The Arts

BANG! The Bert Berns Story

About the Film 

The story of the maverick of crossover ‘60s rock and soul music that helped define an era, is filled with a rousing jukebox of classics like “Twist and Shout” and “Under the Boardwalk.”

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
95 minutes

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

About the Film 

The story of a beloved song–”Body and Soul”–in the jazz repertoire shows the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures, and the power of song to break barriers. San Francisco Black Film Festival Best Music Documentary winner.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
58 minutes

Eva Hesse

About the Film 

The landmark painter-turned-sculptor who created wildly imaginative abstract art and pioneered the use of industrial materials, is profiled in this poetic biography. Overcoming gender barriers to redefine her medium, Hesse’s brief career helped usher in the 1960s post-minimalist movement.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
108 minutes

Finding Babel

About the Film 

Readings by actor Liev Schreiber, and stylized illustrations combining archival imagery and impressionistic animation, augment this account of a grandson’s search for the legacy of the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry. Babel’s subversive works confronted a turbulent history that echoes through to the dark political climate of today’s Russia.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
88 minutes

Harmonia

About the Film 

In this adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham and Sarah, a childless Israeli musical couple seeks to have a family, leading to a culture clash reconciled through music.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
98 minutes

Mr. Gaga

About the Film 

An eight-year collaboration between filmmaker Tomer Heymann and his complex subject Ohad Naharin, led to this exuberant feast for the senses, which illuminates the creative process of a bold Israeli choreographer known as a prickly taskmaster and charismatic genius, but hailed as an icon of modern dance. Documentary Audience Award winner at the SXSW Film Festival.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
100 minutes