While my music film clip Springvale was an excercise in what I could accomplish single handed, My Girl She Isn’t Kosher drew upon the enormous talents of director, DOP and editor, Abhijit Chattaraj and an effusive team of like-minded creatives, who all donned industrial aprons in a bid to help me cook up something extra tasty.
From animation that spoofed the Toy Story logo, to stop-motion sequences that were shot around Caulfield Park, we literally threw every possible ingredient into the ‘chulent’ pot – including 11 secret herbs and spices that may or may not have been strictly speaking, kosher.
As this was a self funded project, it really came down to pulling all sorts of favours, as well as relying on the kindness of strangers, including the incredibly generous Ben Howe who lent us his butcher shop!
The clip won Best In Show and the People’s Choice award at the 2010 Celluloid Soup Melbourne Jewish Short Film Festival. This was particularly sweet as it was the second time running that I’d scooped gold.
It was subsequently incorporated into a permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia which was also pretty special.
The clip itself featured my rabbinic alter-ego, Rabbi Pantsteyn, telling a ribald tale about the upside of romancing girls outside of Melbourne’s tightknit Jewish community.