Writer, Director, and Producer
SHEPHERD is written and directed by the Emmy-nominated filmmaker Lynn Roth. Lynn also directed the award-winning feature film A LITTLE TRAITOR based on another famed Israeli novel The Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz, which starred Alfred Molina. Executive Producer for THE PAPER CHASE, Lynn has the distinction of being the first female showrunner for a dramatic television series.
Zvi Howard Rosenman
SHEPHERD is produced by Zvi Howard Rosenman, the legendary producer of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, THE MAIN EVENT, A STRANGER AMONG US, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and the Oscar-winning COMMON THREADS. Among many other great films, Howard produced the award-winning documentary CELLULOID CLOSET, PARAGRAPH 175, SPARKLE (the original film and the 2012 remake starring Whitney Houston), JOHN FROM CINCINNATI for HBO, FAMILY MAN, and YOU KILL ME.
LYNN ROTH - WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
From the moment I read the Israeli novel, "A Jewish Dog" by Asher Kravitz, I knew that it would be my mission to make this movie. To take this unique premise……the trajectory of a dog during the Holocaust and make it a film that would be appropriate for the entire family. A film which parents and grandparents could view with their children and together they could learn or be reminded of a time in history that must not be forgotten.
This film is subtly shown through the eyes of a dog. No gimmicks of a talking dog but rather a sensibility—an instinctual reaction to what his going on around him. A dog, who has the same plight as Jews in the 1930’s, listed on “verboten” signs, forbidden to enter certain places, judged for pure-bred status and bewildered as to why he is cast out of a loving home.
This film embodies the two aspects of life which continue to confound me the most: the fascinating quality of dogs—what goes on in these creatures minds and how they provide so much love and companionship to the human species…..and how the world tolerated “animals” who came to power in Germany and Austria and almost destroyed an entire people.
PRODUCERS: Lynn Roth, Zvi Howard Rosenman, Craig Berenson, J. Todd Harris
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Albert Dadon, Adam Margules, Victoria Sokolova, Estie Brawer, Sharon Azrieli, Gabor Ferenczy, Katalin Fonyó
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kent Robert Gibbons, Shalom & Iris Maidenbaum, Eli Verschleiser, Mindy Mitzner, Robert Rothenberg, Rachell Maidenbaum Gober
CO PRODUCERS: Gil Goldschein, Matti Leshem, Clive Gillinson, Marjorie B. Roswell, Sasha Yelaun, Christian Filippella, Todd Shotz
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Israel Film Fund