This summer, the Jewish Film Institute sponsored two Bay Area student filmmakers, Michelle Blue and Rachel Boyoung Kim, to attend the Jerusalem Film Workshop, a six-week documentary film intensive in which filmmakers produce, shoot and edit documentaries about the city of Jerusalem. The workshop is affiliated with the Jerusalem Film Festival and the films were screened at the program’s completion at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
“We were thrilled to provide emerging filmmakers from the Bay Area with the opportunity to experience Israel through the lens of documentary filmmaking,” said JFI Executive Director Lexi Leban. “Educating and empowering the next generation of socially-conscious, inquisitive and talented media makers is at the core of JFI’s mission to create dialogue around Jewish identity and build bridges to diverse cultural communities through the power of film.”
The workshop includes master classes with Israeli filmmakers, seminars on filmmaking skills including cinematography, editing, production, sound recording and screenwriting, location tours in and around Jerusalem, and industry-focused meet and greets with pillars of the Israeli film and arts communities.
“We’re still recovering from jet lag and nostalgia for Israel. I am now pursuing a feature project with another Israeli participant in the program. These past six weeks were wonderful and have brought us incredible friends and work experiences, and we can’t thank you enough for giving us this opportunity!” — Michelle Blue, 2017 JFW Participant