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Help Tomer Heymann complete a documentary about Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company!

About this project

Thanks to your support and participation this campaign was a success! We are so appreciative, thankful and moved by the hundreds of people all over the world that trusted and supported us with the mission of creating this documentary about the inspirational art of Ohad Naharin. 

If you still want to join us and be a part of this film that will inspire dance lovers and audiences around the world and get a valuable souvenir, please visit the support and donation page  on our website 

Because of you Tomer Heymann and the Heymann Brothers Films will be able to complete this 7-year journey and release “Mr.Gaga” in 2014 in conjunction with the Batsheva Dance Company 50th anniversary!

We are far from done and continue working very hard to make the "Mr Gaga" the best documentary possible. See below how we will be using the additional funds raised. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL OUR AMAZING BACKERS! We never expected to reach our goal a few days before the deadline. We want to share with you the things we will do before the release of the film in mid-2014 with the funds that we manage to raise above our goal:

Thanks to this Kickstarter campaign we already were able to do some additional shooting of "Decadance" and the latest creation of Ohad Naharin "The Hole". If we raise additional funds we will be able to shoot the new 2014 season of the Batsheva Dance Company. It can be fantastic for this film: this season the works "Mamoutot" and "Virus" that were not staged for over 10 years and are landmark Naharin’s creations.

Thanks to the amazing support of all of you we were able to research more deeply and we found 5 dancers from the original cast of the Ohad Naharin Dance Company in New York who are now in their 60’s! If we raise additional funds we will be able to fly our crew from Israel over to the U.S. to film them and to discover another amazing chapter in Ohad Naharin's career.

You have already seen all the amazing archive footage that we need to acquire for this film. If we raise additional funds we will be able to make HD Blow-UP for some of it, transferring the unforgettable moments that made dance history for all the future generations.

Music rights are probably one of the most expensive part of documentary production! We have more than 15 music pieces that were used in Ohad Naharin's creations that can be features in the film, from such legendary composers as Arvo Part. We are making an original score for “Mr.Gaga”, but with additional funds we will be able to acquire the original music. This music is integral to Naharin’s art and would enrich the film immensely.

Remembering Mari Kajiwara 1951-2001

Dear Friends,

At the end of our journey together, I thought a lot about Mari Kajiwara and missed her. I had the privilege to know her and see her work, and I was very moved to find this rare archive material. I would like to share it with you:

As time passes, Mari’s deep significance in Ohad’s life becomes clearer to me. Ohad arrived in New York penniless, with hardly any English, and started building a life. One evening he attended an ‘Alvin Ailey’ performance, and saw “the most beautiful woman in the world”, but he knew that he did not have a chance with her. She remained an unrealized fantasy, someone to dream about but not to touch. 

Some time later, on a visit to Israel, another beautiful woman stands beside him in the elevator, and they strike up a conversation. They arrange to go to a party together, and three months later, they get married. Sitting with her in a coffee shop, he tells her about the dancer he saw in New York. When he describes the performance and the dancer’s part, she smiles shyly, and whispers quietly – that was me. That is how Ohad Naharin and Mari Kajiwara’s love story began… and lasted 23 years. 

Mari died of cancer on Christmas 2001, and left a huge void. The film describes her meaningful role in Ohad’s life, in the life of Batsheva Dance Company, and will be dedicated to her. 

Tomer HeymannDirector

            

Seven years ago I proposed to Ohad Naharin that we set off on a journey. For years he'd refused to allow a camera into his studio, when finally I earned his trust. Since then, I have traveled with him to seven countries, and filmed more than 650 hours of footage. Hours of intimate moments in the studio and of Ohad’s personal life, together with rare archive materials.

I want to dispel the mystery around the man named Ohad Naharin, to peel back the layers, and truly understand the connection between his complex personal biography and the art that touches so many hearts all over the world.

This is a very complex and costly production. Which is why we decided to turn to you and invite you to take part and help complete the film. To enable me to go as far as possible with the film I’ve dreamed of making all these years. Now is the time to complete it, in time for the 50 year anniversary of the Batsheva Dance Company in 2014.

