ArtSpeak: Brad Rothschild is making movies that matter

Brad Rothschild, an award-winning filmmaker, producer and writer, recently participated in a video conversation with ArtSpeak, Caplin News’ sister publication, to discuss his career and his most recent documentary film, “Rabbi on the Block.”

Rothschild is a New York City-based filmmaker who primarily makes documentary films that focus on the human condition.

After earning master’s degrees in international affairs and business at Columbia University, he served from 1995 to 1997 as the Speechwriter and Director of Communications for the Mission of Israel to the United Nations. It was not until later that he began exploring the art of filmmaking.

Rothchild worked as a producer for the documentary feature “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald,” which screened at over 20 film festivals in the United States and around the world. Rothschild has also directed films including “African Exodus,” about the struggles of Israel’s African refugees. He won the Audience Award at the St. Lawrence International Film Festival for his 2015 documentary, “Tree Man,” which tells the story of a Canadian father who journeys from his home in Quebec each holiday season to sell Christmas trees in New York City.

His most recent two films, “They Ain’t Ready for Me” and “Rabbi on the Block,” feature African American Rabbi Tamar Manasseh, chronicling her community work as she bridges the gap between African American and Jewish communities.

“Rabbi on the Block” was screened on Jan. 18th at the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Watch the entire video conversation with Brad Rothschild on the ArtSpeak website.

Also watch video conversations between Maggie Salas and Raymond Elman about forthcoming ArtSpeak video interviews in the “WHAT’S NEW” section of the ArtSpeak website. Maggie Salas is the Tech Conversions Producer for the FIU Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator and Raymond Elman is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of ArtSpeak.

Beverly R. Muzii is a student at the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media studying Broadcast Media. She has worked previously as the managing editor of the Seminole Scribe, the student newspaper of Seminole State College. In 2021, her independent audio/visual production on anti-racism won first place in the Seminole State College Social Science Video Contest. Along with her passion for journalism, Beverly brings an appreciation for arts and culture and a recognition of how they influence society.