Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel bursts through physical confines of a 'Diving Bell'
The term "stroke of luck" could not have taken on a more odious oxymoronic meaning than it did for French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, at 43, in 1995, was dealt an unfashionable fillip by life -- a freakish stroke that left him painfully paralyzed, with the exception of his left eye. And for a man who always had an...
Chazz Palminteri at the intersection of bravery and bluster, in the 'Bronx'
Chazz Palminteri gives Damon Runyan a run for his money in "A Bronx Tale," a wonderful one-man show of a million mugs so tough it took a stagehands' strike to stop Broadway shows in terms they could understand -- in this case, the stagehands had only to give them the finger. Okay, it was all 10 of them, holding placards...
"The Kite Runner" tale has snaked through the sky like a paper sunburst, electrifying fans of the best-selling book keyed up for its transformation into a movie. Can lightning strike twice? Seems it has, albeit the last bolt from the blue grounded the film for a bit. Based on Khaled Hosseini's hotly received roar of a novel about boyhood friendship...
... and other songs to wax lyrical about on TV's returning 'The Singing Bee'
Think Chanukah gathering's the only time when bee's wax sheds light on a good Jewish song? For Philadelphia's Bob Horowitz, bees wax lyrical every week; but then, every week is a chai -light and a menorah mint for him since "The Singing Bee" is singing high notes and higher ratings for its network, NBC. Horowitz is president and executive producer...
So damned by genocide, Sudan is a desert of hope, forlorn and forgotten for so long. Until now, that is: Darfur, the sand-bitten beachhead of benign neglect by the world, is getting its moment in the sun these days. And "Darfur Now," a new documentary written and directed by Theodore Braun, lets the sunshine in as never before. Opening on...


Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.



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