King Khat

Pre-Production
Full script, Storyboard, some animated scenes, estimated time 80 min,

Hebrew and English versions
Writer/Director Uri Maranz


Broadcasters and Funds

Israel Yes Docu 

The new Israeli fund for Cinema and TV

Jerusalem Film and Television Fund

Concept

The Cathinone King is a full-length animated documentary. Several considerations lead to the decision to employ animation.  The trigger was the necessity to keep the anonymity of the many of the characters being featured. Though more profound reasons helped justify our decision. 

Firstly, the film deals with psycho-active drugs.  Animation is an excellent way to create the metaphors that show how these substances distort human perception.

The main reason is due to the decision to relate the story through the voice of Gaby, the protagonist. We wanted to be able to capture the actual way he expresses himself verbally both in effect and nuance Gaby speaks in a stream of consciousness jumping from topic to topic, from a personal anecdote to explaining a scientific theory.

This animated form enables us to illustrate his thoughts and to maintain the film’s structure.  The fact that the voice of Gaby is subjective is also crucial to this decision.  The animation technique enables us to question Gaby’s veracity and point out the places and areas where I believe he might be doubted.

The specific animation technique we chose to employ consists of characters based on still photographs. It enabled us to caste the whole film with real actors however giving the film a surrealistic strange twist. 

 

Comic drama in cut-out animation. The story of the Israeli scientist who became an international drug baron.

based on a true story.

Gabi, a young Israeli scientist became fascinated by the psycho-active influences of the Khat plant. After a thorough study of the Israeli law of illegal substances he was surprised to find that Cathinone - the active substance in Khat- was not listed as an illegal drug. Following this revelation, he decided to try and synthesis the molecule by himself. What began years ago, as a non-harmful local home experiment developed into a full-blown international operation that changed global approach toward drugs in a profound way. His synthetic Cathinone became known as Hagigat, the famous legal drug that conquered the streets of Tel-Aviv. Later, applying the same principals he created more than 30 new psycho-active molecules, and distributed them all around the globe. 

 

Ezra Furman: A One Man Subversion

Pre-Production

2 weeks shooting,

estimated time 70 min, 

English

Writer/Director Michal Ron

 

Broadcasters and Funds
looking for funds

 

Concept

The film will follow Ezra on his tour, following the release of his latest album Transgalactic Exodus (tickets for most of the concerts were sold out the minute they went on sale). It will also show Furman in his parent's house in Chicago and in his new home in California, as well as on tour in Israel (hopefully by the end of the year). Finally, the film will follow Furman amidst a complicated struggle to find his true self: is he an orthodox Jew, or a member of the Queer religious organization? Is he the wild, mesmerizing, beautiful rock star the fans shout and cry out for? Can he be all that and yet remain true to his original self? Is the answer already there in his music?

Even with his latest album included in the "Most Anticipated in 2018" list of BBC radio 6, Ezra Furman is still an outsider. He is often compared to giants such as Hank Williams or Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain or Lou Reed, but unlike his forebears, Ezra Furman is quite comfortable on the fringe. While every new album brings with it the admiration of mainstream music lovers, Furman never let go of his own unique voice.

Furman - a super-intelligent synagogue goer, who is most at ease in his Queer Talmudic temple – prefers to perform wearing dresses and makeup, and is determined remain a poet/Rockstar. Will his latest album Transgalactic Exodus transform his life?

 

Love till 120

Pre-Production

One week Shooting,

estimated time 70 min, 

English, Hebrew and French

Writer/Director - Sharon Ryba-Kahn 

 

Brodcasters and Funds

Looking for funds 

Director's statement: 

The meaning of love in one's life is probably one of the most essential questions, we ask ourselves as human beings. It impacts so many of our life decisions and moments of happiness, sadness, pain and anger. The interesting aspect about asking the question, what is your greatest love story is that one understands that it may or may not be the partner one is living with. It may be one's child, or one's parents, but they all have one common denominator, love shapes who we are and who we become.

