor, one of the most harrowing and unflinching documentaries of the year, Narco Cultura, takes a look at the lesser seen sides of the Mexican drug trade, while the much lighter, but still great Tokyo Waka: A City Poem examines how one city deals with a large number of pesky crows with equal parts admiration and annoyance.
This week at The Bloor, the chilling and balanced look at true believer missionaries in Africa God Loves Uganda is worthy, but stay as far, far away from GMO OMG.
This week at The Bloor, urban sprawl goes under the microscope in The Human Scale, and Toronto's own Alan Zweig looks back on When Jews Were Funny.
We talk to When Jews Were Funny documentarian Alan Zweig (whose latest film debuts at TIFF this week) about the challenges of getting a comic to open up on camera about real topics, the generation gap he noticed, how Mel Brooks making his father laugh opened up his eyes to Jewish humour, how to deal with a difficult interview, and what he hopes his daughter can take from him after he’s gone.
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When Jews Were Funny TIFF Docs Director: Alan Zweig Zweig (I, Curmudgeon, Vinyl) delivers his second film this year with a personal look at his desire to reconnect with the more openly comedic aspects of his heritage and upbringing, partially for the benefit of his young daughter who he wants to have an awareness of […]