“Bloody Rabbit” explores the modern day rise in anti-Semitism

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.

ORLANDO — The Great Recession brought terrible hardship to millions of people, and R.T. Robeson is no exception.
The Orlando man thought he had it all by his late 40s, but the recession took everything he had — his job, his savings, his home, car, even his cat. As he struggles to find employment, he also tries desperately to hold onto his dignity.
Things eventually turn around for Robeson: he finds a new, lower paying job, and a tiny apartment that is affordable on his new salary. But something else has changed. In a society that has seen its wealth and opportunities wiped away, there are some who look for scapegoats. In the minds of the most twisted among them, those scapegoats are easy to find.
Freeline Productions’ novel “Bloody Rabbit” explores the rise of anti-Semitism following a devastating economic crash — seen through the eyes of a man who now finds himself being targeted, and stalked, by someone who believes one specific group can be blamed for this ongoing economic misery: the Jews. Read more »

Jewish Cinema: “Before the Fall”

The 2004 German film "Before the Fall" is set in an elite high school academy -- with a devious mission.

The 2004 German film “Before the Fall” is set in an elite high school academy — with a devious mission.


“Before The Fall” is a Holocaust film – even though there are no scenes set in a World War II concentration camp.
The 2004 German film is set during the war in 1942, but there are no scenes on the battlefield. Jews are never mentioned in this movie, which takes place inside an elite high school, located in a castle on a mountain in the regional government of Allenstein (territory that is today part of the Polish Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.) We follow a group of teenage boys attending the all-male school.
“Before the Fall,” which was written and directed by Dennis Gansel, seems more like a German version of “Dead Poet’s Society” than a movie like “Schindler’s List.” But make no mistake, this is a movie about the Holocaust, and a deeply disturbing one, despite the fact that it offers a mostly casually-paced, quiet storyline.
The movie is about Friedrich Weimer, a small town teenager whose father is a blue-collar factory worker. Friedrich would seem to be headed for the same path in life, when he gets a lucky break. He demonstrates great skill and promise as a boxer, and gets noticed one day by a boxing instructor at the National Political Academy, the high school that trains teenage boys in the creed of the Nazi Party – and literally serves as their entryway into the Nazi elite. It’s a highly prestigious school, and for a working class boy like Friedrich, it seems like an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to aim for something better. Read more »

Lakeland man secretly recorded female tenant, sheriff says

Armando Perez is now in the Orange County Jail, facing 15 counts of video voyeurism.

Armando Perez is now in the Orange County Jail, facing 15 counts of video voyeurism.

LAKELAND – Imagine you’re in comfortably situated in your bedroom. You turn on the television and click a button on the remote. Then something surprising happens – actually, it’s startling, and shocking. What you see on that television set is … yourself.
There you are, watching a live video image of yourself in your bedroom. And it dawns on you then: there’s a camera hidden somewhere in your room … and it’s watching you.
If it sounds like a scene from a dark and paranoid television show like “The X-Files” or “Twin Peaks,” it was actually the scary reality this week for one woman in Lakeland, and it led to the arrest of the man who had been secretly recording the 23-year-old woman without her knowledge — or permission. Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All”

"Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All" is now playing through Halloween.

“Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All” is now playing through Halloween.

ORLANDO – It’s late at night on Christmas Eve, and an elderly Norwegian woman, Adelina, hears the village church bells ring. She’s ready to leave behind the warm fire, and on this cold night walk from her home to the nearby church for midnight mass.
Now, imagine you arrive at the church, as Adelina does, and you sit down in the pews, surrounded by other people. Then you notice the church is getting colder and colder …. and the people around you are sitting perfectly motionless, looking pale. Would you start to get an eerie feeling that something is not right?
Would you begin to tremble ….
…. and scream?
October brings out a lot of traditions – pumpkins decorating front lawns, fall wreaths on the door, Halloween decorations in the yard, candy apples in the stores. Ghosts, of course, can be a favorite topic year-round, but they never seem quite so popular as around this time of year. Read more »

Governor calls for restrictions on some international flights to battle Ebola

As an international tourist destination, Florida state health officials want to take steps to protect Florida's residents, tourists, and tourism industry workers from the Ebola virus.

As an international tourist destination, Florida state health officials want to take steps to protect Florida’s residents, tourists, and tourism industry workers from the Ebola virus.


ORLANDO — Florida remains one of the nation’s top tourist destinations, and Central Florida and the city of Orlando have experienced record-breaking years recently for tourism.
But as an international destination, there’s growing concern about the potential risk here for the possible arrival of visitors from Liberia and other African nations who could potentially be carrying the Ebola virus, and what it means for the other visitors to the region’s top tourism destinations like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando – and the employees who work there. Read more »

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