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May 2, 2013 1:58 PM
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Project of the Day: A DC Lobby Group Fights for a Two-Party Solution in the Middle East

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"J STREET:  the documentary"

Tweetable Logline:

J STREET: the documentary tracks an upstart lobby group as they fight for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

Elevator Pitch:

Three years ago, we heard a news story about a progressive American lobby group offering a bold new vision for Middle East peace and challenging the political establishments in Washington DC and Israel.  J Street dares to assert that a two-state solution is Israel’s only viable future, and any peace deal will require the American administration to take a more active role in ending the deadlock with the Palestinians.   J Street: The Documentary follows this groundbreaking organization’s rise, highlighting the importance of dissent in a democracy and the need for establishing a constructive dialogue around our most divisive issues.


Production Team:

Ken Winikur - Producer / Director
Ben Avishai - Producer / Director
Jeremy Leach - Cinematographer
Tim Raycroft - Editor

About the Production:

"As American Jews, the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is a deeply resonant issue for us. Like many, we are at a loss as to why a final two-state solution cannot be achieved. Amidst this backdrop we began to hear rumblings of a new group that was emerging called J Street. We've followed J Street with extraordinary access, filming behind-the-scenes during high-level strategy meetings, long nights on the road, and at speaking events—some of which see J Street representatives accused of being traitors and anti-Semites. What emerges is a complex portrait of democracy at work." -- Ken Winikur

Current Status:


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Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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  • Mary Dale Ellis | June 1, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    I vote for J is thought provoking and terrific.

  • Leslie Harris | May 31, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    I vote "JStreet"

  • Joan Scanlan | May 29, 2013 7:19 PMReply

    I vote for J Street.

  • Elliott Seif | May 29, 2013 12:14 PMReply

    My vote is with J Street, a film that is critical to the
    successful future of Israel.

  • Clairsky | May 29, 2013 10:14 AMReply

    Not sure how to vote, but I'm voting for J Street!

  • Kitty Axelson-berry | May 29, 2013 7:48 AMReply

    j-Street is the best group I know of that is working on peace, safety, and freedom/democracy in Israel and the West Bank.

  • Maryellen Deckard | May 28, 2013 10:37 PMReply

    Dear Judges,
    I vote for "J Street," it is really good!