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My name is Ezriel Gelbfish and I'm the writer-director of an Instagram film called Yosef: Queen of Dreams. Can I tell you a little about it? The story follows an Orthodox Jewish youth named Yosef who makes a technicolor 'bekishe' (Hasidic gabardine) and posts about it on Instagram, leading to him getting disowned by his family and community. Weathering homelessness and the depth of self-harm, Yosef must find the strength to live his authentic life as he ascends to become Queen of the nightclub House of Egypt.
 
To see more about the film, follow @yosef.dreams on Instagram. The film will be released exclusively on that app, much like the recent Holocaust Instagram account @Eva.Stories. As someone who is personally LGBT and Orthodox, I found that reconciling the tension between my identities was challenging. But creating art and expressing myself through Instagram helped me find a unique synthesis of the backgrounds I come from. On social media, boys can wear makeup, girls can overcome haters, and everyone can connect with their chosen communities. 
 
Please consider donating what you can to this project. We've already raised half our budget via a $10,000 grant from the NY Mayor's Office. But we can't complete our shoot without an additional $10,000. This project will total 15 minutes of content, all of which require paying design collaborators, renting locations and equipment, buying costumes, sets, makeup, and much more. We hope you can help us bring this important story to life. 
 
Sincerely, 
Ezriel Gelbfish 
Writer-director, Yosef Queen of Dreams
 

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