ACADEMY AWARDS PRESS RELEASE
"Set where else but the West Bank, this sharp and funny
mock musical features a forbidden love between Israeli soldier
David and the Palestinian Fatima, a love that cannot be because
their families operate the deadly rival snack stands Hummus
Hut and Kosher King. Expertly made and impressive down to
the finger snapping of the rival gangs and the mugging of
a camel named stormy, West Bank Story shows that short films
done right retain the power to surprise and delight the way
they always have."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sunday, January
"Writers Kim Ray and Ari Sandel's disarming and insightful
musical comedy gets everything right from the song parodies
of West Side Story to the fun house mirror of Middle East
politics and allegiances. A really incredible response from
the audience made this film one of the rare short films to
capture the festival's grand prize."
- FILMS IN REVIEW, Stony Brook Film Festival
"West Bank Story, a re-telling of the conflict in the
Middle East filtered through West Side Story was the funniest
and most perfect short of the festival."
- FILMS IN REVIEW, Hamptons Intl Film Fetsival
"Well executed dance numbers, catchy tunes, great production
value and a whole lot of ridiculousness make this the most
entertaining fast food feud since McDowell's took on McDonald's."
- Eric Campos, Film Threat Magazine
The Jewish Journal
IndieWire on Stony Brook Film Festival, Winner