Discussion: Jewish Indies

Posted: September 19, 2011

The American Jewish experience has been a fertile ground for independent filmmakers. Indeed, one of the earliest indie film movements was that of Yiddish language cinema, which played widely in Jewish communities around America and beyond.

What’s your favorite indie dealing with the American Jewish experience?

Reel 13 Indies host Richard Pena thinks Hester Street by Joan Micklin Silver is really a gem!

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  • NiceGuyEddie

    Depends on how one defines “indie”, but I’d vote for Sergio Leone’s epic Once Upon a Time in America.

  • Adina

    JESSIE PODELL, actor singer, a Jewish woman, actor singer, living in NYC, is featured in the short film, The STOOP, surely a best Jewish American film. JESSIE PODELL offers a fascinating and exhilarating performance in her portrayal of a younger Jewish girl in the film story about Jewish and Muslim families co-existing as next-door neighbors, in the short, The STOOP, along with a great cast and film makers. JESSIE PODELL in The STOOP had her film debue in the famed Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in the Queens International Film Festival. The STOOP is my vote for #1 best Jewish American film.

  • Jimmy the goy

    I love Hester Street. Maybe this stretches the category but how about The Divan? I always laugh with Woody Allen at the family in Radio Days.

  • garla redond

    What about Magneto?

  • Michelle L F

    Hester Street, Crossing Delancey, The Golem – a toss-up


    Not exactly an Indie but probably among the best.