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PINSKY is a story about finding your chosen family and forgiving the one you're born into.


Your well-deserved update!

Dear Friends,

Have you wondered what’s been going on with us for the last few months?

The answer: a lot.

Larisa Popova as Marina

Larisa Popova as Marina

As many of you know movie-making can take a long time. Three generations of family members might come and go, but movies live on forever... in post-production. Thankfully, Pinsky is almost picture locked and will be ready for festival submissions by the end of the summer.

So what has to happen by then? How far away from a final cut are we?  

We’ve recorded new narration that we're adding to contextualize the film for non-Russian/non-Jewish viewers. In order to get that narration, we needed more funds (what else is new?) and we turned to COJECO, a central hub for Russian Jewish speaking artists, to help us. We received grant funding for the rest of post-production. Thank the good lord.

What have we learned? It doesn’t just take a village to make a movie, it takes multiple arts organizations, re-writes, re-edits, drunken nights crying on the floor, unconditional love from family, self-delusion, a critical eye and a lot of humility and endurance.

Needless to say, we cannot wait to show you Pinsky. The feedback based on our trailer has been so warm and motivating. One day, when it’s all over, we’ll be eating popcorn in a theater together, watching Rebecca crying on a toilet and thinking “so this is what took so long?”

Thanks for sticking with us. We can’t wait to make you laugh, cry and ultimately talk about something else other than Pinsky. New series idea that takes place in South Florida? Oh yeah, we’ve got it.


With lots of love,

Amanda and Rebecca

Amanda and Rebecca: Both extremely hard at work and extremely beautiful.

Amanda and Rebecca: Both extremely hard at work and extremely beautiful.

Get 2 Know: The Music Director

Our team is seriously excellent, and we want you to get acquainted with the sweethearts working tirelessly to bring Pinsky to you. This week, I have the pleasure of introducing to you...

Astrological sign: Aquarius (like the dawning of the age of)

Rising sign: I think it's Aquarius (?) according to a site I just read called "" (they did not pay me to say that) [ed. note: nor us, to ask that!]

Current favorite movie: Love and Mercy (and Pinsky!)

What animal best embodies your creative process? This is tough. I'd have to say a cross between a sloth and a wolf because It takes me a while to be inspired and work productively, but once I do, I become honnnngray. 

Is there any new music coming out that you think is particularly exciting? There's a whole crew coming out of Lisbon, a label called Príncipe Discos. They have this Afro-Portuguese-Electronic sound and their best artist is Nidia Minaj - she's only 17!! The band Leningrad - who we feature a lot in the film- is a riotous group out of Russia. I also love the sisters of A-Wa, this Israeli-Yemenite band that blends traditional Yemenite music with electronic music so well. 

Which musicians' influences do you think can be heard in your work? I have solid influences, but I don't think you can hear them in my work. I tend to have serious obsessive phases in music with several different eras and genres, but I always seem to come back to the music I grew up with. I bow down to Kate Bush the Qween (she deserves her own sentence). I love Sade, Peter Gabriel  (his solo work), Annie Lennox, Brian Eno, Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Mulatu Astatke, Serge Gainsbourg, Rachid Taha (and his French-Algerian punk bad, Carte Blanche), DJ Mehdi (RIP), Ornella Vanoni, Jorge Ben Jor, and the heavenly Astrud Gilberto. 

Were you in marching band ever? If yes, omg tell us more and give me a pic. If no, really, are you sure? I wasn't in a marching band, but I was in the school jazz band playing the keys and if I was ever disruptive I would have to go to the adjacent field and run a lap - but since I don't run I would basically march. Does that count ?

What/who are your composing inspirations?  I look up to composers like Gonzalez, Dustin O'Halloran, Jon Brion, Brian Reitzell, Brian Eno... So a lot of Jons and Brians involved. Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis and Riyuchi Sakamoto are pretty versatile and make beautiful soundscapes. I also love projects like Franceso Tristano and Carl Craig, who mix classical piano composition with modern electronic music. 

Best snacks for the composing process: Trader Joe's Chile Spiced mango

How did you come to join the Pinsky team? Well, a long time ago, in a faraway land called college, REBECCA and I were an old Jewish couple named Deborah and Harry. We then travelled in time to become spirited young people with the divine ordinance to create this film. (Aka we met freshman year of college, bonded over our love of geriatric Jews, and then she asked me if I would do the music supervision/ composition for this script she wrote ... So I collaborated with her and bright Amanda and talented Sasha who plays piano and accordion on this film with her cute hot-dog dog and POOF!). 

