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Monday, Dec. 3, 2001

KEEPING THE FAITH

Brooklyn filmmaker opens Orthodox closets

We’re so used to hearing film figures trumpet their desire to "make a difference" through their work in Oscar acceptance speeches or Barbara Walters interviews, that we give them little credence. Despite lacking such high-profile media resources, Brooklyn-born independent filmmaker Sandi Simcha DuBowski is making the cliche reality. Comment.

TOP SEED

I’m 23 and bear a striking resemblance to Heather Graham. Pierce Brosnan has flown in from Los Angeles to take me to dinner. As a couple, we’re almost too beautiful. The evening begins with martinis at the bar. The crowd tries not to stare as we walk to our table in the center of the room. Comment.

AFTER STALIN

Russian cinema has always had its share of geniuses. Directors like Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin and Alexander Dovzhenko, who were all active from the silent era of the 1920s right into the ’40s, each made at least one masterpiece - Eisenstein’s "Alexander Nevsky" and "Ivan the Terrible," Pudovkin’s "Mother" and Dovzhenko’s "Earth." Comment.

ON THIN ICE

A large makeshift tub is being assembled on Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theater stage and more than a dozen stagehands are crawling on their hands and knees arranging rubber tubing inside it. Comment.

’TOPSY-TURVY’ OPERA

The Regina Opera Company will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera "The Mikado" on Dec. 1 at 7 pm and Dec. 2 at 4 pm at Regina Hall, 65th Street at 12th Avenue. Comment.

JEWISH BROOKLYN

Meet the editors of the new anthology, "Jews of Brooklyn," on Dec. 6 at 7 pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Though this collection of essays won’t be published by Brandeis University Press until Jan. 11, editors Ilana Abramovitch, the museum’s curriculum manager, and Sean Galvin will give you a sneak peek of what’s to come as they participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC’s New York & Company. Comment.

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