Monday, July 4, 2011

Miss India Portugal, Préity Üupala at the Jewish Film festival, Los Angeles

VARIETY IS THE SPICE: The L.A. Jewish Film Festival's sixth year got off to an auspicious start in Beverly Hills with an eclectic group of luminaries — ranging from Buzz and Lois Aldrin to Miss India, Preity Uupala, to "American Idol's" Tim Urban — turning out for the opening night film, "An Article of Hope." The fest itself is eclectic as well, celebrating the Jewish experience from intense dramas like France's "La Rafle" (The Roundup) to comedies such as "Shalom Sesame" to the "Article of Hope" film about Israel's first astronaut. Thursday's (5/12) closing night film is "Who Do You Love," the story of rock 'n' roll's fabled Chess Records. Songwriter Diane Warren is among the musicos expected.

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