In anticipation of THE ART OF THE DOC: A MASTER CLASS WITH BARAK HEYMANN, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies are pleased to present a free screening of MR. GAGA.
Lauded by Variety as “the most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since Pina,” MR. GAGA has won awards from esteemed film festivals across the globe. The documentary profiles Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, one of the most highly regarded dance companies in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces us to a man with great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann and producer Barak Heymann mix intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive of breathtaking dance sequences. What results is a portrait of a genius – an artist who redefined the language of modern dance for generations to come.
As space for this screening is limited, pre-registration is required. To reserve your seat, please call 215-545-4400 or visit PJFF.org.
FILM & EDUCATION
The Art of the Doc: A Master Class with Barak Heymann
Date: Friday, November 17
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: University of Pennsylvania, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street
Co-sponsored by: University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies present an intimate, behind-the-scenes Master Class on documentary filmmaking led by Israeli filmmaker Barak Heymann. Together with his brother, Tomer Heymann, Barak has created poignant documentaries that merge current social and political issues with the deeply personal. Their films – Paper Dolls, Bridge Over the Wadi, Lone Samaritan, The Queen Has No Crown, I Shot My Love, Mr. Gaga, and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? – have garnered prestigious awards and screenings at festivals worldwide. We are pleased to offer students, PJFF patrons, and the Greater Philadelphia film community a unique opportunity to glean a greater understanding of the art form from one of Israel’s top documentary filmmakers.
In Barak’s informative and highly engaging documentary workshop, participants will learn about the role of documentary cinema as a social and political tool, as well as how to direct without a script, choose a hero for your story, and establish trust among documentary subjects. Barak will also discuss the Heymann Brothers’ unique filmmaking style, visualized and contextualized by scenes from MR. GAGA and other Heymann Brothers films.
After class, participants can eat, drink, and converse one-on-one with our visiting filmmaker at the complimentary reception being held in 135 Fisher-Bennett Hall, located in the ENGL Faculty Lounge.
The two-hour master class and reception are free and open to the public. However, as space is limited, pre-registration is required. To reserve your space in class, please call 215-545-4400 or visit PJFF.org.