On February 26th, Lovett Stories and Strategies and Congregation Shearith Israel (The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue) held a special screening and discussion of select scenes from Children of the Inquisition. The event marked the start of a crowd funding development campaign on Indiegogo, an online fundraising platform where anyone can make a tax-deductible donation – small or large – to support a project. Though the ambitions of the total project are immense, in this 45 day campaign Lovett Stories and Strategies is raising funds specifically to shoot historical sequences and interviews in Spain. This footage will further flesh out the unfinished documentary film portion of the project and link our characters’ amazing stories in those of their ancestors.
Read more about the event in an article that Jessica Siegel wrote for Tablet Magazine.
The night was an overwhelming success. Put together in association with The American Sephardi Federation and Jewish International Connection of New York, it brought in over 200 people from the throughout the tri-state area. After an introduction by Rabbi Shalom Morris, director and producer Joseph Lovett spoke about his attraction to this fascinating subject and inspiration for continuing to move this project forward. The 25 minute work-in-progress clip was very well received, stirring the audience’s emotions and provoking a lively discussion afterwards. Three characters from the film were there to share their story of discovering and living their Jewish roots: Brazilian artist Carlos DeMedieros, Jamaican jewelry designer Anna Enriques, and Jose Barreiro, a New Jersey native who was raised Catholic but feels a personal connection to Jewish history.
Edible History, a New York based historical catering company, curated and prepared the food especially for the evening. Their dishes were inspired by the movement of the diaspora, each platter exemplifying what a different region would have eaten during that time. The menu included Pickled Vegetable Skewers , Fresh Labne and Pita, Seviche, and Coconut Rice.
Now that the Indiegogo campaign has launched, we have the chance to raise funds to shoot footage that is vital to the completion of the documentary film. The screening at The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue showed us the scope and huge potential audience this project will have once completed – as well as the personal connection people feel towards this phenomenon.
You can be a part of this story by sharing your story on our website, sending out our Indiegogo link to friends and family to help spread the word, or donating to the project in exchange for a number of exciting perks. Together we can bring this rich story of history, identity, and struggle to life.
To donate now visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-of-the-inquisition