JFI Presents Online Shorts: THE FUNERAL

October 27, 2014

Q&A with writer Jez Freedman

What inspired you to make this film?

Just before the deadline for the Pears Film Fund I heard a true story from Rabbi Dovid Kaplan on Torah Anytime that was just too good to resist. I wasn’t going to enter the scheme, as I had nothing to write about at the time. But now I did.

What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?

It’s always money and time. There’s never enough of either. But we had a tremendous cast and crew that made it work.

Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?

Hopefully the film speaks for itself, and moves people and makes people laugh in equal measure. But the message of the film — and perhaps it’s not fashionable but who cares — is that there is a Creator and He is the boss who runs the show.

What film/media has inspired you lately?

My wife and I watch Ushpizin every Chol Hamoed Succos. That and the more recent Fill the Void prove that you can be an Orthodox Jew and still make films that reflect those values.

What do you do when you’re not filmmaking?

Try to be a good husband, father and Eved Hashem. Mostly failing at all three. But hopefully it’s the trying that counts.

Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious, or disgusting?

Depends if it’s Shabbos or not.

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