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Foundation Connects to Cutting-Edge Israeli Documentaries

June 20, 2013
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Two weeks ago, Andrew Ingall traveled to Tel Aviv for an annual film forum that brings together American and European producers to meet Israeli documentary filmmakers. The experience turned him into a major booster for Israeli film.

“It’s just so impressive — the level of creativity, the quality of filmmaking coming out of this tiny country is just so high,” says Ingall, who is in charge of the Foundation’s Kroll Fund for Documentary Film. “Since we’re a foundation interested in Jewish arts around the world, it affirmed the idea we should be supporting filmmakers from all corners. Naturally, that includes Israel.”

Ingall attended the CoPro forum to learn about new Israeli films, to see colleagues from other film funds, and to meet those editors who commission documentaries at  major networks like the BBC, France Télévisions, NDR North German Radio & TV, and TV Brasil, among others.  In the past, Kroll film fund recipients including The Law In These Parts got their start at CoPro.

The Kroll Film fund is accepting applications for finishing funds through July 16. While the fund supports primarily American film projects, any non-American project can apply as long as one of the lead production team members or companies is American.

Some exciting documentary projects at this year’s CoPro included:

  • The Visual Crash, directed by Yael Hersonski (a former Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist). This film uses multi-visual documentation of the 2010 Gaza Flotilla battle including footage confiscated by the Israeli army.
  • An Apartment in Berlin, directed by Alice Agneskirchner, a cross-platform media project about young Israelis living in Berlin who embark on an experiment to refurnish the original apartment of a family deported by the Nazis.
  • The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, directed by Shaul Bester, a biography of the great Yiddish writer and Nobel laureate as told through nine of his female translators.
  • Censored Voices, directed by Daniel Sivan and produced by Hilla Medalia and Neta Zwebner-Zaibert (film fund grantees for Dancing in Jaffa), a myth-busting documentary about the Six Day War using newly discovered interviews with Israeli soldiers as well as a talk with the famously interview-shy Amos Oz.
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