News of the Muse

Remembering Miri Ben Yosef.

Remembering Miri Ben Yosef Public Relations guru Miri Ben-Yosef succumbed to cancer earlier this week. The 61-year-old helped jump start the careers of numerous musicians including Ahinoam Nini, Shalom Hanoch, Eyal Golan, Nurith Galron, Sarit Hadad, Meir Banai, Gidi Gov, Yehudit Ravitz, Kaveret, and Arik Einstein, among many others. Born in Tel Aviv, Ben-Yosef kicked off her career three decades ago. She started out working for publicist Homi Mosinzon, but quickly went on to open a joint company with Miri Zichroni. That venture lasted two years before Ben-Yosef stepped out on her own. Artists who signed on with her knew that getting to the top would be that much easier. She was well loved by journalists with whom she worked closely. Ben-Yosef was buried on Monday in Tel Aviv. - Viva Sarah Press Nesher signs on US deal Film director Avi Nesher (Turn Left at the End of the World) and local producers Moshe Edri and Dudi Zilber recently penned a deal with American producers Anthony Bergman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Ted Hope (In the Bedroom). According to a report in Yediot Aharonoth, Nesher will write the screenplay for a film based on the Paul Watkins book, The Story of My Disappearance, and direct the movie. The deal will only come to fruition after Nesher finishes two films he is currently working on. The Story of My Disappearance is scheduled to be shot in Israel and the US and is reported to comprise both Israeli and American actors. Nesher's film Turn Left at the End of the World is still big on international film festival circuit. Last month it won the "Jury Award" at the Third World Film Festival of Bangkok. - Viva Sarah Press Marathon of films by TAU & Ma'ale students Tonight at 20:00, the Block Institute for Jewish Culture in Tel Aviv is sponsoring an evening of films by students at the Ma'ale Film School in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. The idea behind the program is to put together films by students from two different worlds (secular Tel Aviv and religious Jerusalem) and to look at and learn from the contrasts and common ground. Actor Ilan Ganani (Ushpizin) will host a panel on issues raised by the films, many of which deal with relationships, dating and love. The Block Institute is located at Zeitlin Street, #22 in Tel Aviv. For more information, call 03-695-4522. - Hannah Brown