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"If Anna Deavere SmithSarah Koenig, and Joey Soloway wrote a self-reflexive musical about finance and religion, it might approach [this] film’s impish, mystical spirit...it's a blessing."

                          --The Atlantic

WINNER: Audience Award, 2021 Ashland Independent Film Festival 

WINNER: Jim Ewing Young Director's Award, 2021 Port Townsend Film Festival 

WINNER: Terry Porter Visionary Award, 2021 Sarasota Film Festival 

A KADDISH FOR
BERNIE MADOFF

 
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SYNOPSIS

An artistic excommunication set on Wall Street in 2008,

A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff is a mystical meta-musical about the greatest financial fraud in history, as seen through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins.


A hybrid of musical memoir and narrative fantasy, A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff tells the story of Madoff and the system that allowed him to function for decades through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins, who watches the financial crash from her 9th floor studio in an abandoned office building on Wall Street. Fueled by her growing obsession, real-life interviews transform into music videos, ancient spiritual texts become fevered fantasies of synchronized swimming, and a vivid, vulnerable work of art is born from the unique perspective of an artist watching the global financial collapse up close.

Credits
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Directed & Edited by: Alicia J. Rose

Starring & Created by: Alicia Jo Rabins

Adapted for screen by Alicia J. Rose & Alicia Jo Rabins

Produced by: Lara Cuddy

Executive Producers: Alicia Jo Rabins and Alicia J. Rose
Director of Photography: Asia Brown

2nd Unit Director of Photography (NYC): Brad Reeb

Animation: Zak Margolis
Composer: Alicia Jo Rabins

Choreography by Tahni Holt

Production & Costume design by Nora Colie & Sarah Turner

Key HMUA: Eve White

Still photography: Alicia J. Rose


Supported by generous grants from:
Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council;

Peleh Fund;
Jack Straw Cultural Center

Full Credits Available Upon Request

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