January 28

SUNDANCE 2022 – Jewish Film Institute Presents Filmmaker Conversations and Funding Opportunities at 2022 Sundance Film Festival

Jewish Film Institute Presents Filmmaker Conversations and Funding Opportunities at 2022 Sundance Film Festival

Applications Open for Third Round of JFI Completion Grants

​​JFI and Jewish Story Partners Present Inaugural JFI/JSP Momentum Award to Pratibha Parmar (Queen Sugar) for My Name is Andrea

Ondi Timoner (Last Flight Home, Sundance ‘22) and Ran Tal (1341 Frames of Love and War, Berlinale ‘22) in Conversation
 San Francisco, CA, January 21, 2022 — The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is pleased to present a series of free, virtual conversations and events that expand and evolve the Jewish story for audiences everywhere during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where JFI returns for its third year as an official nonprofit partner. All JFI at Sundance events on the Festival’s Community Hub are free to watch worldwide. Following the events’ scheduled premieres, both events will remain available for playback throughout the Festival. 

To watch, visit https://festival.sundance.org/village/#community-hub

Premiering Friday, January 21 at 12pm PT, JFI welcomes Ondi Timoner and Rabbi Rachel Timoner, director and subject of Last Flight Home (SFF22) to a conversation with Sundance Associate Programmer Ash Hoyle. The latest documentary from the two-time Sundance Award winner is an intensely intimate film about her family’s harrowing journey to find closure when her father decides to medically terminate his life.

On Tuesday, January 25 at 12pm MT, JFI presents Moving Films Forward: New Funding for Bold Jewish Stories. The event highlights JFI’s Filmmaker Services initiatives, which fuel emerging and established filmmakers creating diverse stories about the full spectrum of Jewish experiences. The program marks the opening of the call for entries for the third round of JFI Completion Grants (through March 31, 2022) and includes a conversation with Ran Tal and Sarig Peker, the director and producer of 1341 Frames of Love and War, a 2021 Completion Grantee and winner of the program’s Albert and Judith Goldberg Award. Additionally, JFI and Jewish Story Partners (JSP), a new non-profit providing grants and support to the highest caliber independent film projects exploring Jewish themes, present the inaugural JFI/JSP Momentum Award to Pratibha Parmar and Shaheen Haq for their feature documentary My Name is Andrea about feminist scholar Andrea Dworkin.

Additional information is provided below.

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About the JFI Completion Grants Program
Event Webpage: https://bit.ly/JFI-Filmmaker-Services-Sundance2022

JFI Completion Grants provide funding to emerging and established filmmakers for bold stories that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. Launched in 2020, Completion Grants have awarded nearly $200,000 to date to twelve projects. Supported projects include: A Crime on the Bayou (Dir: Nancy Buirski); The Binding of Itzik (Dir. Anika Benkov); ‘Til Kingdom Come (Dir: Maya Zinshtein); 1341 Frames of Love and War (Dir: Ran Tal); The Liegnitz Plot (Dan Sturman); Sons of Detroit, A Reel War: Shalaal (Dir. Jeremy Xido); and Remember This (Dir: Jeff Hutchens, Derek Goldman), among others.

“We are thrilled to continue our substantial support for independent filmmakers with the next round of Completion Grants,” said Lexi Leban, Executive Director, Jewish Film Institute. “It has been inspiring to see our supported projects launch to critical and theatrical acclaim in 2020 and 2021. JFI remains committed to locating and incubating innovative Jewish stories for audiences worldwide. Our partnership with Sundance is an ideal space to invite the artist community to celebrate this complex and independent work.”

Applications for the 2022 funding round are open through March 31, 2022. Awardees will be announced in Summer 2022 at the 42nd annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. To learn more, visit www.jfi.org/grants

Accompanying the call for entries announcement at the Sundance Film Festival is a conversation with 2021 Completion Grantee and recipient of the Albert and Judith Goldberg Award Ran Tal, producer Sarig Peker, and JFI’s Director of Filmmaker Services Marcia Jarmel about Tal’s upcoming documentary 1341 Frames of Love and Wara profile of Israel’s most celebrated war photographer Micha Bar-AmAs Bar-Am takes the filmmakers through the extraordinary archive of his life’s work, questions and self-doubt surface, in a profound exploration of photography, memory, and the personal cost of a life devoted to documenting the Israeli project. The documentary will make its World Premiere at the 2022 Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival next month.

