She fled a Jewish past only to rediscover it in her last and most famous work, Funny Girl. Now meet Isobel Lennart, the Hollywood screenwriter who forever changed the way audiences view Jews and women on the silver screen.
Phase of Support: Production
Meg Moritz - Director, Producer
Meg Moritz is a writer, educator, and filmmaker based in Boulder, CO. As Professor & UNESCO Chair (ret.) at University of Colorado, her research examined mainstream media portrayals of women, queer communities, and other marginalized groups, as well as media reporting on crises and traumas including school shootings, natural disasters, and terror attacks. Her career began as a television news and documentary producer at NBC Chicago. She has written and/or directed more than a dozen nonfiction films, including Scout’s Honor (writer), Covering Columbine, Taking the Lead and Como Fue: A Cuban Journey. These have screened on NBC, PBS and at international film festivals. Her recent work focuses on women artists and writers of the early to mid-20th century, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and now, Isobel Lennart. Her doctorate in radio-tv-film is from Northwestern. She currently serves on the selection committee of the Boulder International Film Festival and is in the residency program at the Jewish Film Institute.
Tom Shepard - Co-Producer
For over 20 years, filmmaker Tom Shepard has produced, directed, and edited documentary films. Five of his feature projects — Scout’s Honor, Knocking, Whiz Kids, The Grove and Unsettled — have aired nationally on PBS (including the programs POV, Independent Lens, PBS Plus and Doc World). Coverage of his work has been featured prominently in U.S. and foreign press including reviews of four of his films in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe. Shepard’s films have played in hundreds of film festivals worldwide including Full Frame, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Silver Docs and the Sundance Film Festival, where he has won two top awards. He has received funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for four of his feature documentary projects.
Robin Truesdale - Editor, Videographer
Robin Truesdale is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Two Hands Films. She received her BS and MS Degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado and began her career as a video editor working in a fast-paced news environment in Denver, Colorado. In 2003, she began producing documentary films that focus on cultural and social justice issues. Her work has taken her to locations worldwide, filming and editing projects that connect and educate audiences from diverse backgrounds. In 2017, she co-directed Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels, a documentary that recounts the escape of Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe to Cuba during WWII.