Tomer Heymann
'Mr. Gaga' film director ('I Shot My Love', 'Paper Dolls', 'The Queen Has No Crown', 'It Kinda Scares Me' and 'Bridge Over The Wadi')

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Whoever contributes to this project can choose a personal unique souvenir that will be sent to you, along with your choice of the Heymann Brothers documentaries. We do not take your contribution for granted, and we thank each of you personally.

We will be happy to share a limited release DVD with our Kickstarter supporters for any pledge above $40. The DVD will include exclusive materials such as behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, interviews with Ohad Naharin, Tomer Heymann and Barak Heymann, footage of rehearsals, as well as Gaga movement language classes moderated by Ohad Naharin himself.

For the list and trailers of the Heymann Brothers' films available as rewards for this campaign please click here. 

Our other amazing limited incentives for the most generous contributors include: 

  • A gift certificate for 4 Gaga movement language classes at a location near you (worldwide)
  • Invitation to the Israeli, European, or world premiere of the film 
  • Invitation to the Batsheva Dance Company’s 50th anniversary Gala in Israel in June 2014 or in New York in November 2014 
  • Invitation to the events of the “Friends of Batsheva” supporters club
  • Private screening for colleagues, family, or friends including Q&A with the filmmakers 
  • Personal “With support of” credit at the opening of the film + logo of supporting organization at the end of the film, DVD, and all of the publicity of the film 
  • Associate Producer title  

My brother and I have carried this project on our shoulders for the past seven years, with the assistance of Channel 8 and the New Fund for Cinema and TV, The Dutch Broadcasting Association AVRO, and the Jewish Theater of Stockholm. In order to complete this epic feature film about the life and work of Ohad Naharin, we request your help in completing the film.

If we raise the target sum, we can purchase rare archive materials of significant periods in Naharin’s life (his childhood at Kibbutz Mizra, his military service in the Northern Command entertainment troupe, his time in New York dancing with Martha Graham and Maurice Béjart, and his own first dance company).
We can also shoot more of Ohad’s works, essential to covering the full history of Ohad's output/choreography repertoire – “Virus”, “Mamutot”, “The Hole”, and “Kamuyot”. Additionally, we have to purchase the rights for the original music that Naharin worked with over the years, to blend it in the film’s soundtrack.
Each of you who contributes to this project can choose a personal souvenir to be sent to your home.
It’s important for me to stress that this film is independent, and I insisted on not accepting funding from Ohad Naharin or Batsheva Dance Company, so as to keep Ohad solely as my protagonist.

Tomer Heymann, the Director of "Mr. Gaga".

BECOME A PART OF OUR FILM AND IN EXCHANGE GET A DVD, VALUABLE SOUVENIR, OR PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL EVENTS - 

Choose which of our exciting incentives, souvenirs, and events you like the most, and contribute to become a part of the documentary! Once the campaign is over, we will collect your information to arrange your receipt of the reward. 

IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL, WE GET NOTHING - Kickstarter campaign is an all-or-nothing deal. If we don’t meet our goal, we get none of the contributions and backers don't get charged and get none of the rewards. So please, if you like our film and want to help us finish the documentary about Ohad Naharin, in addition to contributing - SPREAD THE WORD! 

During the campaign, we will be posting exclusive materials from the documentary on our Facebook page and Twitter, so please LIKE US, FOLLOW US, REPOST and SHARE OUR CAMPAIGN TRAILER

If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution in the U.S. or Israel we can make it possible through our non-profit 501(c)(3) partners. All the same rewards will apply! Please contact us directly at mrgagathefilm@gmail.com to make it happen. If you wish to make a large contribution by check, we can receive checks as well.

 

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to finish the film for a premiere in the spring of 2014. We have collected an incredible amount of footage, never-before-seen material, and much, much more. Our editing team together with Tomer and Barak Heymann will be working around the clock to combine all this into a one-of-a-kind documentary on Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company.

