Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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As the world goes Oscar wild on Sunday night with babel over "Babel" and parting shots at "The Departed," Shemi Zarhin can revel in his own pursuit of happiness. Gone Hollywood? Gone Israel! After all, the talent from Tiberias watched as his latest directorial effort, "Aviva My Love," was welcomed lovingly by audiences with the equivalent of three Israeli Oscars...
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Philly guys pen a paean to agents uncovering a traitor in their midst
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Giving "Breach" birth may be the breakout hit Philadelphia filmmakers Adam Mazer and William Rotko have been looking for -- and deserve. The true-life thriller chiller about the spy who came in from the Cold War and poked the federal officials in its FBeye by turning turncoat -- doing irrevocable harm by selling off top state secrets to the Soviets...
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You go, girl -- and while you're at it, why not fix the faucet? "Be Jane" is bedazzling -- an online community of female home-improvement fans who once thought the term was only a TV series about tool guy Tim Taylor. Timid, they're not. Now, they're serious about fixer-uppers and downloading information in areas that stereotypically were men's, including fixing...
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Designer Jonathan Adler asks just that on a new TV reality series
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Lux loft as environmental Zoloft? A white window valence as veiled threat to Valium? Extreme Makeover: The Mental Condition? Well ... in a way, muses adored designer Jonathan Adler, there can be a connect between mind and matter -- especially when that matter is chintz or chamois. He should know: The top designer is lead judge for "Top Design," Bravo's...
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Charles Farmer, Man of La Moonshot? Impossible dreams, indeed! A Texas lone ranger enraging the feds by building his own rocket to soar into orbit? What is this -- a Polish joke? No, a Polish fantasy. Meet Mark and Michael Polish, twins with a singular vision of getting movies made. The Polish princes -- Bobby Vinton, move over -- polish...
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Profile

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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