Faye was a field producer on Election Day (POV 2008) and is currently a consulting producer on Judith Hefand's Cooked. She has traveled extensively to self-distribute Women of the Wall and facilitate workshops for young women and girls using A Good Uplift. Her work has screened on PBS and in festivals, universities, museums, conferences and community/political organizations in the U.S., Europe and Africa. She served on the steering committee of New Day Films, a cooperative of independent social issue media makers and is a member of the Jews, Religion and Media working group at NYU. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts and the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning. Her work has received support from the NY State Council on the Arts, the NY Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Funding Exchange, and the Puffin Foundation. She and her partner Jeremy Nacht are completing a project about organic farmers using still photography and audio recordings.
Films by Faye Lederman
How did Gus' Pickles, the abandoned Eldridge Street Synagogue, and Sammy's kosher-style steakhouse become fixtures in American Jews' attachment to New York City's Lower East Side? The New Old Country follows the journey of American Jews who flock from across the country in search of their grandparents' stories about growing up in the neighborhood. Their tourist travels reveal an intricate web of nostalgia, collective memory and the elusive nature of recorded history.
Feminism arrives at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, in the form of a women's prayer group started in 1989. Despite verbal and physical attack, these women continue fighting for the right to pray in this holy space, thereby testing the limits of and expanding the interpretations of Judaism in Israel. In May 2000 the group once again made international headlines when the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in their favor after an eleven year court case. This decision, however, dismantled only the legal barrier to their struggle, and not the cultural or societal ones barring their freedom of spiritual expression. Women of the Wall is a useful discussion tool to raise dialogue about issues of religious freedom, separation of religion and state, women's rights, women's status in religion, and civil disobedience.