In memory of Jez Freedman who sadly passed away on 6th April 2015 at the young age of 36. A loving husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law & uncle who is missed every day.
Jez was diagnosed with vascular EDS when he was a baby and through his life made the decision to carry on without any fuss and attention towards the condition.
Ian Freedman, Jez’s brother has embarked on a mission to raise awareness of vascular EDS and vital funds that will help further the prospect of providing the essential care and support required by individuals and families affected by this life threatening condition.
Jez Freedman started using his Hebrew name, Yehudah, which comes from the word Hoda’ah - to give thanks – after the birth
of his first daughter in early 2013. The blessings continued that year as Yehudah Jez made his first short film, The Funeral, and saw his first feature film, Dough, shoot in London and
Prior to this Yehudah Jez studied at the London College of Communication (formerly Printing), graduating with an MA in Screenwriting from the University of Arts London.
He has been twice short-listed for Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Prize and won the International Emmy Sir Peter Ustinov Award for his television drama script ‘The Storyteller’.
Yehudah Jez was later appointed Head of Development of Viva Films and, as well as running EoM Films, he continued to work on Viva’s slate of projects, as well as scouting for new scripts, writers and novels for adaptation.
Below is Jez's film, The Funeral
On 14th June 2016, Ian Freedman took part in the Maccabi GB Tri Run in memory of his brother and raised a fantastic £1,135.
“I sit on both sides of the desk. So when I’m working for Viva, I’m a development person. I’m a gate keeper. It’s a bit odd, having spent so long knocking on those doors. So I always keep in mind what that’s like. I’ll try to be honest and constructive. At the end of the day I’m looking for projects for my boss, John Goldschmidt. And you might be my first cousin once removed, but if I know the project isn’t going to be for him, there’s no point taking it on.
But if that’s the case I’ll still try and help if I can because writing can be a lonely business. And I’m still knocking on my own doors. That never stops. Story ideas will just pop up from time to time. I’m not particularly an ideas man. I don’t have a drawer full of ideas. But I think the ones I do have are good ones, and I try to focus my time and energy on them. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that my first two films both come from my Jewish identity”.
Yehuda Jez Freedman 19/01/1979 - 06/04/2015