Saturday, October 27, 2018

10/29/18 - Janeane spoke with Director Aaron Wolf about his film Restoring Tomorrow - AUDIO below!

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After touring the country in the current divided climate, Aaron Wolf brings his film of unification and hope back to where the inspirational journey began.

In a time where Restoring Tomorrow’s themes of bringing people together resonate more than ever, Aaron Wolf and Howling Wolf Productions’ award-winning feature recently premiered at the American Jewish Heritage Society in Manhattan. The Fathom Events specia screening on November 13th will include a special added value discussion featuring filmmaker Aaron Wolf,

Rabbi Steve Leder, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti,Phil Cooke, Michael Medved,Bishop Ken Ulmer,

Rev. Scott Coleglaizer and Rabbi Susan Goldberg

In a time where Restoring Tomorrow’s themes of bringing people together resonate more than ever, Aaron Wolf and Howling Wolf Productions’ award-winning feature will screen for the first time in Manhattan, on Tuesday, October 16 at the American Jewish Heritage Society, 15 West 16th Street, NYC 10011. This performance will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with Wolf and special guests.

As director Aaron Wolf showcased the film in festivals and private screenings across the country, finding very similar dilapidation and a hunger for a deeper connection, it became even more clear that this wasn’t just an L.A. story, it wasn’t just a story of faith, it was truly an American story, especially for the America of today. “In these divisive times, we need to restore ourselves by connecting with things that truly matter, so we can see so much that we share in common, whether red or blue, old or young,” Wolf said. “Our film shows how communities around the nation can lead the way in bringing us back together. I found this in connecting to my place that mattered, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and in exploring others around the country, as seen in the film, to so many different races, religions and cultures.”

Restoring Tomorrow, tells the tale of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard Temple, built in 1929 by the original Hollywood moguls. With its towering ten-story-high dome, it ranks with the Chinese Theater and Griffith Planetarium as among the great Los Angeles landmarks. But by the 21st century, it required tens of millions of dollars of restoration to avoid the wrecking ball and, ultimately, save the surrounding neighborhood. This against-all-odds story is told through the personal journey of director Aaron Wolf who, like so many of his generation, had become disaffected from his faith. In chronicling the Temple’s restoration, led by Rabbi Steve Leder, Wolf finds a personal restoration happening, as he reconnects with and finds new meaning in his community. Ultimately, the Temple’s story becomes a model for communities everywhere, as it demonstrates how, with determination and common purpose we can breathe new life into treasured places that matter.

The film’s production company, Howling Wolf Productions, will be donating a portion of ticket sales to The Interreligious Council of Southern California, which Wolf’s grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, founded. Wolf added, “My grandfather escaped from Nazi Germany. When I started making Restoring Tomorrow, I thought the term ‘Nazi’ was a thing of the past. Now sadly, it is in the headlines again. In some small way, I hope this film will help promote the bridge-building work of my grandfather, so we can heal again, and the conversation can continue. I’m astounded by the thoughtful conversations that viewers of all backgrounds have with me at end of the film, which definitely takes them to a place they don’t see coming. It’s a beautiful thing to see and I can’t wait to bring those conversations to the city where I grew up.”

Come see the documentary that critic Leonard Maltin calls “a genuinely inspiring film” and have the opportunity to speak with Wolf who will appear alongside special guests at selected screenings for post-film discussions during Restoring Tomorrow’s run.


About Howling Wolf Productions

Howling Wolf Productions (HWP) is a full-service award-winning production company that tells stories. HWP principals Aaron Wolf and Tim Nuttall, working with a talented team of Los Angeles- and New York-based film professionals, pride themselves on their ability to produce quality stories for all genres and all budgets that have played in theaters across the country from the historic Chinese Theater to Times Square. Howling Wolf’s narrative films include the award-winning Guest House, starring Michael Gross and Heather Lind; and The Walk, starring Aaron Wolf, along with Oscar- and Emmy-nominee Peter Riegert. Upcoming adventure-thriller TAR, starring Timothy Bottoms, Graham Greene, and Max Perlich will be released in theaters in 2018. 

Currently, Howling Wolf is in pre-production on the comedy LD University and its companion documentary (We Are All) disAbled, drawing from Aaron’s personal experiences with learning disabilities. For more information, please visit and catch up with Restoring Tomorrow and other projects on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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