Logline: Death and Love tells the story of a Jewish hospice worker who resents the Orthodox father of her deceased fiancé for not allowing her to attend his shiva. When a dying Orthodox man comes under her care, she's forced to re-examine her prejudices and is finally able to forgive and grieve.
Director's Statement: I'm making this film because I wanted to explore the ways that resentments can limit our lives, while the healing of old wounds and forgiving those who hurt us can restore balance and true intimacy.
• We plan to go into production in the Summer of 2024, and are currently raising funds in the amount of $30,000 to cover production and editing. Please visit our Go Fund Me campaign to make a contribution. For a tax-deductible contribution, please donate through our Fiscal Sponsor.
• In the fall of 2021, writer/director Jonathan Skurnik directed an online table read funded by the Word Grant, followed by a discussion of the themes in the film led by Rabbi Susan Goldberg.
Word is a program of American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity. Word: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize is made possible by the late Jeanette Geller in memory of her husband Bruce.