Articles written by Naomi Pfefferman

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Spike Lee: The Jewish character in 'BlacKkKlansman' added a lot of 'complexity' to the film

(JTA)-In one of the pivotal scenes of Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated film "BlacKkKlansman," Ron Stallworth, the first black cop on the Colorado Springs police force, tries to motivate his Jewish... Full story


Netflix film 'The Angel' spotlights Egyptian spy who helped Israel

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-In 1993, filmmaker Ariel Vromen was part of an Israeli air force rescue unit sent in to Lebanon to evacuate both Jewish and Arab soldiers wounded during a battle. During the... Full story


Ben Kingsley carried a photo of Elie Wiesel with him while filming 'Operation Finale'

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Ask Ben Kingsley about why he was keen to portray Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new film "Operation Finale" and he describes the traumatic childhood incident in which he first... Full story


Jon Voight-Chabadnik at heart

On a recent afternoon at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Calif., Jon Voight reached into a black satchel and pulled out a well-worn copy of Paul Johnson’s “A History of the Jews,” then began reading... Full story


Civility replaces violence in 'Last White Night'

In June 1965, during the most violent days of the civil rights movement, 21-year-old Paul Saltzman drove from Toronto to Mississippi to become a freedom fighter with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Just a year before, Klansmen from... Full story


How 'The Iceman' cameth to be

“I don’t think I’m in any way a sociopath,” said Ariel Vromen, the Israeli-born filmmaker behind “The Iceman,” inspired by the true story of one of America’s most notorious mob hitmen, Richard Kuklinski, who died in prison in 2006. Yet Vromen remembe... Full story


The real Jeffrey Tambor

It was the first day of spring, and Jeffrey Tambor was sitting in his car in the snow near his New York home, conducting an interview while his 6-year-old daughter—one of his four children, ages 3 t...  Website


Boy on 'Girls' is also a 'restless' filmmaker

You might only know Alex Karpovsky as Ray Ploshansky, the caustic barista who fitfully romances the naïf Shoshanna on HBO’s zeitgeist-y hit, “Girls.” But while shooting that show, Karpovsky also h... Full story


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