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Seftel Productions

Seftel Productions Seftel Productions is a NY-based production company that produces award-winning documentaries, featu Seftel Productions is a New York-based production company that produces award-winning documentaries, feature films, commercials and digital media.

Dedicated to creating artful, engaging work with a social conscience, our productions have appeared theatrically around the world, and on television networks including HBO, PBS, A&E, Bravo and Showtime.

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Congratulations to our Stranger At The Gate editor Jeremy Medoff for his Best Editing win at Breck Film Fest! You can ch...
09/20/2022

Congratulations to our Stranger At The Gate editor Jeremy Medoff for his Best Editing win at Breck Film Fest! You can check out his award-winning work and watch this critically acclaimed short documentary film directed by Joshua Seftel streaming globally from The New Yorker. WATCH NOW --> https://buff.ly/3DFDIhn

Film Fest poster and foliage photo by Elaine Collins

About last night! Director Josh Seftel and the entire team celebrated The New Yorker debut party for the Stranger At The...
09/15/2022

About last night! Director Josh Seftel and the entire team celebrated The New Yorker debut party for the Stranger At The Gate short documentary at the brand new DCTV theater in lower Manhattan. Special thanks to Julie Anderson and Ross Kauffman for hosting the event and to Wajahat Ali for moderating an amazing post-screening conversation. We had a special visit from the inspiring Rais Bhuiyan of World Without Hate.

w/ Richard McKinney, Executive Producer Conrad Fischer, MD, Bob Richman, Ross Tuttle, Daisy Khan.

A special screening of our new short film BRUCE AND ALVIN at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The film tells...
09/02/2022

A special screening of our new short film BRUCE AND ALVIN at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The film tells the story of submarine pilot Bruce Strickrott and Alvin, one of the deepest diving research vessels in the world.
Moderated by Veronique LaCapra w/ scientist Susan Humphris.
Photo by Mark Chester. Film produced by Smartypants Thank you Woods Hole Film Festival, Judy Laster and Linda Sallop.

STRANGER AT THE GATE won the social impact award at the Oscar qualifying Holly Shorts Film festival! Congrats to the who...
08/28/2022

STRANGER AT THE GATE won the social impact award at the Oscar qualifying Holly Shorts Film festival! Congrats to the whole team. We hope this story proves that kindness has the power to transform and bridge the great divides we feel in our country right now. We are so grateful to be able to continue to share this message of hope with our audiences.

Here's a sneak peek of last week's epic shoot. We can't wait to share this one. Thanks for the hospitality Gum Studios!
08/10/2022

Here's a sneak peek of last week's epic shoot. We can't wait to share this one. Thanks for the hospitality Gum Studios!

Join us at the STRANGER AT THE GATE screening at  today (7/30) at 5:30 PM. Come say hello to director Joshua Seftel and ...
07/30/2022

Join us at the STRANGER AT THE GATE screening at today (7/30) at 5:30 PM. Come say hello to director Joshua Seftel and the crew. Hope to see you on the Cape!

Honored to share that our short doc STRANGER AT THE GATE won Best Short Documentary at Walla Walla Movie Crush 2022 this...
07/22/2022

Honored to share that our short doc STRANGER AT THE GATE won Best Short Documentary at Walla Walla Movie Crush 2022 this past weekend! Thank you , and congratulations to Joshua Seftel and the rest of the team!

Huge congratulations to Joshua Seftel for being awarded the 2022 Fearless Ally Award by  El-Hibri Foundation! Seven year...
07/19/2022

Huge congratulations to Joshua Seftel for being awarded the 2022 Fearless Ally Award by El-Hibri Foundation!

Seven years ago, Josh created the Emmy and Peabody-nominated series Secret Life of Muslims using filmmaking to combat Islamophobia. That mission continued with STRANGER AT THE GATE, coming this September from the New Yorker. This award is for everyone who worked on the films!

Thanks to Claire Baiz for this beautifully written review of our film!“STRANGER AT THE GATE is sharp, and benefits from ...
07/07/2022

Thanks to Claire Baiz for this beautifully written review of our film!

“STRANGER AT THE GATE is sharp, and benefits from a tense and credible narrative. It’s constructed like a bomb - a heavy orb with a lit fuse, carefully and reassuringly defused by kindness on the part of potential victims and the bomber’s need for human connection.”

Directed by Joshua Seftel. Produced by Smartypants Pictures. Screening July 19-24 at .

