PASSING THE TORCH
Passing the Torch is a series of documentary shorts celebrating the life and legacy of four of LA’s biggest Jewish philanthropists. In the series they each described their inspiring ascent from poverty to the financial peak they each achieved.
Their stories demonstrate how early challenges can build up strength, resilience and entrepreneurship.
The four men: Parviz Nazarian, Guilford Glazer, Jona Goldrich and Max Webb, are being interviewed in the series by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple – named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the hundred most influential. He discusses with them their deep commitment to the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) that informs their philanthropy.
A collaboration between visual artist Sigal Bussel and performing artist Diana Wyenn.
Produced by Sigal Bussel & Diana Wyenn
Directed by Diana Wyenn
Installation by Sigal Bussel
Cinematography by Dan Katzir
Edited by LABAN
New Love Films is a Los Angeles based creative company that produces award-winning critically-acclaimed content for film, television, and digital platforms. Our films aired on HBO, Channel 4 UK, and France 2, to name a few; played in movie theaters across the US garnering stellar reviews in the LA TIMES, NY TIMES, and the Hollywood Reporter, as well as many other publications; and have been screened in hundreds of film festivals, Ivy League universities, museums and other educational institutions around the world. We collaborate with networks, non-profit and corporate clients in the US, Europe and Israel, providing production services from inception, through research, all the way to post-production. Past clients include Mentorn/Channel 4 UK, Channels 8, 10 and 1 Israel.
Dan Katzir’s films have won dozens of international awards in the US, Europe and Asia as well as being nominated for an Israeli Academy Award. His films have played in hundreds of film festivals and have been shown on multiple networks around the world including HBO in the US, channel 4 in the UK and France 2, to name a few.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Katzir served as a drill sergeant in the Israeli commandos and he was also both a combat soldier and an officer in the Israeli paratroopers.
He graduated from Tel Aviv University’s film department magna cum laude and received his MFA from the American Film Institute in Hollywood. A WGAW member, Katzir currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, filmmaker Ravit Markus and their son.
Writer/Director/Producer Ravit Markus’s latest documentary feature had its world premiere and won the Audience Award at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival as part of the disability focused Unstoppable program. American Pot Story: Oaksterdam is a 10-year-follow-up on a group of Oakland underdogs who are the reason for the huge change we see today in California and worldwide in cannabis policy, and its social justice ramifications. It explores the power of the activist, no matter the cause. She was just awarded the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant from NY Women in Film and TV for her next documentary, NINA, which is currently in post. It follows Israel’s champion of wheelchair badminton, Nina Gorodetsky, and her journey to the Tokyo Paralympics. It is scheduled to premiere in early 2024.
Her previous documentary features include the critically acclaimed Yiddish Theater: A Love Story which she wrote and produced. It became a cultural phenomenon when it commercially played in theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Tel Aviv for months and months garnering raving reviews from the NY Times, LA Times, and the NY Magazine to mention a few, resulting in a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also made the list of the top 10 documentaries of 2007 in About.com. Ravit co-produced Jewish Film Festivals’ darling Rock in the Red Zone; and produced the Channel 4 UK documentary Porn Shutdown, which aired worldwide including on the Sundance Channel in the US, and received excellent reviews in The Guardian and the London Time Out.
Ravit holds a dual BFA in Screenwriting and Directing from The Film and TV Department at Tel Aviv University.