Where is Joel Baum is a 2012 independent short film directed by Pearl Gluck and starring Lynn Cohen, Luzer Twerksy, and Zuzanna Szadkowski. This drama tells the story of the consequences a tragic accident has on the family of the Grand Rabbi.
This project expands upon Gluck's exploration of the themes of Hasidic life seen in her previous films, such as Divan, however this time it is in fictional context.
After a trajic accident occurs in the home of a Hasidic rabbi, the family is forced to navigate the unexpected conseqeunces. Taking place in contemporary Brooklyn, the Grand Rabbi's wife is forced to reconsider her loyalties when she finds out that the culprit is her grandson, the heir to her husband's dynasty. Rather than calling the Hasidic vigilante patrol, she calls the police, which in turn ruins 60 years of tradition that she and her husband put into place.
- Lynn Cohen as Mrs. Stein
- Luzer Twersky as Joel Baum
- Zuzanna Szadkowski as Polish Cleaning Lady
- Tibor Feldman as Reb Hersh
- Elli as Rabbi Kesselman
- Shayna Levine as Malki
- Arthur French as Detective Robertson
- Stella Stark as Polish Cleaning Lady
- Tym Moss as Police Officer #1
- Marika Daciuk as Polish Cleaning Lady
- Gene Pope as Forensics
- Dearl Nelson as Police Officer
- Sylvia Milo as Polish Cleaning Lady
- Ronald Cohen as Mr. Stein
- Francine Renee Reiser as Mrs. Kesselman
- Wioletta Komar as Polish Cleaning Lady
- Danusia Trevino as Anya
The production for Where is Joel Baum? was funded through Kickstarter, as well as an $1,000 grant from the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University.
Screenings and Awards
The premiere screening for the film was at the Cityvisions Festival at City College of New York.
- Denver International Film Festival (2012) - Won Special Jury Prize; Best Actor - Domestic Short
- Toronto Female Eye Festival (2013) - Won Jury Award; Best Short Film
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