Joel Goodman is an Emmy-winning composer who has scored over 125 films that have received 4 Oscar nominations, 15 Emmy awards and over 25 Emmy nominations. He has collaborated with an impressive array of distinguished directors and producers including Wong Kar-wei, Neil LaBute, Kevin Spacey, Albert Maysles, Andrew Jarecki, Barbara Kopple, Rachel Grady, Oren Jacoby, Irene Taylor Brodsky, Marshall Curry, Sebastian Junger and Fisher Stevens.

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This Wednesday, January 27th, marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor of the event, the Museum of Tolerance will be screening Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah in Los Angeles. If you are around, I highly recommend you check out this film!

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Museum of Tolerance | Los Angeles, CA

Marking the 30th anniversary of Shoah’s 1985 release, as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 40-minute short documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah tells the story of the French filmmaker and investigative journalist’s more than decade-long challenge to create hi…

Congratulations to Adam Benzine on his 2016 Oscar nomination for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah! I am so thankful that he chose me to score this film about Claude Lanzmann. A toast to you Adam. Bravo!!

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A statement follows from producer/director Adam Benzine:

“I am incredibly moved and honored that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated ‘Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah’ for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.

I am also delighted for, and extremely grateful to, Claude Lanzmann, who has dedicated decades of his life to educating the world about the horrors of the Holocaust, using the power of documentary filmmaking.

This nomination today is a recognition of his incredible body of work. I know, from speaking firsthand to many of today’s leading documentary filmmakers, that Mr. Lanzmann’s groundbreaking films continue to be a major influence to those working in the non-fiction realm. And I remain deeply honored that he agreed to sit and discuss his life and his work with my team and I.

Speaking of my team, this film could not have been made without their hard work and perseverance. Many agreed to work on a deferred salary basis, with only the promise that we would be making something important and worthwhile. I would not have been able to complete this documentary without their passion.

I want to thank Alex Ordanis, my DP, AP, and my friend, who signed up without hesitation to be my right-hand man during production; and Kimberley Warner, my co-producer, supporter and second in command, who helped hold the reins in the hard years after filming was done.

Kelsey Irvine, who managed our difficult shoot while offering support both practical and emotional, and Tiffany Beaudin, our faithful editor, who worked long into the dark, day after day, always being patient with me when I needed time to think, or couldn’t find my way.

The film would not have been possible without the support of my parents, Kathryn and Halim Benzine.

Elsewhere, my friend and mentor, Nick Fraser, provided access, support and reassurance, while Sabine Bubeck-Paaz from ZDF and Mette Hoffmann Meyer from Denmarks radio invested in the film at a time of uncertainty, when the project’s prospects were far from a sure bet.

So many others helped make this film. Lindsey Love, my business partner, and Joel Goodman, my amazing composer… Daniel Hewett, Emanuel Lachappelle, Chris Perez, Petra Valier, Philippa Kowarsky, Elizabeth Klinck, Adam J Segal, Charlotte Cook, Sheila Nevins, Sara Bernstein, and the whole team at HBO Documentary Films. And so many others, who offered encouragement along the way.

I am so grateful to all these people for their love, work, and support.

Finally, I want to thank members of the Academy’s documentary branch for voting for honoring this film. Thank you so much.”

Congratulations to the whole team of Everything Is Copy on the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

‘Labyrinth Of Lies’, Nora Ephron Doc ‘Everything Is Copy’ Take Audience Awards At Palm Springs Fest

Foreign-Language Oscar-shortlisted Labyrinth Of Lies took the Mercedes Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Director Giulio Ricciarelli’s …

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