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July 7, 2013 12:59 pm

Spike Lee Gives Jewish Boy His Own Film as a Birthday Present (VIDEO)

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Spike Lee in 2012. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iconic director Spike Lee recently gave one Jewish boy in New York the most distinctive birthday gift a film director can offer someone: his own movie.

Dylan Freidman, son of New York City taxi mogul Gene Freidman, shot a short film with Lee in mid-June as a birthday gift. Titled “Dylan’s Wish,” the film follows the 9-year-old boy through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and other locations in the city, as he tries to turn the occasion into an opportunity to make his peers “happy and nice.”

Replete with a party scene featuring Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and an eerie dream-like sequence in the park, Dylan’s birthday eventually turns into an incredibly unique day.

Freidman’s friend and Algemeiner blogger Ronn Torossian, whose daughter appears in the video, told The Algemeiner that Lee is good friends with Freidman and offered up the video as a gift to both Dylan and Gene.

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  • Uncle Spike, I know you’re acclaimed and world renown, and this was a very nice gift to give to someone who you love. For that kudos. But in my opinion . . .you should have sent a gift card.

    While I’m sure that Dylan and all of his friends had fun making a “movie”, what they made was a rambling, incoherent babble that purports to have a message. If the message was that there are lonely kids that need a friend, then why not make that “magic dust” become love, become understanding, become acceptance? Instead what we got was a miss-mash of cliches that sent no real message. This of course is MY OPINION. I’m sure you could look at the work on my website and rip it apart and that would be YOUR OPINION.

    My point is that once this crossed the line from being a personal gift to a friend and into a public screening . . . well it just falls flat given the intrinsic message that is waiting to be uncovered.

  • Batya Lewton

    How disgusting. The cost had to be at least $250,000 dollars. A better lesson project would have had the boy decide which charities to give that money to.

    The boy has learned nothing about tzadaka.

    • NN

      Batya Lewton, The cost of that 5 min video is not 250,000. And what’s really dusgusting here is your judjment. Best of luck!

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