It's known as the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of a band of Jewish rebels and their final stand against the Roman Army. The siege of Masada, recorded nearly 2,000 years ago by Jewish military leader Flavius Josephus, is more than a tale of resistance against impossible odds. It's part of the founding narrative of Israel. But how much of it is true? We take a look at the events that inspired the CBS television miniseries "The Dovekeepers" and go to the site of the mountain fortress itself, uncovering new truths about this epic conflict.
You can catch it April 18 and April 23 on the Smithsonian Channel.
JWM Productions is proud to announce the premiere of its series "Bandit Patrol" on NatGeo Wild. The series kicks off on January 17th at 10P Eastern and 9P Central and showcases a community of animal rehabilitators in Western Kentucky. They're on the front lines of animal rescue and rehab, on call 24/7 to take in and take care of orphaned and injured wildlife until they're ready to be released.
Join the "Bandit Patrol" conversation on Twitter: #BanditPatrol
Dallas Jewish Film Festival
Sunday, September 8th at 2pm
Youngstown Jewish Film Festival
Sunday, October 6th at 1:30pm
Jewish Eye Film Festival
October 6th - 10th
UK Jewish Film Festival
October 31st - November 17
Holocaust Center Kristallnacht Memorial
Sunday, November 3rd at 12:30pm
For more information, please visit the official website:
JWM is proud to contribute this one-hour film to PBS's weeklong series devoted to addressing the Newtown school shootings. "The Path to Violence," narrated by Sam Waterston, reveals the surprising story of a school that thwarted a killing spree and explores the ground-breaking work of a small group of experts who believe the terrifying attacks on our schools can be stopped. Tune in, Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 10 PM EST on PBS.
Tune in to Discovery on Sunday, Feb. 24th from 8pm – 11pm EST to catch the premiere of SILVER RUSH. JWM’s new three-part series - narrated by Mike Rowe - tells the story of the greatest deep-sea treasure quest of all time. The series takes viewers on board Odyssey’s flagship, the Odyssey Explorer, as it launches its most audacious operation yet...and then brings the treasure home.
2pm: 101 Objects that Changed the World
4pm: 101 Fast Foods that Changed the World
6pm: 101 Gadgets that Changed the World
8pm: 101 Inventions that Changed the World
After a successful run on Discovery, “Ghost Town Gold” has its Destination America premier January 1st. The series follows two modern day explorers, Brit Eaton and Scott Glaves, as they track down priceless treasures of the Old West. From 19th century denim jeans to Wild West weaponry, railroad relics to cowboy collectibles, Brit and Scott are always on the prowl to turn what looks like rusty junk into the one collectible that everyone loves – cash. Part history buffs, part pickers, Brit and Scott visit old ghost towns, abandoned mining camps and industrial graveyards in search of treasured ruins from the days of boom and bust. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
"BESA: The Promise" takes home the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Washington Jewish Film Festival!
This month, don't miss “Besa: The Promise” as it makes its way to three more cities:
Tuesday, February 12th @ 5:40PM
Mizel Arts & Culture Center
350 S. Dahlia St, Denver CO 80246
PLUS Q&A with Producer Bill Morgan after the screening!
Thursday, February, 14th @ 3:30PM
801 Carteret St. Beaufort, SC
PLUS Q&A with Producer/Editor Christine Romero after the screening!
Monday, February 18th @ 8:00PM
Tuesday, February 19th @ 2:55PM
Lefont Sandy Springs
100-152 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atlanta GA
PLUS Q&A with Producer Bill Morgan after the screening!
“Besa: The Promise” is JWM’s first feature length documentary centered around the touching story of a Muslim Albanian man that must fulfill a promise made to the Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust.
For updates on screenings in your area be sure to stay connected with Besa at besathepromise.com
JWM Production's six part series "Ghost Town Gold" will premiere on Discovery Channel on Thursday, November 15th at 10 PM ET/PT. "Ghost Town Gold" follows two modern day explorers, Brit Eaton and Scott Glaves, as they track down priceless treasures of the Old West. From 19th century denim jeans to Wild West weaponry, railroad relics to cowboy collectibles, Brit and Scott are always on the prowl to turn what looks like rusty junk into the one collectible that everyone loves– cash. Part history buffs, part pickers, Brit and Scott visit old ghost towns, abandoned mining camps and industrial graveyards in search of treasured ruins from the days of boom and bust.
Join the Ghost Town Gold conversation on Twitter: #GhostTownGold
JWM Production's is proud to announce that "Frontier Earth Presented By Wal-Mart" will premiere on Animal Planet on Tuesday, November 13th at 8 PM EST. This six-episode series closely examines some of the planet’s most elusive animals, their distinctive habitats and their unique methods of survival. Animal Planet's apex predator expert/zoologist, Dave Salmoni, guides viewers on intimate journeys to the frontlines of major ecosystems and the animals that inhabit them. "The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales" kicks off the series, and Salmoni introduces Dr. Ingrid Visser, the driven and passionate killer whale expert who is one of the few to ever research these massive marine mammals underwater without the protection of shark cages. In the series premiere, Dr. Visser navigates the New Zealand waters, locating an extraordinary bank of shark and ray hunting orcas that are on the critically endangered list.
