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Mushrooms- from Songs of an Immigrant

Mushrooms was based on a poem written by the late Betty Karon Hertz and set to music by her grand daughter Ruth Hertz Weber so that the story of her impoverished childhood in Russia, her daring escape during the Bolshevik Revolution ,and her life as a Jewish immigrant in the US could be memorialized. Betty's great grand daughter, Emilia Lopez-Yañez is the singer/oboist.

  • Ruth Hertz Weber
  • Ruth Hertz Weber
  • Ruth Hertz Weber
  • Emilia Mari Lopez-Yanez
    Key Cast
  • Ruth Hertz Weber
    Supporting Cast
  • George Varghese
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Other
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Ruth Hertz Weber

RUTH WEBER holds a Bachelor of Music degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. She is presently the Applied Music Coordinator and adjunct faculty member at Palomar College and teaches piano, theory, music history and accompanying at Palomar and S.D. Miramar Colleges.

Ms. Weber has served as Artistic director/conductor of the Bilboard Charting San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir for over 10 years. During this time the group recorded 3 award winning albums under her direction and went on two tours. The group performs 20-30 concerts per year, has also made television appearances on the Chabad Telethon, and Jewish Life T.V., and has appeared as a guest choir on several other albums including Grammy Award winning artists Ricky Kej’s Shanti Samsara album, and Mister G’s Mitzvah Bus album.
Ruth has appeared internationally as a pianist/accompanist. She has worked as an accompanist/coach with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Opera Aguascalientes, CSUN, The San Fernando Valley Men’s Choir, as a recording artist with the Marantz Pianocorder Division, as Artistic Director for two operas produced by Jean Will Presents, and is presently the Music Director at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido. Under Ruth’s direction, and with her choral arrangements, the churches Disciple Singers were featured on the UNESCO World Peace album, "Action Moves People United" alongside Allan White, from YES and actor Dan Aykroyd.

Ms. Weber is also an accomplished songwriter whose music has won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Global Peace Song Awards, the Shalshelet Music Festival, and Grand Prize in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, to name a few. Her compositions have appeared on CD recordings in film scores, and in print music with Alfred Music and Hal Leonard Music/Transcontinental Music Publishing. Companies. In 2019 she served as a choral arranger /conductor for the soundtrack of the feature film One Little Finger, and symphonic arrangements of some of her songs have been performed by several major symphonies including the Omaha, Virginia, Rochester and Nashville Symphonies.

Ms. Weber and her daughter, Emilia Lopez-Yañez, make up the mother/daughter children’s duo Ruth and Emilia. The duo has made two west coast tours, and their two kids albums have garnered numerous awards including the prestigious Parent’s Choice Award, Mom’s Choice GOLD Award, Creative Child Magazine’s Children’s Album of the Year Award, and the NAPPA Award. The duo’s newest Contemporary Folk album, “I Had a Dream-Songs of an Immigrant” released in November 2021 and was recorded during the pandemic.
Ms. Weber is a member of ASCAP and is a voting Grammy member.

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Director Statement

When I was growing up we would listen to my grandmother read the poems she had written about her life. One day, when we asked her to read them to us, we learned she had burned her entire book of poetry after one of the other residents in her senior living facility told her they weren't good. We were horrified and had her rewrite as many as she could recall. It has long been my desire to set the poems to music and film them in an effort to preserve the legacy of her story for future generations. This is one of those poems.