West Bank Story, the movie that sells itself in five seconds

This weekend, I attended an Oscar-watching party, and when the clips from the nominees for Live Action Short Film were run, I was completely won over by West Bank Story. Five seconds of dancing, finger-snapping Jews and Arabs is all I needed.

When filling out your Oscar party ballot, "Live Action Short Film" is one of those categories you just close your eyes and pick randomly since you don't know anything about any of the movies. It felt like everybody else at the party felt the same way I did: If we had seen that clip, we would all have voted for it. In our minds, it won the award before the envelope was even torn open.

Update: Interview with Ari Sandel, director and co-writer.

Comments (5)
  1. GregM says:

    Yeah, same here for me and my wife.  That was pretty good.

  2. Jason says:

    I agree 100%.  When I saw the clip I immediately thought "what a brilliant idea".

  3. oriches says:


    I have a question about the book, todo with WM_MOUSEMOVE message and a paragraph on page 116, where can I send you a query?



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  4. Brad says:

    I was quite excited to see ‘West Bank Story’ (as well as several other of the shorts available for sale at the iTunes Music Store. I picked it up as well as the winning short animation, ‘The Dutch Poet’. Both were great, and well worth the couple of bucks!

  5. Dan McCarty says:

    You can do anything improbable in a play or movie as long as it involves music and dancing!  (Springtime for Hitler in The Producers comes to mind…)

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