“The Making of a Mensch”
NYC Film Premiere!
Yom Kippur Night Screening & TalkBack
Sept. 22, 2015, 9:00pm-10:30pm
New York Academy of Medicine – Hosack Hall
Join Amichai & guest presenters right after Kol Nidrei worship for a conversation and screening of three short films on the art of building better character.
On this night we open the Book of Life and look to our next year, making wishes and choices. Who will we be to ourselves and those around us?
Tiffany Shlain’s new film series unveils Judaism’s almost forgotten Mussar Movement and explores digital and ethical tools that empower us to cultivate our best selves and flourish in our 24/7 reality.
The Making of a Mensch, (13 mins.) directed by acclaimed Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain explores character development through the ancient Jewish wisdom of Mussar, updating these teachings through her trademark accessible, provocative, engaging, and entertaining 21st century lens, hoping to “spark new conversation and thinking about how to live fulfilling and purposeful lives in today’s world.”
The Adaptable Mind (10 mins.) directed by Tiffany Shlain and her team explores new research on the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century.
The Science of Character (8 mins.) directed by Tiffany Shlain and her team explores the neuroscience and social science that proves that we can shape who we are, and who we want to be.
The premiere of this film series is part of Let it Ripple’s second annual Character Day on Sept 18, 2015, offering a robust global conversation around “character” from different perspectives — science, education, philosophy, and more. This conversation around character has been bubbling up from many different voices, and we are inviting you to join in the zeitgeist and contribute to the evolution of this fascinating dialogue through a cross-disciplinary approach.
The Making of Mensch is Tiffany Shlains first explicitly Jewish-themed film since The Tribe in 2006, which explored American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll. Shlain’s original online series, the Emmy-nominated The Future Starts Here, has over 40 million views and in its first episode, “Technology Shabbats,” explored Shlain’s family’s weekly ritual of turning off all screens one day each week, an updated interpretation of the very old tradition of shabbat.
View a promo for Character Day 2015 here.
Let It Ripple’s mission is to use film, technology, discussion materials, and live and virtual events to engage people in conversation and action around complicated subjects that are shaping our lives, and updating these topics through an engaging, accessible, 21st century lens. Over the past ten years, the team has created and distributed 28 films, engaged over 50 Million people in dialogue, and created a new way of making films called “Cloud Filmmaking,” where they make films collaboratively with people all over the world and offer free customized versions of the films to thousands of schools and nonprofits to help further their reach.