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OUR STORY

The Jerusalem Prayer Project (JPP) has so far been self-funded by a combination of personal assets of its producers and modest donations from benefactors. To date, $50,000 and hundreds of hours of development, writing & editing time has been committed to create the presentation package; including promo video, original music, website design & maintenance, image licensing, and initial film production.

 

JPP officially launched December 10, 2016 with a multi-media fundraising event held at the Electric Lodge Theater, in Venice, CA. The night was a great success, breaking ground into the public arena of non-nonprofit funding. As a result of JPP’s initial fundraising push, Executive Producer Stephen L. Fiske and Director Robert Corsini raised sufficient funds to purchase camera equipment and to travel to Israel/Palestine for ten days of field production for their documentary ‘Warriors of the Heart’.

 

The journey documented several stories of grassroots peacemakers in the holy land, including that of -- 'Women Wage Peace', an Israeli and Palestinian women's movement developing new approaches towards resolving conflict in the region.  

Your contribution directly empowers the JPP team to continue its mission of promoting peace in the Holy Land and around the world through creative, mindful and prayerful action -- at a time when it is needed most. It empowers us in our ongoing production of emotive and inspiring stories like 'Women Wage Peace'. We need your help to bring these stories to light.

OUR STRATEGY

The Jerusalem Prayer Project (JPP) has so far been self-funded by a combination of personal assets of its producers and modest donations from benefactors. To date, $50,000 and hundreds of hours of development, writing & editing time has been committed to create the presentation package; including promo video, original music, website design & maintenance, image licensing, and initial film production.

 

JPP officially launched December 10, 2016 with a multi-media fundraising event held at the Electric Lodge Theater, in Venice, CA. The night was a great success, breaking ground into the public arena of non-nonprofit funding. As a result of JPP’s initial fundraising push, Executive Producer Stephen L. Fiske and Director Robert Corsini raised sufficient funds to purchase camera equipment and to travel to Israel/Palestine for ten days of field production for their documentary ‘Warriors of the Heart’.

 

The journey documented several stories of grassroots peacemakers in the holy land, including that of -- 'Women Wage Peace', an Israeli and Palestinian women's movement developing new approaches towards resolving conflict in the region.

Your contribution directly empowers the JPP team to continue its mission of promoting peace in the Holy Land and around the world through creative, mindful and prayerful action -- at a time when it is needed most. It empowers us in our ongoing production of emotive and inspiring stories like 'Women Wage Peace'. We need your help to bring these stories to light.

OUR STRATEGY

 

Phase One - 

  • Developed and produced online presentation package including; short promo video, original music and CD (“Flow”), website design, construction & maintenance, and image licensing
  • The JPP launch
  • Principal Photography of the JPP documentary, ‘Warriors of the Heart’ through field trip to Israel/PalestineCOMPLETED

 

Phase Two –  

  • Crowdfunding and fundraising events featuring screenings from the work in progress, focusing on Israeli/Palestinian organizations like 'Women Wage Peace' and others.
  • Continue production and post-production to complete the full-length documentary, and theatrical 'short' based in Jerusalem.
  • Ongoing operation of the JPP website and ‘Peace Portal’ development.
  • Solicit submissions for the 'Peace Portal' via social media platforms and direct outreach to networks of artists, activists, and creators to generate a creative multimedia dialogue and build JPP's online presence. 

Phase Three – 

  • Completion of the documentary and theatrical short. 
  • Marketing & promo, securing distribution deals for the release of JPP projects
  • Complete development, design, launch and operation of the Peace Portal

** A full business plan is available on request.

Jerusalem Prayer Project

Presents
The Documentary

Part 1: Women Wage Peace

The Jerusalem Prayer Project's documentary 'Warrriors of the Heart' tells the stories of peacemakers in the Holy Land. This is the first in a series of segments of the full-length documentary and is being released as it captures the essence of the women's movement we have witnessed
across the world this year

