Filmmaker and entrepreneur Joseph Shemesh will present his work at LGBT congregation BCC in Los Angeles during Tu Be’Av services on August 4.
Joseph Shamash is a Jewish Persian Cowboy. Born in Dallas, Texas to Iranian immigrants, he has lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles, California where he graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology. Joseph spent many years working in the entertainment industry as an editor, producer and research manager for Fox Sports, TMZ, AOL, DIRECTV and OTX-IPSOS.
In 2011, he left LA to study at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem where he created the One Wish Project. An award winning documentary film and education project that seeks to create a more unified and connected world by giving voice to the marginalized individuals we have come to think of as “other.” He is also pursuing his Rabbinical ordination and Masters of Arts in Education at American Jewish University.
One Wish Project is a non-profit organization that creates social action videos as educational tools and engagement platforms. Our videos aim to broaden the spectrum of traditional media to create a more unified, connected world by giving voice to the marginalized individuals we have come to think of as “other.” One Wish Project began in April, 2013 with a camera, a cardboard box with a simple question written in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, and a desire to give voice to everyday people living in Jerusalem. One year later and we have produced two award winning films, “One Wish For Iran, Love Israel” and “One Wish Jerusalem” with a third in production. Our films have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times around the globe and received extensive coverage in US and Israeli media ranging from: Haaretz, The Times of Israel, Upworthy, The Huffington Post, The Forward, Yediot Ahronot, The Daily Beast, and on Live Israeli TV.