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Documentary Feature  





Constantine's Sword
Directed by
Oren Jacoby
USA / 2006 / 95 minutes

In English, German, Italian, and Yiddish,
East Coast Premiere
Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films I
10/12/2007, 4:30PM
Bearsville Theater
10/14/2007, 4:00PM
Constantine's Sword begins in Colorado Springs, where anti-Semitism and Evangelical endorsements are running rampant at the U.S. Air Force Academy. James Carroll, a former Catholic priest with an Air Force upbringing, dives head-on into the dark past of Catholicism and how its roots have come to flourish in the modern era. Focusing on Christian anti-semitism and the more recent violence against Muslims, Carroll traces how traditional Christian heroes marginalized a vibrant people, and makes the history of anti-Semitism painfully clear and accessible. In doing so, he artfully integrates his own personal story of religion and activism. The film offers a harrowing look into U.S. foreign policy, past and present, and the role that religious fanaticism has played. "Constantine's Sword" whips around the globe to reveal the ancient shortcomings of a great power and its modern implications. From the Crusades to Bush's war in Iraq, "Constantine's Sword" pulls its audience through history and is an essential tool for understanding war and religion throughout the ages.
Oren Jacoby (Director/Producer/Co-writer) is an Oscar¨ nominated filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced award-winning films for more than two decades. He has made documentaries for the BBC, ABC, HBO, PBS, National Geographic, VH-1, and NHK (Japan).

His last film, "Sister Rose's Passion", was winner of Best Documentary Short at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award¨.

Recent credits include: "Downtown Stories" 5 portraits/jam sessions commissioned by Nokia and the Tribeca Film Festival, featuring Rosie Perez and Ed Burns; "The Topdog Diaries" with the 2002 Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, and performances by Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright; "The Shakespeare Sessions" starring Kevin Kline, Cynthia Nixon, Liev Schreiber, and Charles S. Dutton; "The Beatles Revolution", for ABC and VH-1, "Swingin' with Duke", starring Wynton Marsalis and "Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself"; "Master Thief" on the Ÿart heist of the century'; and "Success" for the Emmy award-winning PBS series, The Irish in America.

Jacoby also wrote, produced and directed "The Return Ticket", adapted from a short story by Anton Chekhov; "Ghosts of the Bayou"; "Idols of the Game", featuring Michael Jordan; "Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing" for American Masters and "The Second Russian Revolution", a behind the scenes investigation of the collapse of the USSR, called Ÿthe best BBC series of the decade' by the London Independent.

He is currently producing "The Italian Secretary", based on the novel my Caleb Carr and "The Marquis de Lafayette" (working title). His has just completed "The Last Girl on Earth" a romantic-comedy short commissioned by the Tribeca Film Festival based on a screenplay by Richard Dresser; see it online @

In addition to being honored by the Academy and the Tribeca Film Festival, he has won CINE Golden Eagles, the Royal Television Society (UK) journalism award, and the MacArthur Golden Owl award, as well as grants from the American Film Institute and ITVS (The Independent Television Service).

Jacoby has directed plays at Theater for the New City, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, the West Bank CafŸ and regional theaters, including new works by Richard Dresser, Quincy Long, and Franz Xavier Kroetz. He collaborated with Adrian Hall on an adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men", with songs by Randy Newman, at the Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Rep. His stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man was performed in a reading at the Tribeca Theater Festival, in a co-production with the Classical Theater of Harlem. He wrote the screenplay for "Shores of a Dream" (in development) and is co-author with Forrest Stone of the original screenplay "Tarzan Brown" for the Oxford Film Company. He attended Brown University, RISD and the Directing Program of the Yale School of Drama and is a native New Yorker.

Cast/Featuring: Liev Schreiber, Phillip Bosco, Natasha Richardson, Eli Wallach
Producer(s): Oren Jacoby, James Carroll, Michael Solomon, Betsy West, Elgin Smith (Supervising Producer)
Director(s): Oren Jacoby
Screenwriter(s): James Carroll, Oren Jacoby
Cinematographer(s): Bob Richman
Editor(s): Kate Hirson
Composer(s)/Music: Joel Goodman
Other Credits: Elgin Smith (Supervising Producer)

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