Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
DOCUMENTARY, 87 MINUTES, WORLD PREMIERE ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018
HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.
DOCUMENTARY, 78 MINUTES, WORLD PREMIERE DOC NYC 2015, CO-PRESENTATION WITH THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, THEATRICAL RUN ARGOT PICTURES
THE ANTHROPOLOGIST examines climate change like no other film before. The fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Documentary, 90 minutes, world premiere Tribeca 2012, theatrical run Magnolia Pictures, broadcast premiere CNN 2015
In the late ‘80s, Morton Downey Jr. tore apart the traditional talk-show format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. It features interviews with Gloria Allred, Pat Buchanan, Herman Cain, Alan Dershowitz, Chris Elliott, and Sally Jessy Raphael.
The New Recruits
Documentary, 57 minutes, broadcast premiere PBS 2010, Emmy nomination 2011
A battalion of jet-setting business students has a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services. THE NEW RECRUITS is a hilarious, evocative, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride along a road paved with good intentions. It is narrated by Rainn Wilson, Dwight Schrute of NBC’s “The Office.”
Documentary, 65 minutes, world premiere Sundance 2008, broadcast premiere PBS 2009, Emmy nomination 2010
David Harrison and Greg Anderson are THE LINGUISTS: scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia, India, and Bolivia, the linguists’ resolve is tested by the very forces stifling languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.