What excites you about this project? The film's hilarity, being able to collaborate with my good friends, a story about a community that is fascinating and rarely portrayed in the media, and a female powered cast and crew. 

What advice do you have for aspiring composers and music directors out there? Keep working. Keep taking projects from friends and friends of friends and second cousins twice removed. Honestly, take that gig for the vacuum infomercial, consider it practice for other projects. Just put your work out there in as many manifestations as you can. 

Do you <3 Fran Drescher? Yes or Yes? I will answer this question with a snort-laugh, a-la Fran, followed by an "aaaaabsolutelyyy" in her signature voice. 


Thanks, Mandy! So excited to hear more from you... literally! lol.  Check out some of Mandy's other work here:

Get 2 Know: The Editor

Welcome to our newest feature: Get 2 Know! Our team is seriously excellent, and we want you to get acquainted with the sweethearts working tirelessly to bring Pinsky to you. This week, I have the pleasure of introducing to you...

Astrological sign: Scorpio

Rising sign: I've never heard of this, but apparently I am: 5°44' Aquarius

Current favorite movie: Short Term 12

What animal best embodies your creative process?  Pug

What/who are your editing inspirations?  Any editing that gets out of the way of the story.  Also a lot of teen dramas growing up.

Best editing snacks: Chex mix

How did you come to join the Pinsky team?  Amanda and Rebecca are old childhood friends!

What excites you about this project? The opportunity to work on a feature length film (it's my first), and working closely with people I've known for a long time.

What advice do you have for aspiring editors out there?  Take on many different types of projects, especially documentary style.  Learning how to write a story within the limitations of someone else's words is invaluable experience.

Do you <3 Fran Drescher? Yes or Yes?  She had style, she had flair, she was there, that's how she became the Nanny.


Thanks, Danny! Now back to work! Find out more about Danny's other pursuits under

The poster is here!

Dearest Pinsky friends!

We are so proud to present to you today: the official Pinsky movie poster! Feast your eyes!

Austin-based designer Natalia Sifuentes is the talent behind our fantastic movie poster!

Austin-based designer Natalia Sifuentes is the talent behind our fantastic movie poster!

Designer Natalia Sifuentes brilliantly plays on visual and character themes from the film, which makes the poster especially meaningful. Maggie McDonald's font-work adds such a wonderful structure to the image, too! We're just so pleased with our poster, kids. Gosh.

Share away! Post it wherever you feel! Get stoked! Pinsky is getting ever closer to consumability by you!

If you want to check out more of Natalia's work, please do!

We dig the poster. And we dig you.



Pinsky Pick-Ups Part 2: Road warriors

Hello, gentle readers!

In supporting Pinsky, you are an integral part of the film making process for us. You may wonder to yourself what the process is like day-to-day. Well. There is certainly some of this...

... in between very intense hours of focus, emotional exertion, communication, and artistic struggle...

... and moments of deep creative and personal connection.

The film is another draft closer to being finished, and every time we write to you here, we've made critical changes and improvements. Thanks, always and forever, for being part of the family. We're so excited to have you along for the ride.



Pick-Ups are underway!

Before we can perfect the film, we've gotta shoot a few more bits of footage. A very small team of dedicated professionals is on their way, doing just that, right now. What does it look like when our stalwart director, star, and directory of photography head to work at the ungodly hours of night called for by a grueling shoot schedule?

They are wild and they are ready.

Go forth, Pinsky Pick-Ups Crew, go forth and prosper! Soon the missing pieces for the final cut of the film will be gathered, and we'll be that much closer to seeing Pinsky in its full glory! Stay tuned for more updates from the field.



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Our editing process is the most photogenic editing process

You may imagine that film editors grow pale and weary in their dark caves with only their computer screens... Not so in Pinskyworld: Look at how bushy-tailed our editor Danny and director Amanda are even this far into the process! #oureditingprocessisthemostphotogeniceditingprocess

The film is assembled and the rhythm of the story is evolving Pokemon-like, ever closer to its final form. No wonder they look so cute.


Stay tuned for more post-production eye-candy,


Pinsky was created with the support of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship, funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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