Pass The Matzoh

  • David Levin
    Director
    Bed Buds
  • David Levin
    Writer
  • David Levin
    Producer
  • Renée Taylor
    Key Cast
    "Mitzie"
    The Nanny, The Producers
  • Michele Greene
    Key Cast
    "Andrea"
    L.A. Law
  • Frederick Stroppel
    Story Editor
    Harvest Time
  • Joe Deninzon
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 53 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director - David Levin
Director Statement

During my career, I've been lucky enough to work in television, working with icons and creating unscripted content. But during Covid, I pivoted back to my first aspiration, scripted narratives.

It occurred to me that musicians were creating concerts in their living rooms.  Comedians were doing stand-up in their bathrooms. Talk shows coming from basements and garages. But production of scripted content had come to a virtual standstill.

I owned equipment that allowed me to record (this was before zoom) video calls from Skype or FaceTime - and isolate the audio and video feeds - and I thought - this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do what I originally aspired to - and maybe even do some good.

So on the first Saturday of the stay home orders way back in March of 2020, I called a few friends and colleagues, writers, actors and directors basically said ‘I have an iphone. Let’s put on a show.’ Some of the actors were people I hardly knew - but I was stunned and thrilled when so many said yes!

We saw it as a grass-roots operation. With studios and networks shut down, we thought ”We’re stuck at home. Let’s have some fun. Be creative. Donate our proceeds to The Actors Fund. And hopefully put a smile on people’s faces.”

By that Tuesday, we had shot our first episode with Barry Bostwick and Yvonne Jung, TOOTH-FAIRIES IN QUARANTINE, by Kurt Fried - his very first produced script.
In the weeks that followed, with no budget, five writers and twenty actors, we produced ten original one-act plays - which ran weekly on YouTube. Each episode is fully scripted, spotlighting two characters conversing about their lives during that unprecedented situation, communicating over Facetime, Skype and a new thing called Zoom.