SF Jewish Film Festival: Neil Diamond Screening | Palo Alto
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CineArts (Palo Alto) | 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Monday, August 5, 2013
Neil Diamond | 38th Annual Jewish Film Festival | SF
He’s sold 130 million albums. He’s written tons of top ten smashes including several number one hits covered by other artists (“I’m a Believer” for the Monkees and “Red Red Wine” by UB40). He’s a charismatic live performer who has filled countless stadiums, nightclubs and casinos, becoming the most profitable touring act in the 1990s. He’s adored by his dedicated fans, most especially the ladies, who are still drawn to his unique blend of soul and sensitivity.
He’s Neil Diamond, the focus of British director Samantha Powers’ doc about the reticent son of a Brooklyn dry goods salesman who transformed himself into the legendary “Jewish Elvis.” His crucial years of personal crisis produced some of his most introspective work, culminating in the 1972 career defining concerts at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Chock full of concert footage, television appearances, screen tests and home demos, this affectionate portrait proves that Neil Diamond is much more than the man who penned “Sweet Caroline.” – Thomas Logoreci
Preceded By: Paddle-Ball
Israel, 2012, 6 min., Hebrew w/ Eng. subtitles. Director: Avi Belkin
Walk on any Israeli beach and you’re sure to find at least a dozen people playing paddleball. The game has swept the nation, and beaches will never be the same. This delightful short comes from the International Documentary Challenge, a filmmaking competition where filmmakers have only five days to make a short. — Joshua Moore
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