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This project was successfully funded on April 18, 2014.

A young Hasidic Jewish man's life is turned upside down when he confronts a crime being committed in his community.

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THE OTHER SIDE is an indie drama about a young Hasidic Jewish boy who turns to the outside world for help in exposing a crime being committed within his community. In the process his family and world are turned upside down and he comes to question all that he has believed in.

The film takes audiences into a world that they rarely get to see on screen - the secretive Hasidic enclave that exists in the midst of bustling, Brooklyn, NY. They are surrounded by artists and nomads and the pull of temptation that threatens their way of life.

Sexual abuse in religious communities is a hot button issue in our culture and THE OTHER SIDE brings the silence surrounding this crime to the forefront. This film has the ability to explore unexpected similarities in very different worlds as our characters grow, fail, and triumph.

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Our script has received consistently high reviews on the prestigious website The Black List and is a semi-finalist in 2 screenplay competitions. We will use the funds to make the amazing script come to life. We want to bring in a name actor to play the Rabbi and are using a fantastic casting director to make that happen. We have many resources in Brooklyn and believe that we have budgeted the film appropriately. The $50,000 we are asking for is what we need in order to really start this process so we can raise the rest of the money. We plan to start principal photography in August, 2014.

SURPRISE PERK! Choose the $50 or $125 perk level and get your makeup/photos taken by our Director Dani Tenenbaum and our makeup artist Raizy Pollak!

THE TEAM

Dani Tenenbaum - Director

DANI is a director based in New York City. He is originally from Israel and after serving in the army he began making short films and refined his craft at Minshar film school. His short film “Guides” was accepted into a variety of international film festivals including the San Francisco Shorts Festival, The Jerusalem Film Festival, Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival, and the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. Showing at these festivals has prompted interest in turning the short into a feature currently in development. He was a finalist in the Doc Aviv pitch contest for his docushort “Going Home.” Dani continues to make compelling cinema, winning a cinematography award for the short ‘Zoe’ in the 48 Hours Film Project in NY. He is the owner of WIWU productions, a boutique production house that creates commercials and music videos and is now opening a feature film branch. He continues to create a buzz for himself both in New York and Israel.

Stacey Maltin - Screenplay Writer/Producer

Stacey has a BFA from NYU Tisch with a minor in journalism and has been working professionally in film and theater for over ten years. She has produced in New York as well as internationally in Israel and has found a home with WIWU Productions, a boutique production house creating compelling independent film as well as commercial work including music videos, commercials, and PSA’s for major companies worldwide. She uses her background as an actor to write character driven stories that appeal to a wide audience and enjoys playing with genre.  

Lazer Weiss - Writer

Lazer was brought up in a tight knitted Chassidic community, speaking only Yiddish. His creative and unique outlook upon exit from that world inspired Lazer to begin his film career. He wrote, produced, and acted in his first feature film “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish,” which appeared in film festivals, worldwide. He has since worked on many creative projects such as feature films, documentaries and short films. He is also working on a new feature film as a writer.

Raizy Pollak - Writer

Raizy Pollak was born and raised in a ultra orthodox community in Brooklyn, NY. She is a self made filmmaker, using her life ordeals and challenges to inspire others through art. Upon starting her journey of leaving the community, she traveled and experienced different cultures. Additionally she is involved in other feature films, short films and documentaries.

Roberta Morris Purdee - Producer

Often working with Director Lee Grant, Roberta has produced four documentaries for HBO, including A Father... A Son... Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, exploring the lives of Kirk and Michael Douglas and Baghdad ER, winner of multiple Emmy’s, the DuPont and the Christopher Award. For Lifetime, Roberta produced three highly acclaimed documentaries, hosted by Rosie O’Donnell, Kyra Sedgwick, and Marlo Thomas. Work for Sesame Workshop includes Cine Golden Eagle winners Here For You and Talk, Listen, Connect. Producing many award winning Independent documentaries, her personal favorite remains Wallowitch & Ross THIS MOMENT, which was shortlisted for the Oscar. Other festival favorites are Living with the Tiger, For the Next 7 Generations and Praying with Lior.

ARTWORK BY ELKE REVA SUDIN

This is the beautiful piece of artwork you will receive at the $125 perk level! 

Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by new and imagined cross-cultural intersections. Her artwork deals with the tension between the traditional and the contemporary as a consequence of a growing globalized society. Her aim is to use her art as a bridge, creating harmony between visual and societal chaos.

Sudin received critical acclaim for her “Hipsters and Hassids” painting series and has been featured in The New York Times, The NY Daily News, The New Yorker, New York Press, Haaretz, EL PAÍS, The WG News, The Hartford Courant, World Net Daily, and Tablet Magazine.

In 2010, Sudin founded the media outlet Jewish Art Now with the aim to redefine Jewish art in the 21st Century, and has curated programs at Works In Progress, the Flomenhaft Gallery, Gallery Bar, and Industry City, in New York.

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to start principal photography in August. It's possible this could get pushed to September or October (due to actor/crew conflicts) which would make a finished film more likely a few months later. We are utilizing all of our resources to make sure that we make the film in a timely and also creatively wonderful manner.

