TJFF 2017: Rebekah Reiko & Yossi Fine’s Mandala Beats (2016)

May 19, 2017 | By

Pictured (left to right): Gil Ron Shama, Yossi Fine, and Shye Ben Tzur.

Just posted is a review of Rebekah Reiko’s debut doc, Mandala Beats (2016), which showcases virtuoso bass guitarist Yossi Fine, as he leaves to perform at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in India with fellow Israeli musicians Gil Ron Shama and Shye Ben Tzur.

The doc had its World Premiere at TJFF 2017, and I’ll post edited audio from the pre- and post-show Q&As with director Reiko and Fine, partnered with the intro provided by veteran producer Robert Lantos prior to the screening of the Canadian classic Joshua Then and Now (1985). Both will comprise a short podcast to be published next week.

Coming next: a review of John Huston’s 1956 filming of Moby Dick, starring Gregory Peck and a big white whale. The restored film was released on Blu by Twilight Time, sporting some significant extras absent from KINO’s bare bones DVD.




Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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