Wednesday, January 13, 2016
ART AND HEART:THE WORLD OF ISIAH SHEEFER and THE MAN WHO SHOT HOLLYWOOD New York Jewish Film Festival 2016
Portrait of actor, musician, writer, founder of Symphony Space and dozens of other things, Isiah Sheffer told via his own words and those of his friends.
How does one sum up Isiah Sheffer simply?
You can't. Sheffer was a force of nature who tore through life and New York's cultural life with wild abandon creating all sorts of lasting institutions as a result. He's the guy who would walk into a room and through force of personality and the ability to know his audience end up with everyone eating out of the Palm of his hand.
ART AND HEART is a joyous celebration of the man and his legacy that will give anyone who know of his work huge smiles.
While I like the film a great deal, and despite seeing the film in rough cut form, I'm forced to add in a proviso that the telling is slightly jumbled and if you don't know Sheffer, or of know of Symphony Space or the NPR show Selected Shorts things may seem out of whack...and even if you do know them they still may make you wish for better organization.
Reservation aside the film is a great deal of fun.
THE MAN WHO SHOT HOLLYWOOD
Portrait of Yasha Pashkovsky, a photographer who shot all of the stars during the golden age of Hollywood, and then squirreled his film away
This is a stunning portrait of a man whose work no one ever really knew existed. Its a joyous in its revelations, but sad that Pashkovsky never got to be celebrated for the pictures he took. Think of this as a companion piece of sorts to FINDING VIVIAN MAIER.
A must see.
Both ART AND HEART and THE MAN WHO SHOT HOLLYWOOD play together at the New York Jewish FIlm Festival Tomorrow. For tickets and more information go here.