Shorts Bundle 4

Films

3 TITLES

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Three award-winning student films from three different schools. These final thesis projects are by women and about women.


Marriage Material

Narrative Short, Comedy, USA, 2018. Directed by Oran Zegman.
After her boyfriend rejects her marriage proposal, 34-year-old Leah Schwartzmann Leah checks herself into the ‘Late Blooming Bride’ retreat; which re-packages women into “Marriage Material” at all costs in order to perfect them for their ideal partners. But, in the demanding pursuit of perfection, how much is Leah willing to sacrifice? A glittery, musical satire with a feminist twist. This film is part of our support for emerging filmmakers and is a American Film Institute Conservatory thesis project by student director Oran Zegman.

Holy Woman (Tzadeikis)

Comedy Short, USA, 2021. Directed by Emily Cheeger.
This is magical-realism, Yiddish-language dark comedy that considers the nature of the soul, When an Orthodox woman channels a deceased leader of her community and begins to sprout facial hair, she creates a conundrum for her husband and the rabbis. This highly original film challenges the boundaries of identity and religion and how the two fit together with startling humor. Beautifully shot and captivating to watch from start to finish, the film is driven by a commitment to represent the Hasidic community with affection and dignity, as well as fastidious attention to Orthodox detail and accuracy. This film is part of our support for emerging filmmakers and is a New York University thesis project by student director Emily Cheeger.

Winter of '79

Narrative Short, USA/Iran, 2020. Directed by Julia Elihu.
Based on true events. At the onset of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, a Persian-Jewish mother is forced to question her faith to her country. She attempts to get her wrongly-convicted husband out of jail, all while coming to terms with the fact that she is no longer welcome in Persia.This film is part of our support for emerging filmmakers and is a Chapman University thesis project by student director Julia Elihu.