 

Combining love and age in one film is like asking myself the question, what is really important in life, what will we remember at the end? If there is a chance to learn and honor these women, then this film is such an attempt. 

A film about love, life and aging - at the end what remains with us? 

This documentary tells the great love stories and definitions of love of three women who live in a residence for elderly in Tel Aviv, Thea (94), Dola (88) and Mado (84). While the film begins with their memories of their great love stories, as we meet them through their pictures as young woman, it slowly evolves into giving them room for them to define what love means. 

 

The Fathers Trip

Pre-Production

3 weeks shooting,

estimated time 75 min, 

Hebrew, Arabic, English

Writer/Director Golan Rise

 

Broadcasters and Funds
looking for funds

Director’s Statement

"I did not belong here, it was my wife’s decision, I do not have a white polo shirt, I did not stand in the short line for the Check In and did not mark my bag with a special blue ribbon." I mutter quietly. The lack of belonging will gradually change into intimate acquaintance. As the days wore on I would understand that I did belong, that I was part of the story. The camera becomes my private intermediary. Ironically this is the only way I could bear the journey that was forced upon me.

In the last two years we have been dealing with the cancer that afflicts my 4 year old son. Since the discovery, I have been trying mainly to cope with the feeling that I can not fulfill my role as a father, as a partner, as a "man" in the family. I'm scared, I'm avoiding responsibility and I rarely visit the hospital. My wife bears most of the burden. In the place where I should have been a cool, calm, reassuring man who fills my son's days with joy - I am speechless.

  From this perspective I need to talk about love. about masculinity. About the difficulty of dealing with definitions and expectations. Now I'm going to spend time with other fathers, some older than me, some younger, with the same coping. Do they feel like me? Are they fighting better than I am? Are they as anxious as I am or rather confident? Do they feel they are good fathers?

Each has a different answer, each one of them has something I would take for myself.

A Journey in the Footsteps of Fatherhood. What defines it and what happens if you fail to meet expectations?

The movie deals with a subject that is very rarely discussed. fatherhood. Even when he becomes a father, the Israeli man continues to carry on his shoulders all the expectations and demands - what is his job, what he is forbidden to do and especially what defines him as a man.

A fathers' trip brings together fathers to children with cancer. The trip also enables them to be together with other fathers and also in a place far from the eye of Israeliness. Everyone comes to talk, to share, but also to compare, who have a bigger (lump of cancer), who is more courageous (filming it).

In the end, we discover fathers that find themselves hiding a great loneliness. Fathers who want to stop trying to meet expectations and, above all, to become human beings first.

 

Death Angel

Pre-Production

4 weeks Shooting, 

estimated time 75 min, 

Hebrew, English Subtitles 

Writer/Director - Ifat Makbi 

 

Brodcasters and Funds

The New Fund For T.V. and Cinema 

Director's statement: 

About a year ago my father got cancer. Over the years, I have heard from relatives and distant stories about Dr. Berkowitz, the manager of the hospice, who knows how much time is left for a terminally ill patient, and she is never miss.

At the end of three weeks of that conversation, my father died. After his death, I decided to go to the hospice and meet with Dr. Berkowitz. We met several times, the conversations were long, during which I discovered a brave and extraordinary woman - a woman who had lived in the hospice for 20 years. "Sometimes when I see a television show with my husband, I can see the interviewee and know that he is ill and know how much time he has left. I used to tell my husband, but he said I talk nonsense, so I stopped."

From the point of view of the hospice manager and the staff - death is without signs of tragedy, it is not traumatic. It does not interfere with reality - it is reality. Just as Berkowitz attains the experience of death for a person who comes to the hospice and teaches her patients not to be afraid of the moment of death, so will it touch our experience of death and make us accept it without fear, even for a moment.

Dr. Micky Berkowitz, the mythological director of the hospice at Tel Hashomer, has been teaching terminally ill patients for 20 years to let go fo life and receive their death. In a direct look at the moments of waiting for death and through Berkowitz's colorful and captivating image, the film brings us into the inner world of the hospice and the intermediate time in which it exists - the time between life and death.

 

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