Our team is committed to this exciting and very relevant project and will make this film happen no matter what. Thank you so much for your support for our film, for the cause.

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    We will tweet and Facebook shout out a special thank you! In addition get access to our film production diary - you will get the inside scoop to what's happening behind the scenes and some filmmaker tips and techniques! Twitter and Facebook shout outs will come immediately.

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    Besides the Twitter/Facebook shoutout and access to our production diary you will also receive access to our exclusive behind the scenes bloopers reel including interviews with the director and actors.

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    Chai! In addition to a Twitter/Facebook shoutout, access to our production diary and exclusive behind the scenes reel you will also be invited to a special live stream screening of the film with a Q and A with the filmmakers directly after!

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    You will receive a digital download of the film in full HD 1080p resolution with Kickstarter backer exclusive extras! You will also get the Twitter/Facebook shoutout and access to our production diary

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    Exclusive t-shirt or tote bag designed for the movie! The t-shirts are soft and stylish and you have your choice between 4 different designs! You will also receive a digital download of the film with exclusive Kickstarter backer extras.

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    Have your makeup done by our FABULOUS makeup artist in residence, Raizy Pollack! She will do your makeup for any event you choose - it could be for head shots, a wedding, a photo shoot, or even just an exciting night out! Get your Makeup done by a pro! And if you donate $125 you can get both the makeup and a photo shoot!
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    You will receive a digital download of our very special recipe book 'Recipes from The Other Side.' The book feature recipes that celebrate the cultures in our film both from the traditional Jewish and the new age Brooklyn. It is accompanied by beautiful artwork and stills from the film.
    You will also receive a t-shirt or tote bag with the design of your choice!

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    You will receive a digital download of our very special recipe book 'Recipes from The Other Side.' The book feature recipes that celebrate the cultures in our film both from the traditional Jewish and the new age Brooklyn. It is accompanied by beautiful artwork and stills from the film.
    You will also receive a t-shirt or tote bag with the design of your choice and a digital download of the film with Kickstarter backer exclusive extras. Wow!

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    You are invited to an advanced screening of the film in New York City! Hang out with the filmmakers and be a part of this exciting event. We will answer your questions about the making of the film and have passed apps and drinks after the screening.

    * You must provide your own travel to and accommodations in New York City.

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    You are invited to an advanced screening of the film in Israel! Hang out with the filmmakers and be a part of this exciting event. We will answer your questions about the making of the film and have passed apps and drinks after the screening.

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    You get a beautiful art print designed by a fabulous local Brooklyn artist! Check out the print on the side, you will love it. You will also receive a digital download of the film with exclusive Kickstarter backed extras.

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    MAKEUP AND PHOTO SHOOT!
    Our brilliant director, Dani Tenenbaum will take the pictures and our amazing makeup artist Raizy will do your makeup. A perfect deal for head shots, engagement pictures, promotional pictures, and family shots! Look your best and have the pictures to prove it!
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    Receive a hard cover copy of 'Recipes From The Other Side' cookbook with exclusive artwork and photography! Prepare these mouth watering recipes at home and immerse yourself in the culture of our film.
    You will also receive access to our production diary, and a digital download of the film with Kickstarter backer exclusive extras!

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    You are personally invited to our Shabbat meal! We will welcome you to our Friday dinner and cook you a full meal of traditional recipes that are sure to get your mouth watering. After the meal we will watch a screening of the film together and you can ask us any questions about the making of the project. You will also receive a digital download of our film's cookbook, Recipes From The Other Side!

    *You must provide your own accommodation and travel to New York City.

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    Have your name appear in the official credits roll and come be an extra on set! Options include being a member of the Rabbi's council, a fabulous Hipster, a cool court officer, an ex-Hasidic trying to figure out a new life, or a member of the Yeshiva. Lights, Camera, Action!
    You will also receive a t-shirt or tote with a design of your choice and a digital download of the film as well as access to our production diary and a digital download of the Recipes From The Other Side cookbook!

    *You must provide your own travel to and accommodation in NYC.

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    Hello Associate Producer! Your name will appear in the official credits as Associate Producer! You, our Associate Producer, are also invited to our Shabbat meal where we will serve you a delicious, mouthwatering meal of traditional recipes, after which we will watch a screening of the film together. In addition you will receive a hard cover copy of 'Recipes From The Other Side' cookbook with exclusive artwork and photography. You will also get a t-shirt or tote with the design of your choice!

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    Take a guided tour of Brooklyn with the filmmakers! We will show you the inspiration for our film in both the Jewish and Hipster parts of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We will give you the history of the city and give you an intimate feel for our film. Local drinks and tasty treats are included! You will also receive an Associate Producer credit and a digital download of the film!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!! You will receive an official Executive Producer credit on the film. Your name will appear at the beginning of the film as well as on posters, covers, credit rolls, and other cool spots. You are also invited to the film's premier and we will provide your transportation and accommodation to NYC (only within the United States).

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