Short Film: THIS WORLD IS YOURS, 5min., USA, Music Video

Directed by Leeav Sofer
Barukh Ate…a yiddish song with lyrics witnessing a father clinging to tradition in the light of thecandles, remembering the fight of the Maccabees. Mostly Kosher’s response: this war is yours now, to every listener that hears this song: Fight for justice, love so bloodless, from this hour more. May we have peace in this world.

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Director Biography – Leeav Sofer

Leeav Sofer is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger, music director, actor and teaching artist with a performance degree in clarinet and voice from the Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University of Long Beach. He is the bandleader and co-founder of the award-winning klezmer-rock band and theater ensemble, Mostly Kosher.

Leeav Sofer has performed at venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ford Amphitheater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Theater at Ace Hotel as well as singing backups at the Staples Center with the Rolling Stones for their 2013 tour. He currently is on faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles where he teaches classes, directing choirs and community engagement programs. Under the auspice of Colburn, Sofer helped initiate or develop music programs to culturally elevate the surrounding communities. Some of these programs include a choral ensemble made up of students from underserved high schools and as well as music outreach visits to Title 1 elementary schools around Los Angeles.
In 2015 Sofer found acclaim as both an actor, singer and score composer on the stage for 24th Street Theater’s Man Covets Bird, winning acclaim when LA Times named the play and it’s music, Critic Choice of the year as well as KCRW’s Anthony Byrne’s praise: “It’s theater magic…Just don’t miss it” as well as featured in KCRW’s The Best of 2015 – LA Theater.
Sofer is also the co-founder and director of The Urban Voices Project, a program that combines adult music education, therapeutic music workshops and a performing community choirs for the homeless and disenfranchised individuals on Skid Row. These programs have garnered Sofer recognition on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, on NPR’s All Things Considered, and allowed him to share the stage with celebrities such as Dick Van Dyke, Black Eyed Peas, Molly Ringwald, celebrity chefs Massimo Batturo, Roy Choi and Mario Battali as well as local politicians such as Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Sofer is a teaching artist and collaborator for Street Symphony, a partner organization that brings distinguished musicians down to homeless communities and the LA County Jails to perform. Together he has helped manifest The Messiah Project, an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in Skid Row remembered as one of the top 10 performances of 2015 deemed by the New Yorker.
In addition to co-founding Los Angeles’s only current Jewish Youth Orchestra, Sofer also leads the band Mostly Kosher, dedicated to preserving and progressing cultural folk music of the Judaic heritage for future generations. Mostly Kosher has met critical acclaim recognized by World Music Network, Los Angeles’ Jewish Journal, JLife Magazine, fRoots Magazine, Jewish Exponent and Songlines Magazine. In 2016, Mostly Kosher had the honor of being the first Jewish music ensemble at the Disney parks and performed a 2 month residency at Disney California Adventure, featured in the Festival of Holidays. Mostly Kosher was credited for “stealing the Festival of Holidays Show” by the acclaimed Fresh Baked Disney podcast, as well as many more credits. Mostly Kosher’s work then was seen by and brought to DisneyWorld at the Epcot park for the same holiday season. Thus in 2017, Mostly Kosher was the first live band and first impression of Jewish culture in both Disney parks at both coasts of the United States at the same time. Sofer continues to tour and perform clarinet, piano, aux percussion and vocals for his band and as a freelance musician.

Director Statement

Album Description:
MOSTLY KOSHER, the acclaimed Los Angeles Klezmer-Rock band, boldly redefines their musical genre with a much anticipated 2nd album, This World is Yours. The ensemble takes the listener through a timeline of history with modern protest music, toppling norms of intolerance and indifference. Birthed into an urban jungle of street Jewish folk music, we are led through deserts, wars, failures, triumphs, love & survival.
http://www.mostlykosher.com/ThisWorldisYours

“This World is Yours”, Mostly Kosher’s recent music video offering, is following in the creative footsteps of past releases. MK’s music videos have been garnering accolades on the film festival circuit, receiving two nominations at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and Best Music Video at the Glendale International Film Festival for the music video “Crawdad Bulgar”. 2021 marked the indie film debut of Mostly Kosher, as they are in the opening scene of the feature film, “The Accursed”, starring Izabela Vidovic and Melora Walters, which debuts MK’s original klezmer tune, “Vitebsk”.

This music video utilizes the art skills of sister teen-team Raina and Czeska Markham, who created the vision and stenciling for the art design and art directed a team of dedicated creators! I am hoping that the unique water-magic used here will help illuminate the message of “L’Dor V’Dor” or “From Generation to Generation” inherent in this song.

RAINWORKS:
Rainworks are invisible pieces of street art that only appear on rainy days. Their purpose: to give people a reason to smile on rainy days. We were delighted to find this unique product and use it for our music video. http://www.rain.works

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