Follow host Dave Salmoni and keep up with Frontier Earth updates @davesalmoni on Twitter!
More Episodes to Come:
Jungle Gremlins of Java - Airs November 20th
Empire of the Killer Queen - Airs November 27th
The Dragon's Bite - Airs December 4th
Tiger's New Dynasty - Airs December 11th
The Lemur's Lament - Airs December 18th
In addition to sold out screenings and excellent reviews, we are proud to announce that "Besa: The Promise" made the cover of the Aspen Times!
CHECK OUT: "Besa: The Promise" @ the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis! Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 3:30pm Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5:30pmThursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:30pm Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1:45pmProducer, Bill Morgan will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screenings!
"Besa: The Promise" will be screened at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Georgetown on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5pm to honor Norman Gershman with the Building Bridges Award. (Screening for invited guests only)
STAY TUNED for more screening times as "Besa" makes its way through both national and international film festivals!
JWM is proud to announce the continuation of its wildly successful 101 list series. Four two-hour specials will premiere on History's sister network, H2.
Besa: The Promise is the incredible story of Albanian Muslims who saved nearly 2,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Told through the images of photographer Norman Gershman - and in the words and deeds of the people who lived it -Besa: The Promise is the last great untold story of World War II.
TRT: 86 minutes, (2012)
Update: JWM Productions is proud to announce the world premiere of its documentary feature, BESA: The Promise, at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and largest film festival of its kind. Screenings will be held on July 29, 30 and August 6th. Please visit the film's official website to learn more and purchase tickets: http://besathepromise.com/screenings.html
JWM is producing the six-part series, "Frontier Earth," for Animal Planet. Animal Planet’s large predator expert, Dave Salmoni, hosts a series of eye-popping natural history stories. Viewers embark on a Salmoni-guided journey to the frontlines of major ecosystems, unfolding the plights of the world’s most enigmatic animals. Stay tuned for air dates!
JWM Productions is proud to announce that "Treasure Quest II" is currently in production for the Discovery Channel. This three-part series follows the adventures of Odyssey Marine Exploration as they mine the sea for history's greatest ship wrecks and their lost treasures. In this installment, the crew is braving the high seas, salvaging three unique wrecks, in hopes of uncovering priceless artifacts and more than a billion dollars in silver and gold. Stay tuned for air dates!
JWM Production's primetime special, "Stolen Gold: Battle for the Black Swan Treasure" premiered on Sunday March 4th on the Discovery Channel. JWM's exclusive access to this story began at the very moment this half-billion dollar treasure was discovered and continued over the course of four years until the moment that Odyssey Marine Exploration, the world's leading shipwreck treasure exploration company, was forced to return every last piece-of-eight it had recovered to the Spanish Crown.
JWM Productions is proud to announce that its first 3D series, The Ancient Life will air on 3net, the 24/7 3D network, this Sunday, October 9th @ 9P ET/PT
Join our host and adventurer - Brit Eaton - on his quest to unravel some of the biggest secrets of the ancient world. Brit's made his living exploring the abandoned mines and ghost towns of the old West. Now, he's traveling the globe to investigate the greatest icons of antiquity and the mysteries that still surround them.
In the premiere episode, Brit heads to Egypt to uncover the last unrevealed secret of the Great Pyramid: the Judgement Chamber.
The Ancient Life is one of the most ambitious 3D undertakings in all of television history. Shot worldwide in six countries on four continents and featuring state-of the art 3D animation, viewers can now experience lost civilizations in a whole new way.
3net is available on DIRECTV Channel 107
If you have anaglyph 3D glasses (red/blue 3D glasses), check out these pictures!
JWM Productions is pleased to announce that Mr. Philip Glass will be composing the score for our feature documentary, Besa: The Promise.
Philip Glass. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8—Glass’ latest symphonies—along with Waiting for the Barbarians, an opera based on the book by J.M. Coetzee, premiered in 2005. In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including Book of Longing (Luminato Festival) and an opera about the end of the Civil War entitled Appomattox (San Francisco Opera). The English National Opera, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera, performed Glass’ Satyagraha in London, April 2007, and the Metropolitan Opera presented the work in April 2008. Glass’ latest opera Kepler premiered with the Landestheater Linz, Austria in September 2009 and is currently working on an opera about Walt Disney that will premiere at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2013.
His Symphony #9 was completed in 2011 and will be premiered in Linz, Austria in January 1, 2012 by the Bruckner Orchestra with a U.S. premiere in New York at Carnegie Hall on January 31, 2012 as part of the composer's 75th birthday celebration. Symphony #10 has been completed this spring and will receive its European premiere in France in the summer of 2012.
Besa: The Promise TRT: 86 mins (2012)
JWM Production's two-hour special "101 Gadgets That Changed the World" will be premiering this Wednesday, June 15th, on History at 9 PM Eastern and 6 PM Pacific. Special thanks to Popular Mechanics Magazine whose members generated the list, appeared in the show and curated the guests!