the_promised_band

They needed a cover story to cross the Israeli border.

So they created an all-girl rock band.



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THE PROMISED BAND is the story of a fake rock band comprised of Israeli and Palestinian women who have decided that, despite their dubious musical talent, a music group is the best cover story to meet and interact with each other.

Aided by a naive but well-meaning American TV producer, our unlikely musicians have to cross borders, repeatedly and sometimes illegally. They have to secure permits to travel when possible, and find safe spaces to practice and perform. Although their societies are kept apart by the Israeli separation wall, solid concrete 26-feet tall and 3-feet thick, the women connect on their sameness, and their lives become entangled in ways they couldn't expect.

Together, they realize that while they have nothing to fear from each other, peace may be impossible in a place where their friendship is criminalized, and women's voices can be easily drowned out.

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Maine International Film Festival 2016

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Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME 04901 Saturday, July 9, 9 PM Reserve Tickets/More Info
Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME 04901 Sunday, July 10, 6 PM Reserve Tickets/More Info

SF DocFest | SF IndieFest

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Roxie Theater 3125 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Friday, June 3, 9:15 PM Reserve Tickets/More Info
Vogue Theater 3290 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94115 Saturday June 11, 9 PM Reserve Tickets/More Info

Hands of Peace Benefit: Riding the Peace Train

Join Hands of Peace at our Annual Benefit Evening as we explore with Jen and Maria, our featured speakers at this year’s benefit, why these two hold fast to their hope for peace in the Middle East. (Note: This is a benefit evening and dinner, not a screening.)

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637

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Hands of Peace at our Annual Benefit Evening Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
Sun, April 17th, 2016
6-9:30pm
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Sarasota Film Festival

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Screening T8 Sarasota Film Festival Sunday, April 3rd, 3:00 PM More Info
Screening T10 Sarasota Film Festival Monday, April 4th, 1:30 PM More Info

Cinequest Film Festival 2016

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Camera 12 - Screen 11 Cinequest Film Festival Fri, Mar 4, 2016 7:15 PM Jury Selection Winner: Best Documentary! More info at cinequest.com
Camera 12 - Screen 10 Cinequest Film Festival Sun, Mar 6, 2016 2:00 PM Jury Selection Winner: Best Documentary! More info at cinequest.com
Camera 12 - Screen 10 Cinequest Film Festival Sat, Mar 12, 2016 7:15 PM Jury Selection Winner: Best Documentary! More info at cinequest.com
Camera 12 - Screen 10 Cinequest Film Festival Sun, Mar 13, 4:00 PM (ENCORE) Jury Selection Winner: Best Documentary! More info at cinequest.com
Jen Heck

Jen Heck

Director
Jen Heck completed her MFA at Columbia University’s film program in 2009. She has had work at major film festivals including Sundance, The Hamptons, and Palm Springs, at museums including the Whitney (Biennial 2004) and MoMA, and on networks including MTV, Bravo, and VH1. She has won awards at festivals for her short narrative films Airplanes and Salamander, both photographed by Martina Radwan. She currently works as a documentary TV producer/director in New York.

Maria De La O

Maria De La O

Producer

Maria De La O is a graduate of the prestigious Columbia Journalism School and is a longtime writer and editor, having contributed to publications including the Village Voice, the Washington Post, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Human Rights. She has been an editor in chief and managing editor for numerous magazines, including The Industry Standard, Alternative Medicine, and Jane and Jane.

Ian Reinhard

Ian Reinhard

Executive Producer

With over 20 years experience in filmmaking, Ian Reinhard recently executive produced the Warner Brothers documentary "Batkid Begins" and the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated "Test." Recently named to Indies United’s “Producers to Watch” list in 2015, he was also producer on "24 Hours on Craigslist." Having worked in all different levels of film, his projects have won awards at Cinequest, Ashland, Omaha, Rincon and Dallas film festivals.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Producer

Chris Martin is recently a Film Independent Spirit Awards nominee for "Test," a feature written and directed by Chris Mason Johnson. Nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, it won the Grand Jury Award at LA Outfest and enjoyed official selection for the 2014 Berlinale, LGBT BFI Festival, Palm Springs and Seattle IFF. With more than 12 years experience in studio and independent feature and documentary films, he is following up production on "The Promised Band" by producing Tom E. Brown’s "Pushing Dead," to be released in 2016.

Martina Radwan

Martina Radwan

Director of Photography

Martina Radwan has a well-established career as a cinematographer, including a collaboration with Ellen Kuras on Personal Velocity, which won the Cinematographer Award and The Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. She has also photographed all of Israeli filmmaker (and Homeland creator) Gideon Raff’s feature films. In 2011–2012, she shot Saving Face, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary short about women injured in acid attacks, and Hot Coffee, the award-winning film about the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit. More recently, Watchers of the Sky, which she collaborated on, received a Documentary Special Jury Award at Sundance 2014. Martina and Jen have worked on numerous projects together since 2006.

Ben Frazer

Ben Frazer

Editor/Associate Producer

Ben Frazer studied film and media at Johns Hopkins University. As a New York and LA based producer and editor, he's worked with film and television clients such as NBC-Universal, Discovery, Scripps, A&E-History, and Disney-ABC. His broadcast credits include Car Hunters, Counting Cars, Tiny House Nation/World, Jersey Couture, Say Yes to the Dress, King of Dirt, The Rachel Zoe Project, LA Ink, and over 40 episodes of House Hunters International. Ben has also collaborated with Jen Heck on several documentary projects.

John Dilley

John Dilley

Editor

John Dilley is an editor, story editor and writer based in San Francisco. Films he's cut or written for have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, on PBS, at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and at many other venues throughout the United States and Europe. In 2014, he was selected by the IFP for their Emerging Storytellers program as part of Independent Film Week in Lincoln Center.

Shlomit Ravid

Shlomit Ravid

Associate Producer/Band Manager

Shlomit Ravid is a Tel Aviv based journalist, working as an Editor and Head of News Desk at Calcalist, Israel's largest Economic Newspaper. Her experience includes content and project management for a feminist fashion company, translating American reality TV shows into Hebrew, writing trivia questions for a gaming website and serving as a Psychotechnical Diagnostician in the IDF. She's completed her MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University in 2015, speaks Hebrew, English, Spanish and Chinese, and is currently learning Arabic.