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Leah Wolchok

Leah Wolchok

Documentary Film and Video

About

Leah Wolchok grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to the Bay Area in 1999 after a brief stint writing textbooks in Taiwan. While living in San Francisco, she created an animated series about science for teenage girls and produced three short documentary segments for Oxygen TV. Most recently, she worked as an associate producer on a series for the Travel Channel and an hour-long documentary about industrial design for Discovery. She graduated from Yale with a BA in English.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2005

City of Mermaids

digital video

JUNE, 2005
VIDEO DURATION: 15 MIN.
City of Mermaids is the story of preserving Florida kitsch, told through three generations of mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs.  The film traces the rise and fall of an underwater theme park eclipsed by Disney and now struggling to survive.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Short Documentary, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2006
Best Short Documentary, Coney Island Film Festival, 2005
Finalist, Best Student Film, Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2006
Finalist, Best Short Documentary, Atlanta Film Festival, 2006
Semi-Finalist, Angelus Awards, 2005
Florida Film Festival, 2006
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2005
Austin Film Festival, 2005
Sarasota Film Festival, 2006
Santa Fe Film Festival, 2005
River Run Film Festival, 2006
San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, 2006
Alaska Ocean Film Festival, 2006
Savannah Ocean Film Festival, 2006
Vail Film Festival, 2006
Jacksonville Film Festival, 2006
Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, 2006
Connecticut Film Festival, 2006
BendFilm Festival, 2005
Neuse Riverkeeper Film Festival, 2007
Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival, 2007

Living to Work

16mm color film

JUNE, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 9:02 MIN.

About

A visual meditation on the American obsession with overworking.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Artistic Vision Award, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2006
Best Short Film, Frontier Airlines, 2005
Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival, 2005
Rooftop Film Summer Series, 2006
San Francisco Independent Film Fiestival, 2005
Boulder International Film Festival, 2005
BIFF Best of Shorts, 2005
Jacksonville Film Festival, 2005
D.C. Labor Film Festival, 2005
Alternative Visions, Pacific Film Archive, 2005
Montclair Emerging Artists Film Festival, 2006
Take Back Your Time Conference, Loyola University, 2005

Worth Saving

digital video

Co-directed by Gretchen Hildebran
MARCH, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 10 MIN.
Worth Saving explores a groundbreaking public health program in San Francisco that trains drug users to rescue each other from overdose. The film follows two drug users through the DOPE training and beyond, as they save lives and bring hope to their communities.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

First Place, Film Festival at the 17th International Harm Reduction Conference, 2006
HBO's Frame by Frame – Documentary film series, San Francisco, 2004
Home Street Home Gala Fundraiser for the Coalition on Homelessness , San Francisco, 2004
HypeFest Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2004
"In the Streets" - Street Theater Festival, San Francisco,  2004

Kosher Cop

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 3:28 MIN.
It's all about fire, water, and unlimited cell phone minutes. Kosher Cop explores the hectic life of a Berkeley rabbi who kosherizes restaurants and production plants throughout Northern California.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Special Mention, Sonoma Valley Film Festival, 2004
Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, 2004
Johns Hopkins Film Festival, 2004
First Look Student Film Festival, 2004
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2004
Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2004
Nashville Jewish Film Festival, 2004
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2004
Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival (PDX), 2004
Jacksonville Film Festival, 2004
Napa Valley Jewish Food Festival, 2004
Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, 2005
Seattle Jewish Film Festival, 2005
KidsFest Park City, 2005
Rochester Jewish Film Festival, 2005
USC Jewish Student Film Festival