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Exploring Our Connections

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all of our ways of life, the backStorygroup has also pivoted to follow guidelines and maintain social distancing. One part of this shift includes postponing our May 2020 trip to Israel and continuing to adjust our plans as we monitor the ever-evolving situation.

Though we are hitting pause on planning trips abroad, we don't have to stop exploring, learning, and connecting with one another.We can't take filmmakers, composers and other creators to Israel right now, but we can bring an insider's glimpse of a favorite part of The backStorygroup experience in Israel to you!

Over the summer, we kicked that off with Stories from Israel 2020: Virtual Screenings and Discussions, a series of Israeli student films and discussions with the filmmakers and occasional "surprise guests" from the U.S. and Israel. Now we're launching On the Cusp, an ongoing series of short films from students and recent grads in Israel and the US. Each of these screenings will be followed by an online discussion with the emerging filmmakers and industry pros who will provide their valuable insight.  Our first program featured 5 films and special guests Rick Allen, CEO of ViewLift, writer/director Takashi Doscher, and David Gale, EVP of  Development and Production at Gunpowder & Sky. Our upcoming September 9-13 program features 4 films and special guests Judy Cairo & Michael Simpson, partners in Cairo-Simpson Entertainment & Informant Media, and composer George S. Clinton, For more information click here.

The Back Room

After the super-successful master class by composer Rick Baitz to the students at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, we had a eureka moment: How great would it be to connect American film students with Israeli music composition students for the purpose of completing their senior capstone films with an original score! Thus was born the The Back Room, a joint initiative with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) Select senior film students in the U.S. will be connected with composition students at JAMD, and they'll pair up and get started.  We think this is a great way for American and Israeli film and music students to connect and work together towards a mutual creative goal! 

Details are here


Check this page and "Coming Attractions" frequently for updates as we post new virtual events intended to enrich your cultural palette while connecting with a global community. 


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Thank you to all of our generous, wonderful, creative and inspiring collaborators during this time: from our friends and filmmakers in Israel to our supporters and fellow creatives in the U.S. We couldn't do this without you.


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