Eric Goldman, Ph.D.

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“Eric A. Goldman has the all-encompassing grasp to tell this story, both on a broad canvas and in fascinating anecdotal portraits.”Hadassah Magazine


Eric Goldman is a Jewish film scholar and educator. He is adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and he also teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Eric is founder of Ergo Media Inc., a New Jersey-based film distributor, specializing in Jewish-oriented film. Ergo Media is the pioneer in introducing Jewish and Israeli cinema on video in North America. Eric has been a lecturer for the Wexner and Ruderman fellowship programs and in June he will be joining the faculty of the Nahum Goldmann young leadership seminar in Israel. Eric Goldman is also film reviewer for New Jersey's “The Jewish Standard.”


Dr. Goldman is an expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film and noted film historian. He is former director of the Jewish Media Service, which was a national clearinghouse on film and television for the North American Jewish community. At JMS, he helped launch the concept of Jewish television programming and film festivals across the country and greater use of media in Jewish education. Prior to that, he was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where he supervised the preservation of Yiddish films. For many years, he developed and moderated the film program at the Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University in New York City. As a student, Eric was director of The New Jewish Media Project. Eric Goldman was also a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.


Dr. Goldman has been teaching college for nearly two decades. In September 2014, he joined Robert Osborne on TCM: Turner Classic Movies as co-host of a month-long television series, “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” This year, he is providing commentary on Israeli films for Turner’s new video-on-demand subsidiary, Filmstruck. In 2012-2013, he was film scholar-in-residence at the Mid-Westchester JCC.and he has served as scholar-in-residence at synagogues across North America. Eric Goldman was adjunct fellow in cinema at The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a fellow at Brandeis University’s Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies. He was also an educator fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2004, he conceived and co-chaired a national symposium on “The American Jewish Experience as Reflected in Film,” held at Queens College


Eric Goldman received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University, where he studied with Jay Leyda and Robert Sklar, while a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Eastern European Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He holds graduate degrees in Contemporary Jewish Studies and Theater Arts from Brandeis University, a B.A. from Temple University and Bachelor of Hebrew Literature from Gratz College. For over a decade, he planned and moderated the Israeli film series, "Lens on Israel," at New York's 92nd Street Y and the Yiddish film series at Hebrew Union College; he was also one of the founders of the New York Yiddish Film Festival. In 1999, Eric became artistic director of the Jack Wolgin Jewish Film Festival, held in suburban Philadelphia. In 2006, he created the Ergo Media "Digital Filmmaking" specialty camp at the NJ Y Camps in northeastern Pennsylvania, which he continues to supervise. He also developed the “Israel Jewish Identity Film Project” and curriculum for the Avi Chai Foundation and the “PJ DVD Project” for PJ Library and The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.


Eric Goldman has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film. His last book, THE AMERICAN JEWISH STORY THROUGH CINEMA, about the American Jewish encounter with movies, was published in 2013 by The University of Texas Press and recently translated and published in Chinese. He is also the author of the newly revised and expanded VISIONS, IMAGES AND DREAMS: YIDDISH FILM PAST AND PRESENT (Holmes and Meier Publishers, 2011). Prior to that, he authored a monograph on the American Jewish experience through the lens of cinema for American Jewish Committee. Dr. Goldman is currently working on a book about Israel and Israeli cinema.


In 2000, Eric Goldman served as a juror at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. In the summer of 2011, he was film curator at the International Yiddish Theatre Festival in Montreal and in 2012 he curated the Ring Family Israel Film Festival at Yeshiva University. Eric curated the film program at KulturfestNYC, a Jewish culture festival that took place in New York City in June 2015 and he also serves as film curator for the week-long filmfest at the gathering of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies each summer. Dr. Goldman has also produced and directed for radio, television, video and film and has developed and authored over a dozen DVDs, including Yidl mitn Fidl, Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer and Lies My Father Told Me. He won a Special Jury Award at the 1996 International Jewish Video Competition.

 

Jewish Film Educator, Historian and Critic

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Eric Goldman interviews Oscar® -nominated Israeli director Joseph Cedar at Yeshiva University.









Eric Goldman co-hosts with Robert Osborne on TCM: The Turner Classic Movies TV network

Interview with Liev Schreiber about  “Everything Is Illuminated” at YIVO.







Eric Goldman interviews Alan Alda, John Lollos and Theodore Bikel at closing night of KulturfestNYC 2015


“A natural educator… Eric Goldman's presentations are unfailingly scholarly, yet always lucid and intelligible to a popular audience.”







With director Joan Micklin Silver & Carol Kane for 50th anniversary celebration of “Hester Street.”