For the Love of Money(2012)
Spanning more than two decades, For the Love of Money follows the true account of a Jewish immigrant who searches for his piece of the American dream.
The story begins in Tel Aviv in 1973, where young Izek is raised in a seedy, gangster filled illegal casino that operates behind his family's bar. The casino is a haven for unsavory characters who seek to corrupt him to their way of life. When violence and crime finds its way to him and his family, Izek (played by Yuda Levi) and his family relocate to Los Angeles. Hoping to start anew, he pursues his ambitions. Success seems to find him at every turn and after falling in love with the beautiful Aline (Delphine Chanéac), lady luck seems to be on his side.
However, it isn't long before the world of crime that Izek tried to escape so long ago continues to doggedly follow his every step. Threatened by a temperamental gangster (James Caan), his criminal cousin (Oded Fehr), and even a Colombian drug lord (Steven Bauer), Izek finds that starting with a clean slate is all but impossible. As those close to him fall victim to the promises of quick money by the way of the gun, violence surrounds Izek until he has no choice but to confront it.
Critically acclaimed Ellie Kanner (Crazy Love, Wake) directs For the Love of Money, a true story of crime, family, love, loss, and the temptations of easy money, based upon the life of executive producer Izek Shomof. She teams with a creative group of award winning cinematographer Andrzej Sekula (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) and producer/screenwriter Jenna Mattison (Fish Without a Bicycle, The Third Wish).
The film comes packed with a powerful ensemble, also starring Oscar nominee James Caan (The Godfather), Edward Furlong (Terminator II: Judgment Day), Steven Bauer (Scarface), Oded Fehr (The Mummy), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), and Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire).
Jonathan Lipnicki...Young Yoni
Jeffrey Tambor...Mr. Solomon
Paul Sorvino...Red Parker
Cody Longo...Young Isaac
Meredith Scott Lynn...Mazal
Michael Papajohn...Little Guy
Jenna Mattison (screenplay)
Michael Micco (story)
Charles Arthur Berg...line producer
Izek Shomof...executive producer
Ken Topolsky...executive producer