This month JFI is highlighting the work of its 2017 Filmmakers in Residence on the blog. JFI champions independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes through the annual JFI Filmmaker Residency program at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. First launched in 2012, the filmmaker residency program provide conceptual, logistical and communications/marketing support to selected filmmakers.
Nicole Opper is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced the feature documentary Off and Running, an Audience Favorite at Tribeca and winner of ten international awards including Best Documentary at Outfest and Best Documentary Screenplay at Silverdocs. She is currently at work on the docu-comedy web series The F Word, which chronicles her and her partner Kristan’s plans to adopt a child.
Nicole and Kristan are a queer Bay Area couple who plan to adopt a child. On weekends they can often be found baby-watching at the local farmer’s market or borrowing a friend’s toddler so they can hang out at playgrounds without looking creepy. This docu-comedy web series will chronicle their journey into the foster care system to become fost-adopt parents, bumbling through a bureaucratic maze in order to learn everything they can about the troubled institution on which they are staking their dreams of parenthood. Determined to dispel the pervasive idea that the kids adopted from foster care are “damaged goods”, they seek out a number of former foster youth – some who were eventually adopted, others who have aged out of the system and are building their own futures, all of whom have an amazing sense of humor and wisdom to share. They also talk to other fost-adopt families, social workers, lawyers, CASA volunteers and others working in the system in order to find out what’s working, what’s not, and how we can all make a difference.