Fivel Rothberg specializes in producing videos for NGOs and documentary film. His fundraising expertise centers around grantwriting for the arts and nonprofits, crowdfunding, and donor relations. Along with Joe Samalin, he is co-founding MenChallenging, which seeks to raise money from (mostly) men to benefit survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), the organizations that support them, and movements to end GBV.
He is currently producing “Lyd in Exile” by Sarah Friedland and Rami Younis (co-directors). Lyd in Exile is an exploration of the Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” the period when Israel was formed as a modern state, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced into exile, and thousands died in related massacres. The film looks at how this history is both hidden, and ever present, in the daily lives of Palestinians living in Israel. The film boasts Roger Waters as an Executive Producer, includes Palestinian producers Laura Samara Hawa and Baher Agbariya. It recently received significant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts. We are working with Palestinian editor Eyas Salman who edited the Oscar-nominated feature film “Omar.”
Fivel produced “Island Soldier,” about Micronesian citizens serving in the US military. “Island Soldier” has the backing of the PBS-affiliated funder Pacific Islanders in Communications. It premiered at Full Frame 2017, had its international premiere at HotDocs 2017 and aired on World Channel. He was the Associate Producer of Kelly Anderson’s film, “My Brooklyn,” which aired in 2014 on the PBS series America ReFramed. Prior to that, he helped with outreach and fundraising for Peter Cohn’s film “Holy Land” which looks at the divided West Bank. His graduate school thesis project was “House Devil, Street Angel” a short autobiographical documentary about abuse, fatherhood, and masculinity.
He first pursued his interest in social issue media and media democracy when he became one of the co-founders of Indymedia (IMC) Philadelphia, a precursor to Indymedia’s global reach. Rothberg then worked for a number of years at the media arts organization Scribe Video Center, helping small nonprofits produce their own videos and programming public events large and small. At the same time, he produced and edited “Finding Common Ground in New Orleans,” a 30-minute documentary that follows an activist in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. That film is distributed by Third World Newsreel.