FOLLOWING FANIA - A Documentary in Process

Hi friends,

In 2019, I met 97-year-old Holocaust survivor Fania Brantsovsky while traveling to Vilnius, Lithuania, on The Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship. On a hot afternoon in a Soviet-style apartment, I looked directly into her piercing blue eyes as she shared stories of survival as a Jewish resistance fighter—a partisan.

The time spent with Fania was brief, but the impact was indelible. When I returned home, I knew I had to bring these little-known stories of Jewish resistance to light—specifically, stories of Jewish female resistance. I knew I had to spend more time with Fania, in order to share a nuanced portrayal of her experience.

My goal was to return sooner than later, but the world had other plans. The pandemic hit, and the world has become a more chaotic and unsafe place. Now, almost three years later, I am returning to Vilnius this August, in less than a month, to meet with Fania, who is 100 years old.

There are very few Holocaust survivors remaining—globally.
The clock is ticking.

We have a small amount of grant money from the non-profits Reboot and Yiddishkayt, but we need additional funds to capture the footage required to create this lasting piece of history—and to tell more of Fania's important story.

Donations will go directly toward equipment rentals and costs associated with the filming. Any donation is greatly appreciated, and no amount is too small.

Please feel free to reach out for more information or with any questions.
Thank you so much for your support!

-Lisa

Lisa Kenner Grissom
Co-Director / Producer

Christa P. Whitney
Co-Director / Producer

Noam Dromi
Executive Producer / Reboot Studios

Emily Felder
Director of Photography / Editor

Clare Fester
Associate Producer
  • Josh Levine 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Emily Davy 
    • $200 
    • 3 d
  • Anna Mathias 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Julienne La Fleur 
    • $200 
    • 19 d
  • Francesca Rollins 
    • $40 
    • 20 d
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Organizer

Lisa Kenner Grissom 
Organizer
Los Angeles, CA