"Woman can bring us as one tribe as human beings together."
Huda Abuarquob

In February, JPP's founder Stephen Fiske and his producing partner, filmaker Robert Corsini, traveled to Jerusalem to begin field production work for the ‘Jerusalem Prayer Project’ documentary, "Warriors of the Heart, Peacemakers in the Holy Land."
A new facet of their documentary was born when they interviewed Huda Aboarquob in the town of Beit Jala in the West Bank. Huda is the regional Director of The Alliance for Middle East Peace, an umbrella organization of 106 peace groups. Huda became the central organizer of the massive Women’s March for Hope, which took place in October 2016 and went from Northern Israel to Jerusalem over the course of two weeks. It started with 19 women in the North and by the time it arrived in Jerusalem there were ten thousand strong. The march was the achievement of a burgeoning Israeli/Palestinian movement called, "Women Wage Peace."
When Stephen and Robert returned to Los Angeles and reviewed the footage they shot, they combined the Huda interview with Yael Deckelbaum’s stirring music video and with other footage of participants of the Women’s March for Hope. The piece jumped out as the most timely, inspiring and colorful segment. Realizing Huda's sentiments were being echoed by women around the world. and because of enthusiastic feedback from those who saw it as it was being edited,  Stephen and Robert and the JPP team decided to release the Women Wage Peace segment on its own merit, as the introductory piece of the “Warriors of the Heart” series.

Roots: Hanan & Ali team up for peace

The second segment in the "Warriors of the Heart" series focuses on Israeli settler Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, and Palestinian political activist Ali Abu Awad (once considered a terrorist by the state of Israel,) who are an unlikely team advocating for peace in the occupied territories of Palestine. The vast majority of Israeli ‘Settlers’ often live their entire lives without ever interacting with their Palestinian neighbors, with whom they literally share the very same land. They are physical neighbors divided by walls, religion, culture and politics. The idea of having a direct conversation between Palestinians and Israelis is as remote as peace itself in the Holy Land.

Warriors of the Heart, tracks Ali and Hanan’s gritty five-year journey, which includes their individual evolutions of reflection and self-discovery that led to the building of their Peace Center on Ali’s family land. Through their programs and workshops, they teach people including disenfranchised youth, principles of non-violence, positive interaction with one another and techniques for working through intractable cultural, political and religious differences.

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The ‘Peace Portal’ is an interactive multi-media platform designed for artists, dancers, photographers, musicians, poets and activists from around the world to help them extol the virtues of peace over war, non-violence over conflict and love over cynicism through video submissions of their work. Their stories are our stories. The ‘Peace Portal’ is about creating a space for this work and promoting peace-building and reconciliation through creative, non-violent action. 

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Jerusalem Prayer, currently in development, will be crafted to be a musical and visual depiction of harmony between the three Abrahamic faiths and a celebration of the rich diversity of this ancient city. Featuring local artists, dancers and every day people – the ‘Short’ is intended to set the tone and reinforce the broader peace building vision for JPP and will be submitted to festivals and integrated into our promotional and outreach presentations. Music for the both the ‘short’ and extended documentary has been produced, written, performed and recorded by Stephen Longfellow Fiske.

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“Flow” is based around Stephen’s melodic acoustic guitar style. “Jerusalem Prayer” is the lead cut of eight primarily instrument musical pieces on “Flow.” The nine minute melodic “Jerusalem Prayer” features Stephen on acoustic guitar and includes guest musicians Yuval Ron (oud), Evan Gavriel Fiske (percussion), Richard Hardy (flute), Jeff Breeh (bass), and Barry Fasman (string arrangements and keyboards). The singers include Stefani Valadez, Mitra Rahbar and Stephen. The CD includes seven other orchestrated instrumentals plus the concluding acapella vocal, Peace of Prayer, featuring Stephen and vocalist Crystal Davis. Additional guest artists on the CD include master guitarist, Zavier, violinist Scarlet Rivera, percussionist, Oliver Brown, tabla player, Greg Johnson and floor drum player, Dennis Knicely.

“Flow weaves its spell from the very first haunting notes of Jerusalem Prayer. This impressive collection of original orchestrated songs from Stephen Longfellow Fiske showcases his innovative compositions and artful musicianship. Enhanced by a circle of other very talented musicians and performers,Flow evokes deep emotions, culminating in the beautiful Peace of Prayer, which caps off a sublime, moving, and enjoyable listening experience.”

~ Stephen Rohde, author and human rights activist