Philly has another connection to the 89th Academy Awards with Joe’s Violin, a short documentary produced by a Philadelphia area advertising agency partner.
Joe’s Violin, which clocks in at 24 minutes, was nominated for best short documentary on Tuesday alongside contenders including Extremis, 4.1 Miles, and others. The pic tells the story of Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold, 91, and Bronx student Brianna Perez, 12, who were united by a violin donated to Perez’s school.
The documentary was executive produced by Peter Kenney, a partner at DiD Agency. Based out of Ambler, the company typically focuses on advertising for health and wellness brands, according to the Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman.
Kenney’s involvement in the film is alongside Montclair, NJ filmmakers Kahane Cooperman and Rafaela Neihausen, who served as producers. Cooperman also directed the doc, according to IMDB.
Joe’s Violin joins Hell or High Water and La La Land as Philly-connected films honored with Oscar nominations this year. Crime drama Hell or High Water nabbed four nominations this year, and was produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, a film company started by Philly philanthropist Sidney Kimmel in 2004.
La La Land earned 14 total nominations for this year’s Oscars, including a couple nods for Ardmore composer Benj Pasek, who penned lyrics for Oscar nominated tracks “Audition (The Fools Who Dream” and “City of Stars.” Read more about that film’s Philly connection here.
The 89th Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC.