2011, 70 minutes
Who speaks for a divided community at the crossroads? “Between Two Worlds” is a groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers’ own families are battlegrounds over loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the U.S. and Israel, this first person documentary begins with a near riot at a Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco, reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus, and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself. “Between Two Worlds” has the exhilarating energy and fierce commitment of Jewish conversation itself.
Cine Golden Eagle Award
World Premiere: Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2011
U.S. Premiere: IFC Theater, New York, 2011
In Competition: Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2011
Broadcast – Free Speech TV, 2012
On the web at Docuseek: http://www.docuseek2.com/bf-btwo
“One of the best films I’ve ever seen about the contradictions of American Jewish life.”
—Critic’s Choice, Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
To preview or purchase the film: www.bullfrogfilms.com
Institutional, community group, and home video rates available
2007, 15 minutes FREE ON LINE!
Poet Shirley Kaufman gives a tour-de-force reading of her new work in the short film “Ezekiel’s Wheels”. The poem, a contemplation of loss, longing, and the nature of true seeing, was inspired by her experience of losing her sight. Emerging from eye surgery, Kaufman had visions like those of the exiled Biblical prophet Ezekiel. Apocalyptic fires in the sky, wheels within wheels, and a valley of bones are encountered on a journey that leads from destruction towards revelation. Kaufman, an American who has resided in Jerusalem since 1973, is the author of eight books of poetry, and is an award-winning translator.
World Premiere: Jerusalem Film Festival, 2007
U.S. Premiere: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2007
Port Townsend Film Festival
Webcast – Culture Unplugged, 2012
Complete film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/111901681
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2004, 62 minutes
Global corporations are rapidly buying up local water supplies. Communities suddenly lose control of their most precious resource. “Thirst”, a character-driven documentary with no narration, reveals how water is the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. A piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit. Shot in Bolivia, India, Japan and the USA. Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles.
Cine Golden Eagle Award
The Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
First Place, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
World Premiere: Full Frame Film Festival, Durham
Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York
World Social Forum, Porto Allegre
“A provocative look at the current and upcoming water wars. After seeing ‘Thirst’, it will be hard to ever take water for granted.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“See this film and be inspired to act.” Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
PBS “P.O.V.”, 2004
On the web at Docuseek: http://www.docuseek2.com/bf-thirst
To preview or purchase the film – www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/thirst.html
Institutional, community group, and home video rates available. With companion study guide.
A Book By Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman, with Michael Fox. Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley & Sons, 2007, Cloth, 275 pages
Beginning where the documentary film leaves off, Thirst investigates eight recent high-profile controversies over the corporate takeover of water in the United States and illuminates how and why ordinary people are fighting back both here and abroad. Engrossing and alarming, these character-based stories focus on citizen battles to maintain public control of local water systems and on struggles to challenge the bottled water industry.
2008 Nautilus Book Awards Gold Winner – Conscious Media/Journalism
“A riveting and engaging account.”
Carl Pope, Sierra Club
“Passionate…every American should read it.” Maude Barlow, United Nations Senior Advisor on Water
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2001, 60 minutes
A one hour documentary film revealing the hidden downsides of the Internet revolution. “Secrets” is also a funny and moving meditation on America’s love affair with technology. Told without narration, the film chronicles a tumultuous year in the lives of two young activists, Magda Escobar and Raj Jayadev, grappling with temporary work, the digital divide, toxic waste, and the growing gap between the haves and the have nots in the New Economy.
“Secrets of Silicon Valley’ is a hit.”
– The New York Times
“A great documentary. This could be the new Harvest of Shame.” Alex Bennett, C-Net Radio
“Secrets of Silicon Valley will make you think, reflect, discuss, argue. You won’t be seeing this on the network news.” Jan Wahl, KCBS Radio
“A pungent if sympathetic look at the undersung, underpaid hordes of blue-collar workers who do technology’s dirty work.” Variety
New York Times feature story:
PBS “Independent Lens”, 2001
On the web at Fandor
To preview or purchase the film – www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/ssv
Institutional, community group, and home video rates available.
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1997, 85 minutes, Co-Produced with Bari Scott
An 85 minute feature length documentary film – made collaboratively by Jewish and Black filmmakers – examining key contemporary conflicts between the Black and Jewish communities. An invaluable tool for increasing mutual understanding and building coalitions for social justice, not just between Blacks and Jews, but among all groups.
“Provocative and absorbing…’Blacks and Jews’ will undermine stereotypes, inspire discussion and help repair a wrongly damaged relationship.” Roger Ebert
“This 85 minute film will ignite you!” Mandy Patinkin
New York Times feature story: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/20/arts/two-tales-of-once-great-expectations.html
Sundance Film Festival, 1997
PBS “P.O.V”, 1997
On the web at Fandor: https://fandor.com/films/blacks_and_jews
To preview or purchase the film – www.newsreel.org/films/blacks.htm
Institutional, community group, and home video rates available. With companion study guide:
1994, Four 1 hour shows
Co-Produced with Bari Scott and KPFA/Pacifica Radio
A four hour radio series looking at ethnic identity, stereotypes, racism and anti-Semitism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the potential future cooperation and conflict between the two ethnic groups. A cultural journey through music, storytelling, poetry and interviews throughout the U.S. With Cornel West, Michael Lerner, Henry Louis Gates, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Anna Deavere Smith, Steven Spielberg, and Patricia Williams.
Available from Pacifica Program Service – 800-735-0230