It's official! Our short film STRANGER AT THE GATE was selected for the Academy Award®-Qualifying Indy Shorts Internatio...
06/29/2022

It's official! Our short film STRANGER AT THE GATE was selected for the Academy Award®-Qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival! You can watch it virtually or in-person this July 19-24. Directed by Joshua Seftel and produced by Smartypants Pictures. Check it out at www.IndyShorts.org! 🤩🎥🍿

We had a wonderful time at Tribeca this past weekend premiering our film STRANGER AT THE GATE directed by Joshua Seftel ...
06/14/2022

We had a wonderful time at Tribeca this past weekend premiering our film STRANGER AT THE GATE directed by Joshua Seftel -- hailed as "an Oscar contender" by Deadline Hollywood

We couldn't ask for a better partner! Our film will debut on The New Yorker’s digital channels in September as part of t...
06/11/2022
From Fear And Hate To Love: The New Yorker Acquires Tribeca Doc ‘Stranger At The Gate,’ Redemption Story Of Ex-Marine

We couldn't ask for a better partner! Our film will debut on The New Yorker’s digital channels in September as part of the magazine’s award-winning The New Yorker Documentary series. "It’s expected to be an Oscar contender later this year." Read the full story at Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The New Yorker has acquired Joshua Seftel’s documentary short Stranger at the Gate ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film tells a remarkable story of redempti…

05/24/2022
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It’s official! New York State of Mind won a Silver Pencil at the One Show for "Music & Sound Craft: Music Adaptation/Song! We had a blast working with NYCNext to create this love letter to NYC! Watch the film here --> https://buff.ly/3yXpyWP

Produced by Smartypants, directed by

The “New York State of Mind” video features an array of artists from multiple disciplines and industries – including Zeshan B., Sara Bareilles, Mario Cantone, Victoria Clark, Cautious Clay, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Jerry Dixon, Chloe Flower, Billy Joel’s daughter and singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, Joseph Joubert, Tom Kitt, The Klezmatics, The Yankees, LaChanze, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brian Newman, Kelli O’Hara, Joan Osborne, Peppermint, Angie Pontani, Anaïs Reno, Mark Rivera, David Rosenthal, Bobby Sanabria, Ben Stiller, and Suzanne Vega.

Honored to announce STRANGER AT THE GATE is an official selection of the Tribeca Festival!  After 25 years of service, U...
04/19/2022

Honored to announce STRANGER AT THE GATE is an official selection of the Tribeca Festival!

After 25 years of service, U.S. Marine Mac McKinney returns home to Indiana filled with an all-consuming rage toward the people he had been fighting against. Still fueled by his desire to fight for his country, he plans to bomb the local mosque. But when he comes face to face with the community of Afghan refugees and others of Muslim faith that he seeks to kill, his plan takes an unexpected turn.

Learn more about the film here: https://buff.ly/3vwYsSS


Directed by Joshua Seftel
Produced by , Conall Jones
Executive Producers -
Mohannad Malas, Rev. Dr. Conrad Fischer, MD, John W. Kiser
Executive Producers - , , Eric Nichols
Editor -
Director of Photography - Karl Schroder
Co-Producer -
Associate Producer -
Production Assistant -
1st Assistant Camera - Kevin Esnault
2nd Assistant Camera - Brandon Ahern, Carter Hoffman
Grip - Carter Hoffman
Sound Mixer - Zack Thorpe
Production Manager - .yaccino
Production Assistant -
Equipment provided by
Additional Editing - Eric Metzgar
Lead Assistant Editor - Steve Benjamin
Assistant Editor - Nick Cancelliere
Colorist - Kath Raisch / Company 3
Sound Designer -
Legal Services by Donaldson Callif Perez, LLP
Chris Perez and Alexa DeSantis

We are thrilled to announce our short film, New York State of Mind was shortlisted for a One Show award! We had a blast ...
04/12/2022

We are thrilled to announce our short film, New York State of Mind was shortlisted for a One Show award! We had a blast working with NYCNext to create this love letter to NYC! Watch the film here --> https://buff.ly/3E2mOYq

Produced by Smartypants, directed by Joshua Seftel.

The “New York State of Mind” video features an array of artists from multiple disciplines and industries – including Zeshan B., Sara Bareilles, Mario Cantone, Victoria Clark, Cautious Clay, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Jerry Dixon, Chloe Flower, Billy Joel’s daughter and singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, Joseph Joubert, Tom Kitt, The Klezmatics, The Yankees, LaChanze, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brian Newman, Kelli O’Hara, Joan Osborne, Peppermint, Angie Pontani, Anaïs Reno, Mark Rivera, David Rosenthal, Bobby Sanabria, Ben Stiller, and Suzanne Vega.

Woods Hole Film Festival
02/15/2017

Woods Hole Film Festival

Great meeting in Brooklyn with our 2017 WHFF Filmmaker in Residence Josh Seftel. We may have too many good ideas at this point. :) Stay tuned for all the details.

12/19/2016
The Secret Life of Muslims

Being Muslim on the internet, our newest video from our The Secret Life of Muslims series.

WATCH FUNNY MUSLIMS TROLL THE TROLLS! Turns out it's not so easy being Muslim and online at the same time. With Aman Ali, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Reza Aslan, Negin Farsad, Maz Jobrani, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Omar Regan, Dena Takruri, and iqbal theba page.
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This video is part of a series called The Secret Life of Muslims. We'll be releasing more videos in the coming weeks.

