After a tragic accident occurs in her home, the Grand Rabbi's wife must decide how to handle the unexpected consequences.
Where Is Joel Baum is a short film about how a tragic accident causes unexpected consequences in the home of a Hasidic rabbi in contemporary Brooklyn.
I started producing films through Palinka Pictures (named after my favorite drink) and through the films I’ve made, I've learned to creatively stretch my filmmaking dollar. I am asking now if you would get involved with making this film a reality through kickstarter.
In 2004 I released my first film which is grounded in my own experience in the Hasidic community, a documentary called Divan which follows a ancestral couch from Budapest to Brooklyn. I’ve produced and directed a few documentaries since then, including a walking tour of Hasidic Williamsburg, and I am now a graduate student in Fiction Screenwriting and Directing at City College of New York.
In this project, I continue my exploration of Hasidic life with similar themes (like community, faith, personal agency and responsibility), only this time in a fictionalized context.
We are in pre-production right now preparing to shoot the film in February.
I feel fortunate to be working with an extraordinarily talented cast and crew including Lynn Cohen (Munich, Sex in the City, etc.), Tibor Feldman (Damages, The Devil Wears Prada, etc.), Arthur French (Crooklyn, etc.), Shayna Levine (Palindromes, etc.), Elli, Danusia Trevino, and Luzer Twersky.
This is a labor of love for all who are involved and we hope get involved as well.
Where Your Money Will Go:
So far, the production has been made possible with the support and services of CCNY and thanks to the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, we have our first $1,000 grant.
However, additional funds are necessary to meet the budget needs: location fees, permits, art department, wardrobe, lighting, transportation, catering and, last but not least, editing and publicity.
With your help we can make this happen. The money raised will go directly to the film.
Any contribution would be appreciated. On the right side of the screen is the list of contribution and the rewards... every dollar counts.
We’ll have a premiere screening at the Cityvisions Festival at City College of New York and we will invite you to attend, whether you gave us one dollar or $5,000... and there are other rewards, but the biggest one is that we'll be very grateful that you helped us make this film possible.
(For those who are in the know regarding Yiddish transliteration, forgive me, those expressions on the right are authentic, but the mis-spellings are entirely my own!)
Who We Are:
Pearl Gluck (Writer/Director)
James J. Gagne, Jr. (Producer)
Timur Civan (DP)
Rommel Genciana (Cinematographer)
Alex Lora (Editor)
Jeremiah Kipp (AD)
Rony Cohen (Associate Producer)
a local find from Tel Aviv University
Ingrid Okola (Make-Up Artist/Beard Specialist)
Drew Leary (Stunt Coordinator)
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub (Creative Consultant)
and Special Thanks to
Hit And Run Productions for Props and Costumes:
Brooklyn Moto for parking and storage:
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A shaynm dank! Thank you! You are cordially invited to the CCNY Cityvisions Film Festival premiere in May.Estimated delivery:
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A hartzign l'chaim! A hearty L'chaim! Not only will you be invited but we would love to list you as a supporter on our website.Estimated delivery:
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Biz a hundert un tzvuntzig! May you live 'til 120 and to make that more of a possibility, we will send you a copy of the Grand Rabbi's wife's blessed challah recipe she is baking in the film... and of course, all of the above upon you.Estimated delivery:
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Zolst zayn gebentsht! May you be blessed! We want to send you those challahs, along with the recipe, just in time for the Sabbath (or any occasion)... we can hand it to you at the premiere or deliver it to your home... plus all of the above.Estimated delivery:
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A shtick nakhes! What great joy! Your generosity overwhelms us... and for that, we will also send you a signed DVD of the short film along with your invitation to the premiere. What a mentsch!Estimated delivery:
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Bay mir bistu shayn! You are beautiful to me! I would like very much to give you a Special Thank You in the credits of the film, and send you a bottle of palinka! Of course, you will also be our guest at the premiere... not to mention, we'll get you a copy of the DVD.Estimated delivery:
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Bay mir hastu kheyn! You are too kind! For that alone, in addition to a Special Thank You in the credits, and your choice of challah or palinka, I would like to take you and a group of up to 5 people on a personal walking tour of Hasidic Williamsburg... and please, be our guest at the premiere, we'll hand you the DVD then.Estimated delivery:
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Bay mir bistu di shensteh oyf der velt! With such impressive generosity, to me you are the most beautiful in the world... In addition to being invited to the Cityvisions festival, we would really like to offer you a private screening of the short for up to 15 people at your home. The director will be present to bask in your inner beauty and generosity. I will also give you your own signed copy of the film you helped make possible.Estimated delivery:
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Oy, mamma, bin ikh farlibt! Oh am I in love (with your generous spirit, of course). Associate Producer credit upon you! And we will also offer you a Dzigan & Shumacher album featured in the short film, let alone the private screening at your own home with the director present, in awe of you, DVD in hand.Estimated delivery:
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Vus ken ikh shoyn zogn? What can I say? You're making our dream come true! I would personally like to take you on a walking tour of Williamsburg with a group of your choice, offer a private screening at your home, and I can't let you get away without an Executive Producer credit and a bottle of palinka. Vi nemt men ah-za mazl! From where did I find such good fortune? And, of course, we will invite you to the CCNY Cityvisions Film Festival premiere in May.Estimated delivery:
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