The much-anticipated follow-up from the director of the award-winning Queen Mimi, Follow Me is a feature documentary about an octogenarian that upends everything you thought you knew about the Holocaust, aging, and how to survive and thrive in a world gone mad.
Gidon Lev is a rascal, dairyman, father of six, and Holocaust survivor who has lived long enough to go viral on social media and witness the horrifying re-emergence of antisemitism in our days.
Hope is a verb.
When filmmaker Yaniv Rokah was first inspired by the story of Gidon Lev, Gidon was a Holocaust survivor who delivered flowers. Then, Gidon went viral on social media. Then, Gidon got a major book deal. Then October 7th happened. And the world changed. With animation and effects by the team behind The Social Dilemma, Follow Me asks important questions about trauma, identity and the weight of history.
I Am Gidon Lev invites viewers to explore more deeply, beyond the noise and drama of social media and politics. Who is this lost little boy who never quite grew up? How is it that Gidon has a Californian girlfriend 30 years younger than him and a number of unpaid parking tickets? Why does Gidon want to meet Steven Spielberg so badly, and what did he think when he met Elon Musk?
But perhaps more important than anything, I Am Gidon Lev explores what Gidon thinks of the world today with antisemitism at levels reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s.
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An actor, writer, director, and producer, Yaniv Rokah resides in Manhattan. His directorial debut was Queen Mimi, a documentary about Mimi Haist, an elderly homeless woman in Los Angeles. With appearances by Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellwegger, Queen Mimi won Best Documentary at the Manhattan Film Festival, Hot Springs Film Festival, Chagrin Falls Film Festival, and the St. Tropez International Film Festival. The film landed a global distribution deal through Netflix. His narrative short film, Black Hat, about a conflicted member of the Orthodox Jewish community, won several film festival awards in 2019, including the prestigious Iris Prize, and Best Film at the American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival and Jury Award at The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Black Hat was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and landed a distribution deal with HBO Europe. Currently in pre-production, Yaniv wrote a feature film about the refugee crisis in Europe called 20 Miles, which he will direct in Italy in 2024.
The producer of Yaniv Rokah's Queen Mimi and other award-winning festival-favorites such as the Netlix Original Little Miss Sumo and the NBC Peacock Original Black Boys, Elliot Kotek is a recognized leader in the power of purposeful content. He is a member of the Television Academy and the Producers Guild of America, and his innovative branded documentaries for the likes of AARP, Accenture, Aflac, Campbell's, Hyundai & the UNDP, LEGO, New Balance, Whirlpool & Habitat for Humanity have racked up several billion media impressions and earned 7 Emmy nominations, 5 Cannes Lions, 4 SxSW Innovation Awards, 2 Clios, 2 Anthem Awards, multiple Webby honors, archiving at MoMA as well as recognition from the U.S. Congress and House of Representatives.
Danny Cohen is the president of Access Entertainment, a division of Access Industries focused on investments across film, television, live entertainment, the creator economy, the visual arts, and gaming. Access Entertainment finances and produces films with leading actors and directors and Danny Cohen serves as Executive Producer on each of the films. Prior to joining Access in May 2016, Danny was director of BBC Television where he led the BBC's Television Networks and BBC Productions - Europe's largest television production group with a staff of 3,000. His role encompassed the greenlighting and production of all the BBC's comedy, drama, entertainment and unscripted programs. Danny also oversaw the BBC's film label, BBC Films and provided editorial leadership for the BBC's digital platform, the iPlayer. He was a BBC Board member.
Inbal Segev is “a cellist with something to say” (Gramophone). Combining rich tone and technical mastery with rare dedication and intelligence, she has appeared with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Bamberg Symphony and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice (NOSPR), collaborating with such prominent conductors as Marin Alsop, Stéphane Denève, Lorin Maazel, Cristian Măcelaru, Zubin Mehta and Edward Gardner. Committed to reinvigorating the cello repertoire, she has commissioned and premiered new cello concertos from Timo Andres, Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman, Fernando Otero, Dan Visconti and Victoria Poleva, whose concerto Segev looks forward to premiering with the Dallas Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras in the 2023-24 season. Recorded with Alsop and the London Philharmonic for Avie Records, Segev’s 2020 premiere recording of Clyne’s new cello concerto, DANCE, was an instant success, topping the Amazon Classical Concertos chart; its opening movement was chosen as one of NPR Music’s “Favorite Songs of 2020,” receiving nine million listens on Spotify, and Segev has continued to tour extensively with the piece. At the start of the pandemic, she launched “20 for 2020,” a commissioning, recording and video project for 20 cutting-edge composers, including John Luther Adams, Viet Cuong, Angélica Negrón and others who she asked to create works in response to the unprecedented worldwide crisis and encourage creative recovery. Her previous discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Elgar Cello Concerto, Romantic cello works and Bach’s Cello Suites, while her popular YouTube masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, has inspired a generation of cellists.
A native of Israel, at 16 Segev was invited by Isaac Stern to continue her cello studies in the U.S., where she earned degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School, before co-founding the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. Segev started composing during the pandemic: her cello quartet, Behold, can be heard on her album 20 for 2020; her cello octet, B Natural, premiered at Yale in 2023; and her forthcoming string trio is scheduled to premiere in the 2025-26 season. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.