Capturing the lengths people will go to gain freedom, Beyond Utopia follows various individuals as they attempt to flee North Korea, one of the most…
In 2006 Jana Edelbaum founded Ideal Partners, an independent film and television production company based in New York City that develops and produces both fiction and documentary feature and TV projects.
Current fiction projects include a concert/biographical documentary film of the acclaimed and multifaceted Idina Menzel streaming on Disney+; a feature film biopic about iconic choreographer Alvin Ailey to be directed by Barry Jenkins and distributed by Fox Searchlight; The Librarians, a feature documentary about the destructive book banning in Texas, directed by Kim Snyder; Nestoria, an action-drama series based on a New Yorker article produced with Blumhouse TV and starring Stephanie Beatriz; and a comedy series inspired by the life of fashion designer Peter Som. Previous projects include House of Z, Strange Weather, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, and Dirty Girl. Ideal’s films have been nominated for Independent Spirit awards and Humanitas Awards, as well as receiving an Emmy Award.
Edelbaum lives in New York with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of Brown University and spent several years as an investment banker in London prior to moving into film. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, is involved with Mt Sinai Hospital, is an active member of the NY Women’s Collective, and is passionate about the medium of film as a social change agent.
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