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OMG-d Cast: Six Talmudic Films in Six Days?

Posted by Oyster on August 1, 2012

If the world was created in only six days, maybe we can do six films?

G-dcast Announces “Studio G-dcast” – A Residency at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for College/Graduate Student Animators and Storytellers

San Francisco, CA April 17, 2012 – The Jewish non-profit production company G-dcast has released applications for Studio G-dcast, a summer artists’ residency to take place at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Over the week of August 12-17, 2012, six student animators and six storytellers will come together for an intensive residency that combines art and Jewish learning. Animator-storyteller chevrutas – the Hebrew word for study pairs – will transform six Talmudic tales into six animated shorts.

“We’re looking for students from all over the map – literally and spiritually. We hope to find them at art schools and technology programs, in MFAs and underground improv troupes,” said G-dcast’s Executive Director Sarah Lefton, who designed the program in response to widespread requests from educators for collaborative filmmaking opportunities for their students. “The goal is to give young artists a chance to practice their craft in a Jewish space, and to give us on the professional team a chance to share our process with new talent. It’s a two-way street.”

Admission to the program will be competitive. Applications are open and rolling until the end of May. Prospective participants will complete biographical and artistic statements as well as a creative assignment to be considered. A selection committee featuring Jewish educators, filmmakers, and arts programmers will make decisions about the cohort this spring.

Studio G-dcast is made possible in part by funds granted by the Covenant Foundation. G-dcast is the recipient of a 2012-13 Signature Grant supporting Studio G-dcast; the organization joins 10 other distinguished grantees doing innovative work in Jewish education.

About G-dcast
G-dcast is a non-profit production company dedicated to raising worldwide Jewish literacy. G-dcast is celebrated for using the tools and storytelling styles that speak to today’s youth. They produce animated shorts based on Jewish texts and offer companion curricula. G-dcast is celebrated as innovator the emergent field of Jewish learning and new media educational technology. All G-dcast videos are free and available online.

About the CJM
Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco has commissioned and curated contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. In step with their mission, the CJM will host Studio G-dcast. The museum will provide work space, creative educators, and logistical support. Additionally, the CJM will host a public presentation of works-in-progress at the residency’s end.

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