A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

  • United States of America (USA)
  • Feature
  • 2021
  • 75 min.
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A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

  • United States of America (USA)
  • Feature
  • 2021
  • 75 min.

Synopsis

An artistic excommunication set in 2008, A Kaddish For Bernie Madoff is a mystical meta-musical about the greatest financial fraud in history. A hybrid of musical memoir and narrative fantasy, the film 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

Director(s)

Alicia J. Rose

Producer(s)

Lara Cuddy

Executive Producer(s)

Alicia Jo Rabins, Alicia J. Rose

Script

Alicia J. Rose, Alicia Jo Rabins

Cinematography

Asia Brown, Brad Reeb

Editor

Alicia J. Rose

Original Music

Alicia Jo Rabins

Original Language

English

Subtitles

English

Animation

Zak Margolis

Choreography

Tahni Holt

Production & Costume design

Nora Colie & Sarah Turner

Supported by

Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council; Peleh Fund; Jack Straw Cultural Center

  • WINNER

    Audience Award
    Ashland Independent Film Festival
    2021
  • WINNER

    Visionary Award
    Sarasota International Film Festival
    2021

Festival Highlights

Ashland Independent Film Festival, USA , Official Competition , 2021

Sarasota International Film Festival, USA , Official Competition , 2021

Portland International Film Festival, USA , Official Competition , 2021

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA , 2021

  • "The film by Alicia Jo Rabins and Alicia J. Rose may be about the financial crisis of 2008, but its images and themes couldn't feel more current."
    Alma
  • "If Anna Deavere Smith, Sarah 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
  • "A hallucinogenic, experimental art piece grappling with identity and betrayal. There are mesmerizing sequences of synchronized swimmers and witchy rituals created by Rose."
    The Forward
  • "A post-modern masterpiece and a top-shelf contemporary art film...Highly, highly recommended"
    The Rogue Valley Messenger

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