Greetings and blessings. Thank you for finding out more about our visionary venture. At a time when pop culture too often glamorizes disturbing themes and images antithetical to family and spiritual values, Robin Garbose’s work presents a refreshing alternative. She is a pioneer of an emerging artistic voice that is vital and new through the creation of distinctly Jewish films by women for women, educating and building a bridge of understanding, through art, between people from diverse backgrounds.
Her first feature movie musical, the groundbreaking A Light for Greytowers, has played to over 50,000 women and girls from Boro Park to Atlanta to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and received international press acclaim. Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks (who is not Jewish) called the film “entertaining and uplifting…giving mothers a reprieve from having to explain teen pop stars’ drunk-driving arrests and pregnancies.” What is truly exceptional is the fact that A Light for Greytowers has been embraced across not only all branches of Orthodoxy, but among secular and interfaith audiences as well.
Her new film, The Heart That Sings, completed principle photography in August, having spent 125K with an additional 115K of in-kind support from a major Hollywood studio. It not only promises to be a better film than A Light for Greytowers, but has the potential to engage an even broader audience. Set in 1950, it tells the poignant story of a broken-hearted orphan from the Holocaust trying to begin life again. With an international audience eagerly anticipating the film’s March premiere and Passover release, Garbose locked picture and is now in search of completion funds for sound post production, color correction and initial marketing costs.
It is noteworthy that the young actresses who appear in both films, alongside the professional adults, are students or alumnae of Kol Neshama Performing Arts Conservatory. Founded in 2000 by Garbose, Kol Neshama is a Los Angeles based non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to providing professional artistic training and performance opportunities for religious Jewish girls. Garbose is passionate about giving these budding artists the tools and craft necessary to compete in the secular marketplace without having to compromise their religious beliefs. She clearly has an innovative vision as well as the staying power and community appreciation required to actualize it.
The Heart That Sings will be premiering, G-d willing, March 27, 28 @ the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and March 30 @ the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn.
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