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A short film by students at the University of Michigan about two very different worlds and the poor guy stuck between them.
A short film by students at the University of Michigan about two very different worlds and the poor guy stuck between them.
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A short film collaboration by 30 students from the University of Michigan in the Screen Arts and Cultures Department Screenwriting Practicum. Students from the School of Art & Design, School of Music, and the School of Literature, Science, & the Arts will work together to produce a 20-30min short film, which will premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival in August of 2012.

In the world of Hasidic Judaism, a man is expected to be married with children by the time he reaches his early twenties. As he reaches this age, Duvid Stern begins to feel immense pressure from all sides to settle down and find a wife. Sensing that perhaps this is not how Duvid wants to spend the rest of his life, his best friend Yoli introduces him to the underground world of Electronic Dance Music. It is here that he meets Lindsay Miller, a fun-loving rave girl who is just as intrigued by his strange customs and manner of dress as he is by her Technicolor hair and party-hard attitude. However, as Duvid falls for Lindsay and the techno rave lifestyle, he begins to sense that there is more to Toba, the quiet girl from back home who everyone expects him to marry, than the typical Hasidic housewife he first judged her as.

Starring Joe Carroll as Duvid, Harry Katzman as Yoli, Jane Bruce as Lindsay and Shannon Eagen as Toba.  

Directed by Chelsea Rebecca

Screenplay by Nathaniel Hart

Produced by Jackie Turner, Nick Inchaustegui, Mark Novack, Amy Fleischman, and Arshabh Sarda

Cinematography by Alan Torres

Production Design by Katt Qian and Emily Wilhelm

Sound Design by Nick Nagurka and Meg McClusky

Assistant Director: Caitlin Northcutt

Lighting Designer: Holly Hein

Camera Operator: Joe Reed

1st Assistant Camera: Matt Infante

2nd Assistant Camera: Sara McNew

Art Directors: Ashley Ahr, Marianne Kim, Katie Klimkowski, Jean Lee, Kyoungmin Lee, Ran Li, and Jeejee Seo

Script Supervisor: Sean Winks

Supervising Editor: Noor Haydar

Picture Editor: Derek Fawaz

We can't tell this amazing story without your help!  Watch the video, check out our Facebook page and donate!

Keep up with us during production at www.duvidfilm.wordpress.com or follow us on Twitter @duvidfilm . 

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  • Although we're able to get some of our equipment, like our fabulous Sony F3 camera, from the University of Michigan's Screen Arts and Cultures department, we also need to pay to use certain locations, feed our cast and crew, and rent authentic Hasidic dress. Every dollar goes towards helping our film be the best it can be, and, if we are able to raise more than our $8,000 goal, we can do even more, including a day trip via car to New York to shoot some of our exterior scenes for the film and rent more lighting equipment for the electronic music festival scene.

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  • To be clear, no one on our crew is a Hasidic Jew, but everyone is eager to learn. The writer did an extensive amount of research during the writing of the script. Our art department and directing teams are consulting with Jewish community leaders and rabbis in an effort to be as accurate and true as possible. On the flip side, we are also working extensively with members of the electronic music community so as to be as true as possible in that area as well. This is a film about two worlds and our goal is to be as representative as possible of both of those worlds.

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