12/13/2016
The Secret Life of Muslims

Whether it's Aleppo, Standing Rock, or Donald Trump, Dena Takruri gives voice to the voiceless. From our series, The Secret Life of Muslims.

Whether it's Aleppo, Standing Rock, or Donald Trump, meet Dena Takruri, the Muslim-American journalist working to give voice to people unheard.
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This video is part of a series called The Secret Life of Muslims. We'll be releasing more videos in the coming weeks.

12/06/2016
The Secret Life of Muslims

From the Jersey Shore to Forbes's 30 Under 30, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh on life as the founder of Muslim Girl.
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This video is part of a series called The Secret Life of Muslims. We'll be releasing more videos in the coming weeks.

From the Jersey Shore to Forbes's 30 Under 30, life as the founder of Muslim Girl.com and author of Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age.
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This video is part of a series called The Secret Life of Muslims. We'll be releasing more videos in the coming weeks.

11/15/2016
The Secret Life of Muslims

If the NYPD’s Muslim chaplain can’t get through customs, who can?
In the next installment of The Secret Life of Muslims, distributed by Vox, Khalid Latif describes his new reality in a post-9/11 world.

If the NYPD’s Muslim chaplain can’t get through customs, who can?

In the next installment of The Secret Life of Muslims, Khalid Latif describes his new reality in a post-9/11 world.

11/02/2016
The Secret Life of Muslims

We are thrilled to post the inaugural episode of our new digital series, The Secret Life of Muslims directed by Joshua Seftel and distributed by Vox. We'll be releasing new videos over the coming weeks. Like our page and check back for new videos.

We are thrilled to launch the inaugural episode of our series, distributed by our partner Vox. Tired of being exclusively cast as a terrorist, actor Ahmed Ahmed now uses comedy as a platform for addressing harmful Muslim stereotypes.

This is the first video in our series, The Secret Life of Muslims by Seftel Productions. We'll be releasing more over the coming weeks. Like our page and check back for new videos.

10/17/2016
NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists

Check out the latest from our PBS web series, NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists.

Dame Stephanie Shirley breaks through about a million glass ceilings with her digital innovations and her all-female company.

Thanks Vimeo!Check out our film, The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, streaming now.
10/04/2016

Thanks Vimeo!

Check out our film, The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, streaming now.

Thanks for putting us on the front page, Vimeo!

Now streaming at vimeo.com/184750371

09/22/2016
The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano

The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano

Reviews for the film are coming in - but Pat, Mom of director Joshua Seftel, may have the best one so far.

via Josh's webseries, My Mom On Movies.

Thanks for the shoutout, The New York Times!
09/21/2016
The New York Times

Thanks for the shoutout, The New York Times!

Phillip Toledano was terrified of growing old. So he decided to do it as many times as possible. (via The New York Times Opinion Section)

Our short documentary, The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, is now live on The New York Times!
09/20/2016
The New York Times Opinion Section

Our short documentary, The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, is now live on The New York Times!

Afraid of death? Maybe you just need practice.

09/20/2016
NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists

Our newest NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists profile, Dr. Cheri Blauwet talks about her journey from sports physician to winning gold at the Paralympic Games. Series sponsored by Winton Capital Management

Dr. Cheri Blauwet, of Brigham and Women's Hospital at first just wants to play her clarinet, but gets talked into finding her passion-- which eventually turns to gold at the Paralympic Games.

07/27/2016
NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists

Sex researcher Nicole Prause gives us the inside scoop on why female "viagra" hasn't materialized, in our latest NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists video.

A bunch of men try to create a kind of "female viagra," but they forget to talk with the ladies about it. Sexual psychophysiologist Nicole Prause gave us the inside scoop on the quest for a little pink pill.

07/25/2016
NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists

The newest from our NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists series with Nikky Prause.

As a sexual psychophysiologist, Nicole Prause studies the connection between our brains and our genitals. Sometimes, that scares other scientists – and has an impact on her dating life.

07/22/2016
My Mom On Movies

Today from My Mom On Movies: Trump's Small Hands with Patricia Seftel

Today's topic: Trump's Small Hands with Patricia Seftel

07/21/2016
My Mom On Movies

From our series My Mom On Movies, everything you need to know about Donald J. Trump's wives in less than 2 minutes. Plus My Mom contemplates becoming Trump's 4th.

Everything you need to know about Trump's wives in less than 2 minutes. Plus My Mom Patricia Seftel contemplates becoming Trump's 4th.

07/19/2016
My Mom On Movies

What do Donald J. Trump and Chipotle have in common? According to My Mom, both are full of...

delicious taco bowls. Just in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention, My Mom On Movies discusses the prospect of sharing a "taco bowl" with Trump. We'll have a new episode each day of the RNC. Let's get through this together.

What do Donald Trump and Chipotle have in common? According to My Mom, both are full of...delicious taco bowls. Just in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention, My Mom Patricia Seftel discusses the prospect of sharing a "taco bowl" with Trump. We'll have a new episode each day of the RNC. Let's get through this together.

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