Hello! The 10-minute short film “The Pirate Captain Toledano” will make its San Diego County premiere at the Oceanside International Film Festival in Oceanside, California on Monday, August 7 th 2017. The film is the world’s first cinematic depiction of Inquisition-era Jewish pirates in the Caribbean. We'd love it if you'd attend the screening, and share the screening info with your readers! More information is below, and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have!
Filmmaker Arnon Shorr’s vision for the film became possible after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Jewish crowdfunding site Jewcer.org. He shot the film in early December on two tall ships at The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California. Arnon was also able to find actors and a crew who had personal connections to the history behind the film, such as the film’s star, Stephen DeCordova, who is a descendant of Caribbean Jews.
The film features dialog and music in Ladino, historically-accurate replica props, and even an antique kiddush cup from Jamaica. The authenticity of the historic portrayals was overseen by a maritime historian from the Ocean Institute, as well as by Richard Rasner, leader of Clan Darksail, one of the oldest and largest troupes of pirate reenactors in the Southwest US. Moving and rare Ladino folk music, treasured and carefully crafted props, and the knowledge of one of the oldest and largest troupes of acting pirates in the Southwest US.
“The very fact that the phrase ‘Jewish pirate’ catches people by surprise is an indicator that this is a type of character that we need to see. It’s a reminder that Jews can share a cultural heritage with more than just Eastern Europe. It’s a reminder that a stereotype, whether it’s positive or negative, is still a stereotype”
Monday, August 7, 2017, roughly 8:30pm, at the Sunshine Brooks Theater.
For tickets and more information: www.osidefilm.org