Staying creative in quarantine.
Excited to share that my impromptu series, Quarantine, I Love You, will take part in Sundance's Beyond Film program as a project of mama.film, one of Sundance's satellite partners for this year's 2021 festival.
Quarantine, I Love You is a collection of short, interconnected conversations that take place on zoom. They explore major events happening on the national stage by zooming into small, personal moments.
The idea for this project came out of a desire to stay creative in quarantine, and the need for a flexible, malleable film format that could speak to the moment in the medium of our times.
Season 2 of QILY received is executive produced by Lela Meadow-Conner's mama.film and harvester arts, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. It deals more specifically with the 2020 election: the lead-up to it, and the aftermath.
Season 2 stars: Ali Wentworth, Denis O'Hare, Sarah Steele, Jayne Houdyshell, Injoy Fountain, Littles, Michael Chernus, and Laura Gomez.
Season 1 stars: Jay O. Sanders, Geneva Carr, Ruffin Prentiss, Sarah Steele, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Arietta Austin
STRANGE LOVE tells the story of a sexually-repressed multi-lingual translator from New Jersey who must rescue humanity, from a group of international despots seeking world domination, by shutting down the earth’s electrical grid using her vagina.
Strange Love was a finalist in the second round for the 2020 Sundance Screenwriting Lab and the Middlebury Script Lab and was nominated for the 2020 WriteHer list by Marta Kauffman.
Sue is a sex-averse multi-lingual translator from New Jersey. Naz is an Iranian nuclear scientist and undercover spy struggling with gender identity. Sheila is a secretary from the Bronx in her almost-still-late-40’s who identifies as a MILF without children. Mama is a bright 11 year-old who broke out of foster care and now supports herself with a carrier-pigeon service. Together they must put an end to a dangerous plot: An international group of megalomaniacs, plan to detonate nuclear bombs across the world’s liberal strongholds in order to usher in a new era of brutal authoritarianism and good old fashioned values. This badass team must work together despite their differences to save humankind, reminding the world that you can put a pussy through nuclear armageddon, but you can't put a nuclear armageddon through a pussy.
Nitzan is a Brooklyn-based world traveler and filmmaker who enjoys delving into socially conscious comedy. After spending some quality time wearing a gas mask in a bomb shelter during the Gulf War in Israel at the age of six, she was ferried off to Los Angeles where she synthesized her fascination with geopolitics and her love of Hollywood into a still-active delusion that: yes, movies can make a difference.
Nitzan's most recent project has unfolded over the pandemic: QUARANTINE, I LOVE YOU, a collection of short, interconnected conversations that take place on Zoom. Featuring: Ali Wentworth, Denis O'Hare, Sarah Steele, Michael Chernus, Laura Gómez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jay O. Sanders, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Geneva Carr, Ruffin Prentiss, and others.
A SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO LIVING AND DYING, the first feature she wrote and co-created, is a hybrid of fiction and reality where Nitzan followed her own real-life pregnancy on film for 9 months within the setting of a fictional story. The film premiered at the Tallgrass Film Festival in October 2018 where it won the Excellence in the Art of Filmmaking Award. It has since screened in festivals across the US including at the River Run International Film Festival and Stony Brook International Film Festival.
Nitzan’s short, PERIOD PORTRAIT, a comic and provocative look at women’s reproductive cycles, won awards from the National Board of Review and New York Women in Film and Television, and screened at IFP Filmweek’s NextGenNYC series.
Nitzan was commissioned to direct a short documentary on GLORIA STEINEM the featured interviews with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Naomi Wolf, and Lisa Kron.
Her new project, STRANGE LOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO FUCK THE BOMB was a second round finalist for the 2020 Sundance Screenwriting Lab, Middlebury Screenwriting Lab, and Outfest Screenwriting Lab.
Nitzan is a proud member of Film Fatales, The Filmmakehers, and NY Women in Film and Television.
She is one of the founders of the Mothership Screenwriting Lab that works to provide the support network needed by mothers and caregivers in order for them to thrive creatively in their screenwriting careers.
A selection of Nitzan's work