Help us make a film about an older Anne Frank!

Ruth's A Project of Shorts

About the project:

Ruth's is a short screenplay which follows a family's visit to grandmother's Ruth's house on the night of the Seder. Later in the evening granddaughter, Lizzy, finds Ruth, watching a news story about recently discovered facts of Anne Frank's death, and confronts her about something she'd suspected for years – her grandma is Anne Frank.

The screenplay was inspired by an official study by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. We contacted them and they, too are eager to help, calling the story daring and interesting.

The screenplay for Ruth's was chosen as official selection/finalist in festivals and grants around the U.S. (NYC, LA and more) and abroad (Mexico, Canada, UK, and more). A full list of Ruth's current festival participation can be found here under "Ruth's." This goes to show that there's anticipation for the story to be told before it has even been produced, and can positively predict acceptance to festivals later on, as a completed film.

In addition to the above, on November 2017, a special reading event took place at the Manhattan JCC in NYC, featuring none other than Tony and Emmy award nominee, Tovah Feldshuh (The Walking Dead, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and so much more!), in the lead role of an older Anne.

The JCC cast of Ruth's with Tovah Felshuh

More about the filmmaker:

Chen Drachman (producer, screenplay, actress) is an Israeli-American. She has been living in NYC for eight years and became a permanent resident through an application of excellence in the field of production. Chen is an actress (Last Week Tonight, BlackBox, The Path) and a writer with scripts that have been finalists/official selections in festivals around the world. She was a film and TV major in Israel (graduated with honors) and an acting major in NYC.

The story of Ruth's is especially relevant to Chen who is third generation to Holocaust survivors. She would love the chance to bring this "what if" story to life, and to encourage the viewers to have a meaningful conversation about the themes, to read and research more about the Holocaust and stories of survivors.

The project is fiscally sponsored by From the Heart, a 501(c)(3), non-profit, so all donations are tax-deductible!

While $30,000 is our overall wishful budget (which includes all aspects of post-production,) we'll be able to start and finish principal photography with $20,000. So every little bit helps!

For any questions and additional info, email contact@chendrachman.com

Ruth's website: https://ruthsfilm.wixsite.com/ruths

Chen's website: www.chendrachman.com

Please join us and help us bring this story to the big screen!

Thank you!

$4,485 Raised
23% towards $19,250 Goal

Supported by 54 Donations:

  • Pnina  O.
    I Gave $250
  • Kara M.
    I Gave $100
    Happy Hanukkah to a very talented person!
  • Gili O.
    Good luck!
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $50
  • Hugh S.
    I Gave $100
  • Alan G.
    I Gave $100
    What a great concept! This film needs to be made!
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  • Bella T.
    I Gave $50
  • Dovi S.
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    Good luck!
  • Adva  K.
    I Gave $50
    Good luck! We beleive in you. #teamM
  • Stephanie S.
    I Gave $10
    This little bit of help goes to this writer who gave me a rollercoaster of emotions with her fanfic story. Good luck with your project.
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  • Tal  F.
    I Gave $50
    Good luck!!! :-)
  • Anonymous
    I Gave $1,000
    Argentinian donation
  • Carolyn S.
    I Gave $100
    I believe in you and the work you do. Good luck with this project and all the others to come. Looking forward to this.
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    Anonymous
    good luck & <3, I+M (+O)
  • Erez C.
    I Gave $100
    Chen, Good luck girl
  • Omri D.
    I Gave $20
    Good luck, this sounds awesome!
  • Fran M.
    I Gave $20
    ¡Ánimo, Chen! Todo mi apoyo y mis mejores deseos desde España. Eres una gran artista.
  • sarit f.
    Remember you as a baby...hope you will be able to give birth to this baby..
  • Tom Y.
    I Gave $250
    You are an inspiration. Knock em dead, girl.
  • Amit N.
    I Gave $10
  • James  D.
    I Gave $20
  • Nir A.
    I Gave $20
    Good luck. Hope you reach the target
  • Yaron I.
    I Gave $10
  • Simon S.
    I Gave $25
  • Noy Hilda D.
    I Gave $25
    Good luch Cheni :-) <3
  • Michal A.
    I Gave $10
    Good luck!!!
  • Claire L.
    I Gave $50
    I really hope this gets made!! Xx