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Founded by Executive Directors Eric Axelman and Sam Eilertsen, Tikkun Olam (which means “repair the world” in Hebrew) is a nonprofit film production studio that uses visual storytelling to create a more informed and just world.


Israelism explores the past, present and future of the relationship between American Jews and Israel.

Dozens of American Jewish thinkers, community leaders and activists share stories of falling in and out of love with Israel, and competing visions for a Jewish future, while Israelis and Palestinians describe how their lives are affected by the decisions of a community half a world away.


Israelism asks how and why Israel became the cornerstone of American Judaism, what the consequences have been, and what will
happen as divisions continue to grow.


Green New Deal

Days after the 2018 elections, a group of activists from a group called Sunrise Movement organized a massive sit-in at the offices of Nancy Pelosi, and ignited a nationwide debate around climate change. Their demand: a “Green New Deal”.


Generation Green New Deal explains this contentious policy proposal and follows the activists behind its meteoric rise as they fight for their dream, and the future of us all.


Eric Axelman

Sam Eilertsen

Eric is co-founder and co-executive director of Tikkun Olam, producer of Generation Green New Deal and co-director of Israelism.

 Eric is a non-binary (they/them) filmmaker and educator. They are the co-executive director of Tikkun Olam Films, as well as co-executive director of Pushed Learning and Media, an education and media non-profit that gives large scale presentations and creates educational videos about gender and racial identity/inequality. 

Sam is co-founder and co-executive director of Tikkun Olam, director of Generation Green New Deal and co-director of Israelism.

Sam is an accomplished cinematographer and editor.  After the 2016 elections he started making videos for activist groups as a volunteer, several of his videos have gone viral and been featured on MSNBC, Good Morning America, and even deceptively re-edited by Fox News.