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About the JFI/JSP Momentum Award
Event Webpage: https://bit.ly/JFI-Filmmaker-Services-Sundance2022

Co-created by the Jewish Film Institute and Jewish Story Partners, the JFI/JSP Momentum Award is an annual $5,000 accelerator grant given to a jointly-selected documentary film for its piercing exploration of Jewish culture, life, and experience. The inaugural recipient is Pratibha Parmar (Khush, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, Queen Sugar)for her upcoming feature My Name is Andreaa hybrid film about one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures of the twentieth century: feminist writer and public intellectual Andrea Dworkin. Featuring rare archival footage and startling performances by Ashley Judd, Soko, Amandla Stenberg, Andrea Riseborough, and Christine Lahti, My Name is Andrea traces pivotal moments in the life of this fearless fighter who demanded that women be seen as fully human.

“Prathiba’s film epitomizes bold filmmaking, both formally and narratively,” said Marcia Jarmel, Director of Filmmaker Services, Jewish Film Institute. “My Name is Andrea is startling in its perceptiveness of a complex individual whose contributions to our cultural conversation are incalculable and in need of a fresh appraisal by a generous, inquisitive filmmaker like Pratibha,” Jarmel says “At a time when artists are facing unprecedented challenges in getting their projects to the finish line, the Jewish Film Institute is honored to work with Jewish Story Partners and excited to collaborate to raise up singular, provocative, and surprising stories that explore Jewish experiences in all its breadth.”

“Jewish Story Partners is privileged to support My Name Is Andrea along with a wide range of excellent Jewish films,” added Roberta Grossman, Producing Director, and Caroline Libresco, Artistic Director, Jewish Story Partners. “We are also delighted to collaborate with the Jewish Film Institute to launch the annual Momentum Award with an additional grant to My Name Is Andrea. This program allows our two organizations to cross-pollinate efforts to support the field of independent Jewish filmmaking by jointly providing a boost to one excellent film each year.”

The Jewish Film Institute champions bold films and filmmakers that expand and evolve the Jewish story for audiences everywhere. As the presenter of the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the world’s first and most revered event for independent Jewish storytelling, JFI celebrates the spirit of film, inquiry, independence, collaboration, community, and inclusion to turn conversation into action, reframe understanding of Jewish cultures and identities, and nurture networks of filmmakers and artists. The Institute’s filmmaker services include the competitive, year-long Filmmaker Residency and the JFI Completion Grants, which provide finishing funds to jury-selected projects. Free, online programming includes a popular series of Monthly Online Shorts, the JFI On Demand streaming service, and the JFI Film Archive, a curatorial history of SFJFF. www.jfi.org

Launched in April 2021, Jewish Story Partners stimulates and supports the highest caliber independent films that use fresh, nuanced perspectives to tell stories about a diverse spectrum of Jewish experiences, cultures, and encounters. Fueled by the belief that cinematic storytelling invites us to see and celebrate each other across perceived boundaries, Jewish Story Partners champions projects through semi-annual granting cycles, a continuum of artist support, and an offering of soon-to-be-announced special programs. www.jewishstorypartners.org

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About Last Flight Home (Ondi Timoner, United States, 2021)
Event Webpage: https://bit.ly/JFI-LastFlightHome-Sundance2022

Filmmaker Ondi Timoner and her sister, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, join Sundance Associate Programmer Ash Hoylein conversation about Timoner’s latest film, Last Flight Home, an official selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Two-time winner of the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize (Dig!We Live in Public) Ondi Timoner returns to the festival with an intensely intimate, verité film about her family’s harrowing journey to find closure. Last Flight Home takes us behind a white picket fence, on an unremarkable suburban street, where we discover Eli Timoner, who founded Air Florida, the fastest growing airline in the world in the 1970’s. During his final days, we discover his extraordinary life filled with incredible success and devastating setbacks, and most importantly, an innate goodness which won him the enduring love and support of his family. Through stunning verité footage recorded by his middle child, Last Flight Home takes audiences on a heart-wrenching ride through Timoner’s life, illustrating a modern-day success story built on the power of human connection.

We would like to thank Adam Segal, The 2050 Group for the press release.