A place where beauty becomes a metaphor for much more
Judy Maltz & Richie Sherman
This is a second filmmaking collaboration for Judy Maltz and Richie Sherman. Their first award-winning documentary, “No. 4 Street of Our Lady” (2009) told the remarkable, yet little known, story of Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish-Catholic women who risked her life to save 15 Jews during the Holocaust.
"Our goal is to share an unusual story of coexistence and female camaraderie in a part of the world more often associated with conflict and violence and to show how common interests and passions – in this case, making others beautiful – can often trump politics and prejudice. We stumbled on the beauty academy by chance during a trip to Tel Aviv in 2011 and were immediately struck by the diversity of the faces and the variety of different languages being spoken there. Right away, we understood that it contained the ingredients for a great visual story."
Co-Director & Co-Producer
Judy Maltz is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering Israel. She is a full-time correspondent for the new English-language digital edition of Haaretz, Israel's most respected news publication. She has worked for both the Hebrew and English print editions of Haaretz, as well as The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report, The Financial Times and Reuters. In addition,
she has taught journalism at Penn State University.
Co-Director & Co-Producer
Richie Sherman is an award-winning independent filmmaker. He has shot more than 50 short films and seven feature-length films, including "The Guatemalan Handshake" (2006) and "SquidMan" (2012). He is also an associate professor of film at Penn State University. His short films have been juried into competitive film festivals, including the Kurz International Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany, the Filmstock Film Festival in Luton, England, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan. He is a past recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Artists Fellowship and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship.
Izhar Schejter, Composer
Izhar Schejter composed the original music for this film as well as for "No. 4 Street of Our Lady," is on faculty at the Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music in Israel. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, he studied composition with George Russell. He was the musical director and conductor of The Modern Repertory Ensemble and has performed with Maria Schneider, Fred Ho, Tim Bern, Laszlo Gardony, Dave Fuzinsky and "The Fringe."
Natan Levy, 2nd Cameraman
Natan Levy is an independent documentary filmmaker and videographer from Israel and a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. He has worked on various programs for Israeli television and is currently involving in launching a community television station in Jaffa.
Brian Callahan, Sound Designer
Brian Callahan is an experienced audio mixer and creative sound designer with over 15 years in the post-production industries of Chicago and D.C. His varied mixing resume includes television series for HGTV (“New Spaces”), Discovery (“Nightmare Next Door”) and Lifetime (“I’m Getting Married, But…”), numerous programs for National Geographic Explorer (“JFK: The Lost Bullet,” “Can the Gulf Survive?” “24 Hrs. After: Hiroshima”), and award–winning independent documentaries (“No. 4 Street of Our Lady,” “Breaking through the Clouds”).
Ted Snavely, Colorist
Ted Snavely has been responsible for the final color and image mastering of projects ranging from feature films to spots and has more than 20 years of experience in post-production.