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Two options for cheap and free flicks in November

Sam Spiegel celebrates its 30th with its 30 best shorts, and DocAviv offers a second month of Docustream

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Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel Film School is celebrating 30 years of filmmaking with a free VOD site in November, marking filmmaking moments that have included Doron Djerassi's 2007 opportunity to film David Lynch in Israel. (courtesy, Yossi Zwecker)
Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel Film School is celebrating 30 years of filmmaking with a free VOD site in November, marking filmmaking moments that have included Doron Djerassi's 2007 opportunity to film David Lynch in Israel. (courtesy, Yossi Zwecker)

As time at home continues, two top Israeli film institutions, Jerusalem’s Sam Speigel Film School and DocAviv, are offering up a month of cheap and free flicks.

Sam Spiegel is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a video-on-demand site of its 30 best short films, selected by a jury of 100 film people from 45 countries.

Dating from 1989 to 2019, the films include the debuts of Nir Bergman (“Broken Wings,” “In Treatment”), Nadav Lapid (“Synonyms”), Yehonatan Indursky (“Shtisel”), Talya Lavie (“Zero Motivation”), and others.

In addition to the 30 best, there are other films from leading television and film creators in Israel. The festival, taken as a whole, sheds light on how Israeli film and TV have made their mark in the last decades.

The Sam Spiegel films are free for all of November, and after that will include a nominal fee that will be used for scholarships for Sam Spiegel students.

For more screen time, try out the second month of Docustream, the digital offerings from the DocAviv Film Festival that has been offering new and old documentaries for easy screening.

Films can be viewed for NIS 15 per film, or by buying the NIS 80 package that offers viewing of any of the films for the entire month of November.

This month, Docustream is showing “The Painter and the Thief” (2020, English and Norwegian); “A Bigger Splash,” the 1973 documentary about painter David Hockney; and “Lots of Kids, A Monkey and a Castle,” the award-winning 2017 Spanish documentary, among many others to choose from.

Docustream is only available for viewers in Israel.

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