Bethpage, New York (PressExposure) July 17, 2008 -- The Producers of the DVD, The Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame, announced today that they have entered into a worldwide film distribution agreement with The National Center for Jewish Film /Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. The DVD is the first volume of the Jewish Sports Legacy Series presented by JewishPrideSportsHeroes LLC. It contains the most complete action history of the legendary Jewish basketball players of the twentieth century, bringing over thirty players to the screen in all their glory.
"To put it simply, we are thrilled that Brandeis had agreed to distribute our DVD," said Izzi Lifschutz, one of the producers and a one-time basketball player at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "They are the world's leading authorities on Jewish films and the top distributor. Izzi, who, in addition to his basketball credentials, is also an actor who appeared in several successful films, including The Chosen, Pi and Stranger Among Us.
In addition to the DVD, JewishPrideSportsHeroes LLC owns a website that it recently launched, http://www.jewishhoopstars.com. The site contains the Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame, a trailer for the DVD, a forum on Jewish athletes and a clip of Izzi playing basketball.
Steven Bass, a leading sports archivist, compiled the footage used in the DVD and directed the production. He is a recognized expert in the history of televised sports in the United States. To complete the DVD he rescued material from long forgotten archives, basements and attics and digitally enhanced it using state of the art equipment.
The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) is a unique nonprofit motion picture archive, distributor and resource center housing the largest, most comprehensive collection of Jewish-themed film and video in the world. The ongoing mission of NCJF is to gather, preserve, catalogue, and exhibit films with artistic and educational value relevant to the Jewish experience, disseminating these materials to the widest possible audience. NCJFâs first priority continues to be the preservation and restoration of rare and endangered nitrate and acetate films.
JewishPridesSportsHeroes LLC is a Bethpage, NY-based Company. Its mission is to present the story of the Jewish contribution to basketball and the enormous impact Jewish athletes have made to sports in the twentieth century. For additional information or to inquire about sponsorships and fundraising opportunities through JewishPrideSportsHeroes LLC and its website, jewishhoopstars.com, and the Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame DVD, contact Yisrael Lifchutz at JewishPrideSportsHeroes LLC, 1055 Stewart Avenue, suite 18, Bethpage, NY 11714, or phone at 516-719-4555 ext 106.