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Conversation with #SupportOurCreatives

Had a great time on Alan Greenstein’s podcast earlier this week.

We talked The Book of Ruth and But I’m a Shoe (two projects he graciously supported) as well as the state of the industry, which also means I got to go on a rant about AI.

You can watch the video here:


Or listen on Spotify here:

Shout Out on the JV Club

Two of the nicest people I know, Janet Varney (who also stars in But I’m a Shoe, of course!) and Juliet Landau had a wonderful chat on Janet’s podcast – The JV Club

Aside from the fact that it’s a great conversation between two lovely, smart women, they also gave a shout out to But I’m a Shoe, which was obviously a special treat for me. Love you, ladies!

Take a listen!


Female Filmmaker Fridays with Melissa Center

Had a blast doing an Instagram live with the lovely Melissa Center on May 17th.

Talking about the craft and my work is one of my favorite things to do.

Hopefully, more of these, soon!



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Honey, we have a poster!

I’m so excited to present our official poster for But I’m a Shoe, beautifully designed by Andrew Dittmann who had to endure my endless notes and many changes in direction. Thanks for your patience, Andrew!

A little over a year ago, we wrapped Shoe, a movie which existence is a miracle on so many levels.

I had the brilliant idea of directing for the first time after nearly 2 decades, work with animation which I’ve never done before, film in a different state so that I won’t be able to see the locations or be on the ground with my crew until a day before the shoot, use an active airport as a location so that we’ll have to involve the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, oh, and have Janet Varney star, to make scheduling even trickier (Janet’s an angel and even though she’s super busy she made it work and was super easy going about it.)

And yet, all of the above happened, and Converse even donated us the pair of shoes starring in the live action bits.

I’m really in love with this film. I’m really proud of it and am grateful to everyone who was involved in its making. The crew (post crew included of course! They worked super hard!), the cast (extras included!) the people who helped us with housing/locations, you are all amazing.

If you’re one of our donors and already watched it, I hope you loved it as much as I do. If you’re not – I can’t wait for it to premiere so I can share it with the world.

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Podcast with Inwood Art Works

Hey all,

I’m not going to talk about what life has been like recently. Suffice it to say – I’m Israeli, and it’s been rough. Very rough.

In the midst of it all, I totally missed the fact that the podcast episode I recorded with Inwood Film Works (the wonderful org behind the Inwood Film Festival) came out 2 weeks ago.

There’s The Book of Ruth talk, a little bit on the progress of But I’m a Shoe, and general art and process discussion. It was a delight.

Listen here, or watch below:

Take care of yourself.


Shoe updates + Post-Production Crowdfunding!

Hey Everyone!

It’s been almost 4.5 months since we wrapped But I’m a Shoe, and things have been very busy, but an update is way overdue.

We’re almost done with the animation and the live-action editing. This will bring us to what the cool kids call “picture lock.” Once we’re there, our sound designer, as well as our composer, will jump in to add those final, VERY important touches. We hope to have a film to show you sometime in October! 

Check out what happens when live-action meets animation in the editing room! (Courtesy of Maayan – our editor, and Andrew.)

We’re also holding another crowdfunding campaign. Right here.

“Why do they need another one,” you wonder?

“Didn’t you just say we’ll have a film in October?!”

All very valid questions. Well, this campaign, which is much smaller in scale, is meant for post-production. We need to allocate more hours for Andrew to finish the animation, we need to pay our post-production crew, and a million other little things that are boring but necessary. 

Many who’ll read this have already donated, and by doing so done more than enough, but in case you want to share with friends, or “level up” your perk, check it out!

So, for example, if the enamel pin is worth $50 and you already donated $25 but want to put down an additional $25 to get it, you can!

Look how pretty it is!


I actually spent my Friday night preparing many of the pins and signed postcards from our initial campaign for shipping!

So that’s it! Working hard, making edits, delivering perks, and trying to finish this wacky film!

Hope you join our effort and artistic family!

Enjoy your summer,