This month’s online short is co-presented by BimBam (formerly G-dcast) and is the perfect companion to Passover seders and gatherings this month.
About the film:
Passover is full of stories, and BimBam has decided to bring to life the Haggadah’s famous tale of the Four Sons. These four characters – wise, wicked, simple and the one who doesn’t know how to ask questions – can be found all over the world, but in this particular video, their story has been set in Moscow.
Q&A with director Sarah Lefton
What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?
This piece was made while I was taking care of a newborn – my first child. The entire experience is a blur of storyboards, recording studios, phone calls in the middle of the night and diapers.
Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?
I know anecdotally that thousands of people have seen this piece before or during a seder – at a home, at a JCC. It makes me so happy that it has brought the story of the Four Children into an accessible and joyful framework for so many people! It’s a great addition to a home ritual…or even better if you send it out to your guests in advance, so that they can learn about the seder before they come over.
What film/media has inspired you lately?
Kids TV – Peppa Pig, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and my personal favorite this year, Peg + Cat. Plus, I’ve logged hundreds and hundreds of hours watching Youtube videos this year, trying to manipulate my GenX brain into thinking more like a young(er) internet user. I’m learning a lot about how to conceive content for Youtube watchers…and I am very inspired by the people behind channels like CrashCourse, Art for Kids Hub, Epic Rap Battles of History, and Super Simple Songs.
What do you do when you’re not filmmaking?
Make mediocre pottery. Catch up on Netflix series everyone else saw 3 weeks ago. Try to get my kids to eat.
Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious, or disgusting?
Delicious! But only the fresh kind. The jars are for suckers.