About this project
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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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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