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Joy Bennett

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Joy is a writer, mom and pet lover in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Website joybennett.com

AFM Wrap Up

The American Film Market is ending and I can’t say enough about how much I learned and absorbed through this event.  The workshops there cover...

American Film Market is Amazing!

I’m here at the week-long American Film Market event in Santa Monica, California.  This is a huge event and marketplace where hundreds of films,...

COLCOA French Film Festival

I had a wonderful time at the COLCOA French Film Festival last Monday night.  This is an outstanding festival offering top-notch films and events,...

Santa Fe Opera

Two weeks ago, on August 12, 2019, I was thrilled to attend "La Boheme" at the Santa Fe Opera while visiting family in the...

Alverson and Goldblum Bring Emotion in ‘The Mountain’

There’s a small refrigerator magnet on my frig that says, “Never apologize for your art.” It’s framed by a Jackson Pollock painting, the paint...

The Fringe Festival Grows Up

I have been covering the Hollywood Fringe Festival, held here for the past ten years, for six years now. I’ve also been going to...

Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog

I was very happy to attend the West Coast Premiere of the outstanding film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog at the Los...

Opening Night at Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

Last Thursday night I was thrilled to attend the Opening Night Gala of the 14th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. I arrived a...

Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel Share Friendship, Laughter and the Stage

Last Tuesday I was delighted to attend the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel talk hosted by Live Talks Los Angeles at the Ann and...

Viceroy’s House Film

I recently saw a press preview screening of the film Viceroy’s House, an excellent retelling of the story of India’s independence from Britain in 1947. ...

Tweets of Joy

I recently finished a new project called Tweets of Joy which you can read here:  Tweets of Joy.  It's a compilation of a year's...

The Bachelors Film

Today I went to a press screening at the LA Film Festival of The Bachelors, a sweet, touching film about a father and his...

Danny Lobell

I was very happy to catch Danny Lobell’s one man comedy show, Broke as a Joke last night as part of the Hollywood Fringe...

Hollywood Fringe Festival Previews

Last night I was delighted to attend two previews of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which runs June 8 to June 25 in Hollywood. This...

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017

The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival is coming!  This wonderfully eclectic festival featuring emerging actors, musicians, comics, playwrights, and all types of performers runs from...

Counting for Thunder Film

This lovely, well-told film tells the story of a man coming to terms with his family, his career, and his relationships, all told with...

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Opening Night

Last night I had fun at the Opening Night Gala of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in Beverly Hills.  First I hung out...

COLCOA French Film Festival

Last night I was delighted to attend the Opening Night Gala of COLCOA French Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America in Los...

Day Three at ASCAP EXPO

Yesterday at the third day of ASCAP EXPO 2017 I had a wonderful time.  First I went to a workshop with Mick Guzauski about...

Day One at ASCAP EXPO

I had a good time attending the first day of the ASCAP EXPO yesterday in Hollywood.  This is an outstanding conference for musicians and...

Tommy’s Honour Film Review

History buffs and golf enthusiasts particularly will enjoy this straightforward, well-told true tale about two of the most important figures in history of golf....

ASCAP EXPO

The ASCAP EXPO is coming up!   Now in its 12 year, this unique and outstanding conference for established and emerging musicians, producers, and...

COLCOA Reception

I was thrilled to attend the reception last night for the upcoming COLCOA French Film Festival held at the French Consul Residence in Beverly...

Film Festival Season

The Los Angeles area film festival season starts soon!  Two outstanding ones include: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival:  Always a favorite, this is expertly...

Matt Urmy

Nashville singer/songwriter Matt Urmy was in town singing some songs from his new album “Out of the Ashes” to be released March 31, 2017....

Departure Film Review

This slow, meditative, engrossing film studies the dynamics of a painfully unhappy family. The mother, a pretty 40 something that is so neurotic and...

What to do About Pruitt at the EPA

I was very saddened and shocked to hear that Scott Pruitt was confirmed yesterday as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  This man has...

Jonathan Film Review

Jonathan is another high-quality film being released today, 2/7/17 by Wolfe Video.  It’s an award-winning German drama about a complicated family set in the...

Archived Older Posts

Please note, posts that are several years old have been archived from this Jewish Journal "Shiksa in Hollywood" blog written by Joy Bennett.  Older...

Sundance Film Festival

Arguably one of the most influential film festivals ever, the Sundance Film Festival starts today  in Park City, Utah.  In case you can't get...

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Aliza Marton’s Jewish Fine Art

Los Angeles artist Aliza Marton was raised in an artistic family. But after she got married, she focused on raising her own family and...

Israel Cordons Off Heavily Infected Orthodox Suburb

Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

Palestinian Incitement Continues Unabated, Despite Israeli Assistance Regarding COVID-19

In just the last month alone, Israel transferred millions of shekels to the Palestinian Authority and has facilitated the entry of thousands of Palestinian...

Israeli Missile-Production Line Starts Churning Out Much-Needed Ventilators

“We are operating in a challenging time, and in a global ‘war’ to acquire the necessary components and fulfill our mission,” said Udi Kantor, CEDO of Inovytec.

Forgot How Good ‘The Prince of Egypt’ Is? Well, Now It’s On Hulu.

Social distancing and staying inside is hard. Thankfully, accessing good things to watch during this time is not. This is the first installation of...
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