Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw Back Jewish Story Partners Amid Time of Racial Reckoning
“There is nothing like storytelling to foster connections,” the iconic Hollywood filmmaker says of expanding the range of stories around Jewish lives with the new film foundation.
Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw want to tell more Jewish stories on the screen, but not for entertainment or escapism.
The Hollywood filmmaker and humanitarians offered seed financing through their Righteous Persons Foundation for Jewish Story Partners, a new film foundation unveiled Thursday, to be led by filmmaker Roberta Grossman and former Sundance senior programmer Caroline Libresco.
The goal is to tell more social justice stories and expand the range of stories reflecting Jewish lives. “There is nothing like storytelling to foster connections and help us understand life’s deepest truths. We are especially proud to help establish this initiative — which will make visible a fuller range of Jewish voices, identities, experiences and perspectives — at a time when social divisions run painfully deep and mainstream depictions too often fail to reflect the Jewish community in all its complexity,” Spielberg and Capshaw said in a joint statement as the new film foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles, was unveiled.
Jewish Story Partners has $2 million in launch financing also from the Maimonides Fund and the Jim Joseph Foundation. Grossman will serve as producing director and Libresco becomes artistic director to support Jewish stories that challenge established positions and confront difficult realities.
By: Etan Vlessing