KlezKanada is pleased to announce the addition of renowned documentary filmmaker Karen Shopsowitz to the 2013 faculty. Karen will direct this year’s David Stein Film Scholarship program, taking the reins from Garry Beitel. Our sincere gratitude to Garry for his accomplishments in overseeing this program during its first six years of operation. Applications are still being accepted for the program, click here to apply.
The David Stein Film Scholarship is a unique opportunity for young and emerging filmmakers to explore KlezKanada creatively through the camera’s eye. Under the supervision of veteran documentary filmmaker Karen Shopsowitz, participants will hone their documentary skills through workshops and filmmaking projects – using performances and interactions with the leading lights of the Yiddish culture scene and the 400+ KlezKanada attendees as their subjects. The participants will be guided in conceiving, shooting, editing and completing short film projects during the week at KlezKanada. The films will be screened for the entire KlezKanada community as part of the closing night student concert, with potential future possibilities for screening at other Jewish music and film festivals.
David Stein was a talented young Toronto-based filmmaker who passed away suddenly in 2004 at age 34. David produced a wide variety of works in his prolific career including documentary features, music videos, short art films, and a variety of corporate and commercial work. His films screened at a number of international film festivals, as well as on Bravo!, History Television, Vision TV, and Star TV among others. David was well-known in the Jewish film and music community and with his ever-present camera in hand was a ubiquitous presence at many Yiddish culture events, including KlezKanada from 1997-99. In addition to his artistry as a filmmaker, David was known for his vibrant spirit, larger-than-life personality, and unforgettable smile.
The David Stein Film Scholarship Program is sponsored by Eric Stein and Drorit Weiss.