Jewish Story Partners’ first grantees include documentary Joey Soloway – Deadline

Jewish Story Partners, a new Los Angeles-based film foundation with seed funding from Steven Spielberg and the Kate Capshaw Righteous People Foundation, on Wednesday named its first round of grants, including projects from Joey Soloway (Transparent), Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A punk prayer, Our new president) and Luke Lorentzen (Midnight family).

JSP has awarded a total of $ 225,000 to ten US documentary projects. The selection jury included Lou Cove, founder of the CANVAS Collaboration for the Funding of Jewish Arts; documentary film producer Julie Goldman; and Kim Yutani, programming director, Sundance Film Festival.

“We are honored to support this bold and imaginative group of filmmakers and their projects,” said Yutani. “These excellent films reflect a wide range of Jewish experiences, from spiritual and artistic to cultural and political.”

Jewish Story Partners, supported by the Steven Spielberg Righteous People Foundation, launches; Directed by Roberta Grossman, Caroline Libresco

JSP is led by Roberta Grossman, who holds the role of Senior Film Festival Production Manager and Programmer, Former Director of Sundance Catalyst and Producer Caroline Libresco, as Artistic Director. It aims to promote independent Jewish films and expand the range of stories.

This year, it will award $ 500,000 in grants to feature-length documentaries based in the United States – which will be selected by juries. In the coming years, JSP plans to significantly increase its funding and expand its eligibility to include international filmmakers and fiction projects. A call for applications for a second round of funding has been launched for feature documentaries by American producers and directors.

“I am delighted to be working with Jewish Story Partners,” said writer and director Soloway. “For so long we have needed untold Jewish stories to be revealed and enter into the larger culture. This type of funding and support, especially for independent and risky films, is sorely lacking in the funding landscape. “

Jewish Story Partners Spring 2021 Scholarships:

Coexistence my ass!
Writer, Director and Producer Amber Fares, Creative Producer Rachel Leah Jones

Coexistence my ass! follows Noam Shuster, a bilingual Hebrew and Arabic Israeli comedian who hatches a daring act out of the wild and wonderful identity politics she embodies. When the # BLM-inspired protests reach Israel, Noam realizes it’s time to push his compatriots to unlearn their racism, one joke at a time.

The conspiracy
Director Maxim Pozdorovkin, Producer Joe Bender

From the feverish imaginations of the crazy to the mainstream, The conspiracy traces the rise of the biggest lie ever told: that a dangerous cabal of powerful Jews controls the world.

Meredith Monk: dancing voice, singing body
Directors and Producers Billy Shebar, David Roberts

Executive Produced by Björk, a feature-length documentary fusing experimental animation, interviews and live performances to explore the life and art of acclaimed Jewish-American singer, songwriter, director and choreographer Meredith Monk.

Director and Producer Sandi DuBowski

Rabbi follows Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie’s epic 18-year journey from rebellious drag queen to rabbinical student to founder of Lab / Shul, an open-ended, optional, experimental pop-up congregation run by the artists, as he creatively and radically reinvents religion and ritual for a difficult 21st century.

South commons
Director Joey Soloway, Producers Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Joey Soloway, Andrea Sperling

Joey Soloway remembers an idyllic childhood in an intentional 1970s community called South Commons, but in 2020, when Joey begins to reconnect with other South Commons residents, they find the community was not a utopia for everything. the world, unearthing the different realities between black and white Residents, they come to discover that the seemingly liberal community was a microcosm of racial injustice in America.

Untitled Spiritual Care Documentary
Director Luke Lorentzen, Producer Kellen Quinn

Each year at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, four residents join the team of interfaith chaplains who care for the emotional and spiritual well-being of thousands of patients and medical staff. During their residency, we follow these chaplains-in-training as they learn what it means – and what it takes – to witness and help those in need.

The wild
Director Tessa Louise Salomé, Co-producer Joslyn Barnes

The wild illuminates the journey of little-known artist Jack Garfein – Holocaust survivor, co-founder of Actors Studio West, Broadway director and Hollywood filmmaker – revealing how his experience in concentration camps propelled his provocative explorations of violence into the world America after the war and shaped his vision of art as a vehicle for resilience.

Jewish Story Partners from time to time deploys discretionary grants for projects that may receive targeted support at a critical time. Jewish Story Partners’ first round of discretionary grants is awarded to:


Directors and Producers Avishai Mekonen, Shari Rothfarb Mekonen

Hero is the untold story of a group of Ethiopian Jewish activists who fought dictatorship, genocide and famine in the 1970s-1990s to ensure the survival of their former community and continue to fight today to empower a young generation.

Co-directors Josh Freund, Sam Radutzky, producer Alex Spatt

Joyva, the 113-year-old family confectionery business, a beloved name among American Jews that is woven into the fabric of their traditions, is at risk of bankruptcy, with her legacy and four generations of dreams, than the backs. grandchildren must now fight to save.

Walk with me
Director Heidi Levitt, Producers Heidi Levitt, Vanessa Perez

Walk with me follows the journey of my husband Charlie Hess and our family over three years living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. We will see him as the Father, Creator, Husband, Patient, and his authentic self as he navigates life with an illness that most people are afraid to talk about.

JSP’s initial funding is provided by the Foundation of righteous people, which previously supported the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film, hosted by the now closed Foundation for Jewish Culture. A corresponding gift has been received from the main partner Maimonides Fund, with additional support provided by Jim Joseph Foundation.

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