All of the incentives, apart from the DVD and special events, will be sent immediately after we finish the campaign and collect all the contact information of the backers. These will include artwork of the Batsheva Dance Company and Ohad Naharin, other films by the Heymann Brothers, a book by Gadi Dagon, a rare vintage one-of-a-kind original Ohad Naharin poster from 1984, certificate for Gaga classes in a city near you, postcards, etc.

However, the expected delivery of the DVD and digital download will depend on the terms of the distribution and festival screenings in each territory. Right now we estimate the delivery of the DVD by the end of 2014.

Special events such as private screenings with the filmmakers and events involving Ohad Naharin will have to be arranged separately based on availability and travelling schedule. They do not include travelling expenses. Gaga movement language classes will have to be scheduled with a Gaga teacher / Dance center hosting Gaga classes in a city near you! In Japan the Gaga movement language classes are limited to 2 introductory classes in selected studios in Tokyo and Osaka areas.

3 one-hour sessions in person or on skype with Barak or Tomer Heynmann and/or the One-day workshop might include consultations in any stage of the development of your documentary or other audio-visual project: character development and research, fundraising and pitching, shooting and editing, archive and post-production, festivals strategy, sales and distribution strategy.

We feel an enormous responsibility to create the best, deepest, most interesting and exciting film possible, and we are confident that with your kind support – it is possible and it will happen!

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us to make this dream a reality – to share with as many people around the world the extraordinary art of Ohad Naharin – Mr. Gaga.

We would also like to thank all the wonderful people who've been working so hard together with the Heymann Brothers Films in order to make this campaign happen:

Mr.Gaga Team:

Vadim Dumesh – Campaign Manager
Elina Margolin, Jonathan Kelman – Campaign Coordinators
Hilla Medalia, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert, Amanda Garque (kNow Productions) - U.S. Co-producers

Itai Raziel - Mr Gaga's Cinematographer
Alon Greenberg, Barry Talis and Ido Mochrik - Mr Gaga's Editors
Karin Etedgi, Jonathan Amir – Mr. Gaga’s Post Production Managers
Addie Reiss – Mr. Gaga Trailer Cinematographer
Itzik Cohen - Mr Gaga Trailer’s Sound Mix

Tali Shamir-Werzberger, Daniela Reiss-Razon, Lily Yudinsky – Mr. Gaga’s Researchers
Ranit Eliraz - Office Manager at Heymann Brotehrs Films
Patricia Franquesa - Festivals Coordinator at Heymann Brothers Films

Pia Forsgren - Mr Gaga's Artistic Consultant - and Carina Sjögren, Elisabeth Secher Svenstedt, Lina Österman, Robert Weil from the Jewish Theater in Stockholm

Gadi Dagon – Batsheva Dance Company House Photographer
Wei-Wei Lee, Shamel Pitts, and Guy Shomroni - Batsheva Dancers

Very Special Thanks To:
Ohad Naharin, Dalit Itai, Guy Bernard Reichmann, Dina Aldor, Iris Bovshover, Reut Assulin, Yaniv Nagar, and all the great staff and dancers of the Batsheva Dance Company!

Yossi Naharin, Deborah Friedes Galili, Doron Raz, Sa’ar Harari, Emma Rozgoni, and the fantastic Gaga movement language people!
Gaga Japan: Iina Naoto, Kana Ote, and Ayako Kurakake.

Natalie Portman, Itai Mandel

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    Autographed Batsheva Dance Company poster + A4 Ohad Naharin portrait + poster of "Mr. Gaga" film (signed by Ohad Naharin) + A set of 5 DVDs of the Heymann Brothers’ films + all of the above
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    Unique PRIVATE ACCESS to the rehearsal studio of Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company + YOUR LOGO/NAME ON THE POSTER, DVD, and ALL OTHER PR MATERIALS OF “Mr. Gaga” + all of the above

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    PRIVATE GAGA CLASS with OHAD NAHARIN + Giant high quality artwork print of Gadi Dagon’s work (180x120cm) + CO-PRODUCER credit + all of the above

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