FacesThursday, February 7, 2013 | by suzan berns
Success at Sundance
The film, which was inspired by U.C. Berkeley economist Robert Reich’s book “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future,” takes a big-picture look at what Reich and Kornbluth believe is one of the most important issues of our times — widening economic inequality and how it will affect the economy as well as democracy.
In an interview on the Sundance website, Kornbluth, the brother of monologist Josh Kornbluth, explains that his goal was to make a film that was both “approachable and entertaining given what could be a dry and serious topic.” He researched the topic for more than a year before he felt he had the education and authority to make the film. About inequality, he concludes, “Even the rich would do better with a smaller slice of a growing pie than a larger piece of a shrinking economy.”
Nancy Lipsitz of San Francisco writes that four photographs by her psychotherapist-photographer husband, Stan Lipsitz, are featured on the cover of the January edition of the American Psychologist. Stan retired as the director of a San Francisco mental health clinic and is currently in private practice. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries, libraries and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and his documentary series on San Francisco’s homeless was shown at Grace Cathedral … Dina Tasini of Berkeley reports that her mother, Southern California psychoanalyst Miriam Finder Tasini, has written “Where are We Going,” a memoir about her family escaping Krakow in 1939 just ahead of the Nazi invaders. The book received a glowing review in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
When Marcia Tunik lodged a complaint that her San Rafael High School 50-year reunion was slated for Yom Kippur, she expected (possibly) an apology, nothing more. Instead, writes Tunik, who now lives in Spokane, Wash., the reunion date was changed. The note to classmates explained: “As noted by a number of our fellow classmates, the original date (Sept. 14, 2013) was in conflict with Yom Kippur. The new date allows us to respect the heritage of those who observe this holiest day of the Jewish calendar.”