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Concept Art. A draft of our proposed movie poster.
The ‘Experience Eretz Zion!’ van, a fictional Israel trip.
GIVATI, inspired by actual events, is the world’s first major motion picture about present-day IDF soldiers in combat.
We are creating dozens of jobs in Israel by filming GIVATI on-location.
Your donation will help launch this amazing new movie.
This is a story that we look forward to sharing with the entire world via on-demand movie streaming services.
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A group of 8 American 20-somethings visit Israel for their first time on a trip called ‘Experience Eretz Zion!’ One of the travelers makes Aliyah and goes to war.
This 2-hour film, set in the near future, follows Sara Cohen: an orphan adopted by Jewish parents, who buys her one-way ticket to Israel at age 21. She discovers an exceptional new homeland and finds her reason to fight. GIVATI is a hero’s journey that combines moving Israeli drama with large-scale military action; like Live and Become (2005) meets Black Hawk Down (2002). Its military scenes are based on recent conflicts in Lebanon and Gaza. The final version of our script is still in development and subject to rewrite. GIVATI will be Rated R for adult content.
‘The startup nation’ is an amazing, successful, productive country with over 4,000 years of history. See it yourself! A record 3.6 million foreign tourists visited Israel in 2017. But achieving this was very difficult. On Israel’s Independence Day in 1948, the world’s only Jewish-majority country was invaded by hostile armies. Holocaust survivors faced mass-murder for a second time, but they took up arms, and miraculously won the war. Israel has been repeatedly attacked by its neighbors ever since. The Israeli Army (IDF) has had to operate in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan and Uganda. Many of these conflicts continue today.
Now is the time to honor our brave IDF men and women by telling their story.
Our protagonist knows very little about Israel and has never been before; later, she becomes an Israeli soldier, who serves in combat. This actually happens. There are an estimated 3,000 foreign-born service members currently in the IDF – who have moved to Israel, become new Israeli citizens, and have no family support. They are called Lone Soldiers.
GIVATI is advised by several Lone Soldiers and IDF combat veterans.
REALLY FILMED IN ISRAEL
While several other directors have filmed in the USA, Europe or South America and pretended that it’s Israel – GIVATI is actually made here! We explore the real Israel. Our movie features real Israeli actors, settings, music, food and culture. Our IDF scenes show real Israeli gear, training, vehicles, aircraft, weapons and tactics.
Director Justin Brewer is a US Army combat veteran turned filmmaker. Originally from New York, he now lives in Israel. After his 2011 deployment to Afghanistan, Sgt. Brewer decided to end his military career in pursuit of becoming a screenwriter and director. He has now been in the business for 5 years and contributed to multiple film projects, including feature length documentaries with companies such as: National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and more.
Executive Producer Ben Sassoon is from Massachusetts where he leads the Boston division of X-Mode Energy Shots On Tap. He is a 2013 GWU graduate who studied military history, literature and film. Ben has also taken acting/drama classes throughout his life and repeatedly played the sci-fi villain Comrad O’Brien on stage in 1984. Ben started writing a novel inspired by his adventures around Israel, then after he connected with Justin and IDF veterans, it developed into an exceptional Israeli-American war story. As the Founder of PilotBooster TV Studios, Ben has co-authored and published several creative new stories in e-book format, each currently in development as a TV show or movie.
Executive Producer Ami Horowitz lives in New York. He is a graduate of The University of Southern California and worked as an investment banker for 13 years. Ami is Israeli-American, fluent in Hebrew, and highly knowledgeable about the Middle East. He launched his new career as a director, producer and author in 2007. Ami has been widely syndicated and interviewed worldwide. He’s an irreverent media personality; Ami’s edgy satirica and politically relevant videos have been seen over 250 million times in nearly every country on Earth and covered by every major international media outlet including: CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, MSNBC, Time Magazine, Fox News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, BBC, The LA Times, The Today Show, Good Morning America, This Week, Meet the Press, ABC Nightly News, NBC Nightly News, CBS Nightly News, Vanity Fair, The Associated Press, The Howard Stern Show, The Chicago Sun Times, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Forbes, the Guardian, Le Monde, ARD (German Public Broadcaster), and many many others.
Producer and Military Adviser IDF Captain DoubleTapper lives in Israel with his family. He joined the Givati Brigade, infantry unit in 1986 and served in combat in Gaza. Now he works in security, marketing and media for several Israeli clients, while also commanding a counter-terrorism unit in the IDF Reserve. His Israeli military blog ‘DoubleTapper’ has millions of fans worldwide.
WHEN CAN I SEE IT?
As soon as it is ready, GIVATI will be available to subscribers for free / included via major movie streaming platforms. This is very important to us because a $6 rental fee might dissuade someone from watching our movie.
The planned release date is December 2019.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
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—The creators of ‘Givati: An Israeli-American War Story’