DEATH METAL GRANDMA follows 97 year old Holocaust survivor Inge Ginsberg's final attempt at being recognized as a Death Metal Singer by auditioning for America’s Got Talent. Inge redefines what it means to grow old and reminds us it's never too late to try anything.
DEATH METAL GRANDMA premiered at SWSX in 2018 and recently selected as a New York Times Op-Doc.
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Hot Docs Film Festival - Toronto, Canada
Aspen Shortfest - Aspen, CO
West Chester Jewish Film Festival
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Director: Leah Galant
Producer: Sean Weiner, Christine Wexler, Elizabeth Pauker, Linhan Zhang, Clifford Miu
Screenwriter: Sean Weiner, Leah Galant
Cinematographer: Kervin Marseille
Editor: Stephanie Khoury and Leah Galant
Music: Caleb Oaks
Principal Cast: Inge Ginsberg, Pedro Desilva, Lucia Caruso
Additional Credits: Additional Cinematography: Peter Quandt, Additional Cinematography: Stephanie Khoury, Additional Cinematography: Lucy Adams, Sound Mix: Michael Towndrow, Associate Producer: Matthew Hadley, Artistic Director: Maria Pia Marrella
More often than not I’m asked “what are you?” rather than “who are you?” This poetic documentary explores my experience as a multiracial person and why art became my outlet of expression.
Directed & Written by Stephanie Khoury
Cinematography by Leah Galant
Kitty & Ellen is the story of two best friends who happen to be Holocaust survivors. This short documentary interweaves hand drawn puppet animations of their past that mirror the current political climate and the impact of the election.
Directed by Leah Galant
Role: Associate Producer & Additional Cinematography
2017, Official Selection, DOC NYC
2017, Official Selection, CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL
2017, Official Selection Westchester Jewish Film Festival
Newest Americans is an multimedia collaboration of journalists, media-makers, artists, faculty and students telling the stories about immigration and migration from Newark, NJ.
While at Talking Eyes Media, I have edited and assisted in producing several pieces for Newest Americans, including the stories shared below. To see the full issue of please visit www.newestamericans.com.
Roles Per Project:
Newest Americans Trailer - Editor
Fighting Chance - Editor
Gateways to Newark - Associate Producer & Editor
React - Associate Producer
American Sueño - Associate Producer & Editor
It's been 20 years since the New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened it's doors in 1997. Over that time, NJPAC has become a one of America's premiere institutions for not only the performing arts, but a leader in arts education, a cultural hub for the local community, and a center point for civic engagement. As the arts center continues to grow it also brings new opportunities to it's home in Newark, NJ.
Talking Eyes Media produced this piece for the 20th Anniversary Gala.
Editor: Stephanie Khoury
Metamorphosis is the story of Evan, a nine-year old with autism. Autistic children have sensory integration issues that make daily tasks difficult and daunting. This documentary focuses on the use of therapeutic riding as a means of sensory regulation. The benefits of therapeutic riding offers hope to children dealing with Autism.
Official Selection of the 2015 Awareness Film Festival
Finalist for the College Television Awards
In addition to traditional documentary film, I’ve worked on several pieces that push the medium that provides more authority to the viewer as they interact with the stories available.
The Arrivals Booth is an audio and photo booth where visitors share their stories about they and their families came to the United States. First unveiled at Photoville 2017, our booth has collected over 500 stories so far.
Brick by Brick is another interactive created for Newest Americans that explores the work of several Rutgers-Newark student’s and their glass sculptures derived from the oral histories of Lusophone migrants to Newark.
The Heising-Simons Foundation, based in Los Altos, CA, works with its numerous partners towards sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enabling groundbreaking research in science, enhancing the educations of young learners, and supporting human rights of all people.
Talking Eyes Media produced two videos about the first winners of the prize, Jaeah Lee and Valeria Fernández. To learn more about the fellowship, the fellows and their projects visit hsfoundation.org/prize.
While at Talking Eyes Media, I worked on the James Irvine Award videos. In 2017, I was an Associate Producer and Editor for the project where I conducted pre-interviews, scheduled shoots, and managed media for post-production as well as archives. Myself and another editor completed 7 videos in total and the three videos below were I edited. I also worked on the project as an editor in 2016, with those videos below.
All videos produced by Talking Eyes Media.
A sample of my documentary camera work from projects such as Metamorphosis, Impressions, Beyond the Border, and Day Clean.
Knowledge of C100 MKI & MKII, Cannon 5D MK III, GH4, and Nikon DSLRs.
Below are three videos I was hired to edit for Talking Eyes Media.
Ryan Woods is a 6-year-old boy who loves horses, superheroes, the bible and his family. At 18 months Ryan was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. A neurological condition, Cerebral Palsy effects motor skills and muscle coordination, making the simplest tasks more difficult for him. Meet Ryan combines text and video to share his story and show how the benefits of therapeutic riding for children like Ryan.
This video was created for Kali's Klubhouse in preparation for their Ryan's Superhero 5K and 1K. Meet Ryan was shared online to introduce Ryan, increased runner participation, and highlight the work of Kali's Klubhouse.
2015 Official Selection, National Film Festival for Talented Youth
2015 Audience Award, the Human Race, NFFTY
Director of Photography: Steph Khoury & Bill Hurley
Director: Kaley Belval, Eric Cotton, Nina Lindberg.
Communication is often taken for granted, but it is what 13-year-old Alexis and four-year-old Oliver struggle with every day. Both children are nonverbal and cannot sign with their hands due to disorders that create a lack of muscle control. The documentary follows the children as they learn how to use various forms of assistive technology to communicate with their clinicians and family members.
2013 Winner, Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship at the College Television Awards
Official Selection of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival,
Official Selection of the CSWE 2013 Virtual Film Festival
Aired on WCNY
Received funding from the James B. Pendelton Student Research and Production Grant,
Winner of the Imprint Magazine Contest,
A short BMX edit to Roses by Chainsmokers, featuring Christopher Pierson.