Loosely based on the story of Cain and Abel, STORM UP THE SKY follows the splintering relationship between the two eldest sons of a Hasidic patriarch (Richard Masur). Where one son, Caleb (Dan Pfau), enforces his father’s imposing system of beliefs, the other, Aaron (Dan Shaked), defies it.
STORM UP THE SKY was Jon Kauffman's graduate thesis film from Columbia University's M.F.A. film program. It was an Official Selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, 2011 NewFilmmakers NY, 2011 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2011 Gold Coast International Film Festival, 2010 Austin Film Festival, 2011 Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival, and was a semi-finalist at the 2010 Angelus Student Film Festival. The film received numerous grants, including one from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and was featured on NY1 as part of the City of New York’s NYC Life Television series, “Columbia Cinema: New Short Films from Columbia University School of the Arts."