With ten teams throughout the country, the Kraft Family Israel Football League is a thriving collective of disparate nationalities, religions, ages and skill levels all united with the goal of playing American Football in the Holy Land. This exploration of sport and culture will feature league founders, players, coaches and fans over the course of an entire season culminating in the big game, the 2012 Israel Bowl.
UNTITLED ISRAEL FOOTBALL PROJECT is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.
About the Director
David Hartstein left New York City for Austin, TX over a decade ago to pursue an MFA in film from The University of Texas. Since receiving his degree, David has been an Austin-based producer and director of feature films and commercials and an assistant director for hire. Perhaps you recognize him from the MTV show The Real World: Austin as a filmmaking teacher to the cast, but he hopes that you don’t. Immediately out of film school, David produced and directed ALONG CAME KINKY: TEXAS JEWBOY FOR GOVERNOR, a feature documentary chronicling Kinky Friedman’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign that premiered at SXSW 2009. He is the producer of THE HAPPY POET, a feature comedy that had its international premiere at the 67th Venice Film Festival. Most recently he was Co-Producer on Heather Courtney’s feature documentary, WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, a 2010 SXSW premiere with a national broadcast on PBS’s POV. David is also a lecturer in documentary filmmaking at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as assistant director on Geoff Marslett’s animated sci-fi comedy MARS, Kyle Henry’s FOURPLAY: TAMPA which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, in addition to several other features and short films.
David is currently producing and directing his UNTITLED ISRAEL FOOTBALL PROJECT, a feature documentary about the emergence of a ten team, American-style tackle football league in Israel.