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Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy

Director - Rauzar Alexander
Run Time - 118 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2018
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Biographies/Profiles, Cinema Studies, Education, Media Studies, Performance, New Releases

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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What do Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Patti LuPone and Alex Sharp have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary actors who have studied under Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school. With interviews with Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Kline, this compelling portrait of the master teacher-the sole remaining founder of the school's legendary Drama Division-takes us inside the drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next generation of actors for the spotlight.

"A great story of a life lived devoted to the arts. As Kevin Kline says, 'Like any great teacher's legacy, you're not in the spotlight, you prepared others for the spotlight.' This film is that spotlight for Moni, who has done so many impressive things and truly believes in art for art's sake. This film is a love letter to a teacher who shaped the futures of so many wonderful actors, and who is an incredible performer in his own right." - Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

"Engaging...fascinating. The nature of drama and the creative process is visceral and difficult to explain, but this documentary particularly flourishes in the careful observation of the young actors learning from Yakim. The raw energy and power in their dynamic, fluid motion is all the explanation you need for why his work endures." - Caroline Madden, Screen Queens

"One of the more insightful films about acting in some time, an observational tribute to acting teacher Moni Yakim. It's almost like auditing a class. Two of Yakim's mentors, mime artist Marcel Marceau and acting teaching Stella Adler, make important appearances early in his career and onscreen here, marking the first time the two have ever been together on stage or film." - Kent Turner, Film-Forward