Indy Film Fest features ’Grateful’


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After making the rounds at film festivals nationally and internationally in 2019, the documentary of Indianapolis resident Jenni Berebitsky is returning home.

“Grateful” debuted at Indy Shorts International Film Festival in July 2018. As a winner of the Indy Shorts Audience Choice Indiana Spotlight Award, it was then shown at Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis in October 2018. It also won Best Documentary Film at the Circle City Festival in September 2018. Now, it will have three screenings during Indy Film Fest, which runs May 2 to 12 at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts at Newfields.

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Director/Producer Paul Nethercott and Producer/Executive Producer Amy Pauszek hold award for 2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at Sedona International Film Festival in March. (Submitted photo)

Geist-area resident Amy Pauszek, whose “Where’s Amy” photo column runs in Current Publishing Inc. newspapers, served as executive producer and producer. Paul Nethercott was director/producer.

Berebitsky has been battling ALS for 10 years.

“Producing ‘Grateful’ has been an amazing experience,” Pauszek said. “I have had the opportunity to witness how my friend Jenni Berebitsky’s story about ALS touches and affects the lives of others. People love the film. They laugh and cry and find it inspiring. So many friends have helped support the award-winning film and it’s an honor to be bringing it back to Indiana to screen in May at the Indy Film Festival. It has been such a blessing having ‘Grateful’ traveling all over the world, but Indiana is my home.”

The Indy Film Fest screenings will be at 6:45 p.m. May 6 at Newfields Toby Theatre, 7 p.m. May 7 at The Indy Lodge and 5 p.m. May 10 at Newfields DeBoest Theatre.

“Grateful” won the 2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at Sedona International Film Festival in March.

The documentary also will be featured at The River Bend Film Festival, May 2 to 4, in Goshen; Michiana Jewish Film Festival May16 in South Bend at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center; the Greenwich International Film Festival in Connecticut May 29 to June 2; and the Covellite International Film Festival in Montana June 19 to 23.

“I have produced seven films and I am proud to continue producing documentary films that are filmed in Indiana and will make a difference to others,” Pauszek said.