Shot in San Francisco, Ezer Kenegdo is very personal film that explores the frictions that develop when a Chassidic Jew from Crown Heights (co-director Daniel Kremer) travels to San Francisco to visit a Polish-born friend (co-director Deniz Demirer) with the intent of discovering why a Bay Area art-world iconoclast (played by independent filmmaking icon Rob Nilsson) seeks to destroy a lifetime's worth of his own work. The film also stars filmmaker Josh Safdie (Daddy Longlegs, The Pleasure of Being Robbed).
The film is about historical baggage, its weight on the relationships we forge, the complexities of male friendship (especially when it crosses fraught cultural divides), and how art and destruction plays into all of these things. The cast, recruited mostly among friends and the players in Rob Nilsson's acting troupe, proved a total and utter joy of collaborative energy. It was that most mirthful of film births. The film might still might feature a couple interesting cameo appearances, so stay tuned!
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