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West Bank Story: The Interview

Nicola Behrman conducts a short Q&A with Ari Sandel, the West Bank Story director. More here. At the 79th annual Academy Awards, along with Scorsese, Mirren and Whitaker stood a fresh-faced newcomer Ari Sandel, accepting the statue for his short … Read More

By / March 20, 2007

Nicola Behrman conducts a short Q&A with Ari Sandel, the West Bank Story director. More here.

At the 79th annual Academy Awards, along with Scorsese, Mirren and Whitaker stood a fresh-faced newcomer Ari Sandel, accepting the statue for his short movie musical West Bank Story. The sing-songy paean to Arab-Israeli relations was shot as a USC thesis film in the middle of a ranch in Santa Clarita, just outside of L.A.

Sandel imported goats, camels, sand and hummus – a whole lot of hummus. (The neighbors must have thought either a remake of Lawrence of Arabia, or a not-very-inviting revision of the South Beach Diet, was underway.)

Arabs played Arabs, Jews played Jews. Everyone got along just beautifully. It was all very un-Hollywood.

Before the fame and swag had a chance to go to his head, Jewcy spoke to Sandel for 17 minutes, on his cell, shuttling between big studio meetings. Hell, our boy’s a macher now (with a name like Ari, what’d you expect?) we’re lucky we didn’t have to leave a voicemail.

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