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Happenings—Bestselling Tale Of Man And Dog Now Available, LAJFF Concludes With Rare Screening, Q&A With 98-Year-Old Star

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 10:04 PM


Touching Tale Of Man ‘Saved’ By Homeless Dog Now Available

A bestseller in Canada, Free Days with George ( Penguin Random House)—the true story of a human named Colin Campbell and the homeless dog who saved him while his life is crumbling around him—is now available in the U.S. in paperback.

Described as a combination of Marley and Me, Tuesdays with Morrie and Eat, Pray, Love, the book’s story begins when Campbell, a happily married marketing executive, comes home from a business trip to find his wife has moved out.

Falling into a spiral of depression, his friends encourage him to adopt a 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its gentle nature and remarkable swimming abilities.

After Campbell gets a job in California, George becomes an attention-getting dog in Hermosa beach when he learns to surf. Through these experiences, Colin and George start an adventure together resulting in a life-altering healing process.

Their experience also rekindles Colin’s childhood memories enjoying “free days” with his grandfather.


LAJFF To Close With Rare Screening Of None Shall Escape, Appearance By It’s 98-Year-Old Star Marsha Hunt

A rare screening of the film None Shall Escape and an appearance by a 98-year-old star of the film will close the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd.

Following the showing of the restored classic, actress Marsha Hunt, will receive the Marvin Paige Hollywood Legacy Award. Hunt will also take part in a Q&A moderated by Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Made from Aug.-Oct. 1943, more than 18 months before the war ended, the 72-year-old film was the only American anti-Nazi production made at the time to address the issues of Jews and the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes in a Nuremberg-style trial.

Blacklisted actress/activist Hunt stars in the compelling, courtroom drama. Directed by Andre de Toth and written by Alfred Neumann and Joseph Than, the film also stars Alexander Knox and Henry Travers. Neumann and Than were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story for the script, set in a post-war Nuremberg-style war crimes trial. Writers Neumann and Than were European émigrés, as was Hungarian-born director, de Toth.

With a screenplay by her friend Lester Cole, the film tells the story of Wilhelm Grimm ( Knox) as a Nazi officer who is on trial for crimes against humanity. The story unfolds through the eyes of several witnesses, including a Catholic priest, Father Warecki (Henry Travers – It’s a Wonderful Life,) and Marja (Hunt,) a woman whom he was once engaged to. The film, having predicted the end of the war, starts after the war in  an international court where Hunt’s character testifies against  a man who seduces her daughter who later commits suicide.  Janina is portrayed by contract player Dorothy Morris, who appeared in five films with Hunt.

“It’s a very important film to me,” said Hunt in an interview; “and it didn’t get the spotlight it deserved.” She describes it as an “interesting study” of two German brothers who return from the war, one a “lovely man with a good family who had no part in the Nazi movement,” and the other wounded and embittered.  “He comes back so different,” remembers Hunt. “He returns in charge of a company of Nazi soldiers who occupy a temple and use it as a stable. And the Jews are rounded up in boxcars and sent to camps. It was an appalling thing to see happening,” says Hunt. “It was a terribly important story to tell; and I was privileged to play in such a film. It meant a great deal to me.”

For tickets ($15) and information, call 800-838-3006 or visit


L.A. Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Cellist To Join Doctors Symphony For ‘Stormy’ Program

 The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra will present Beyond the Tempest, featuring Armen Ksjikian, associate principal cellist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, playing Elgar’s Concerto for Violoncello in E-minor, at 8 po.m., Saturday, June 18 at the The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica.

Also included is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F-major. Both pieces share the commonality of a storm, the former being the destructive whirlwind of World War I, the latter a sudden tempest that overtakes countryside reveler.

With Music Director Ivan Shulman, the program will conclude with Erik Satie’s Two Gymnopédies. Parking is free and admission is $20




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