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Matthew Mishory’s Who Are the Marcuses? 

Feature Documentary About Unlikely Philanthropists Whose $500 Million Gift Seeks Peace and Climate Action Through Water Makes World Premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival

Who Are the Marcuses?, Matthew Mishory’s feature documentary about a mysterious couple whose more than half a billion-dollar gift to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev both tells the story of a nice Jewish couple—and savvy investors—from Long Island, and re-imagines conflict resolution in the Middle East and peace through water, will make its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival next month.

The film will have its world premiere Tuesday, October 18th at THE LOT #3, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 at 7:30 PM. The film will play an encore screening Wednesday, October 19h at the same cinema at the same time. Ticketing options available here.

Matthew Mishory (Fioretta; Artur Schnabel; No Place of Exile) directed the film. Producers are Rubber Ring’s and Stone Canyon’s Bradford Schlei (Swingers, Spun) and Alvaro Fernandez of Monolithic Films along with executive producers Rob Levine, Marc Bennett (The Tattooed Torah, Shared Legacies) and Rhino Films’ Stephen Nemeth (Dogtown and the Z Boys, Climate Refugees, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Who are the Marcuses? features Warren Buffett; Israeli President Isaac Herzog; historian Daniel Gordis; best-selling philosopher Micah Goodman; E. Randol Schoenberg; author and activist Seth M. Siegel, and many others. The film was shot on location in Israel; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; and other locales throughout 2021. 

“Our film has a message—about climate change, water technology, and philanthropy—that can change our world,” Mishory says. “But films are also about storytelling, and this one tells a story so unbelievable and inspiring, it can only be true. We can’t wait to share it.”

He adds, “I’m so grateful we’ll be making our world premiere at Newport Beach, a festival with a long track record of dedication to conservation and the environment. It’s an honor to bring our story of water technology, climate action, and philanthropy to the NBFF audience. This is the film the world needs now.”

The film’s trailer is both a revealing and hopeful look at the film but protects its most surprising secrets. See it here.

Who Are the Marcuses? pieces together the lives of Holocaust refugees Lottie and Howard Marcus, an unassuming couple from Great Neck, New York, who retired to a modest two-bedroom apartment in San Diego, California. Howard, formerly a dentist, died in 2014 at age 104. Lottie died less than two years later at age 99. Shortly thereafter, it was revealed the Marcuses had given over half a billion dollars to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev—the largest single charitable donation to the State of Israel since its founding in 1948. 

Who were these virtually unknown philanthropists who had never publicly revealed their wealth or intentions? How did they accumulate millions by getting in on the early days of the greatest financial services empire ever built? What compelled them and their daughter, Ellen, to give it all away? And why were the Marcuses so captivated by the issue of water scarcity and a little-known but innovative university in the Israeli desert? 

Professor Daniel Chamovitz, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, says, “By investing their nest egg, this generous family has enabled [first Israeli Prime Minister] David Ben-Gurion’s vision for the future of Israel, which he declared will ‘emerge from the Negev.’” 

Who Are the Marcuses? is Matthew Mishory’s sixth imaginative exploration of notable lives of the 20th century. It follows films about artist/filmmaker Derek Jarman, actor James Dean, musician Artur Schnabel, and purged Ukrainian composer Alexander Mosolov. The sixth breaks the mold: He’s recently finished shooting Fioretta in Central Europe and Italy. That film is about the obsessive, multi-decade quest of Randol Schoenberg—genealogist, Jewish activist and grandson of the composer—to find the centuries-old gravestone of his oldest known ancestor, a woman who died in the 1500’s in the Jewish ghetto of Venice.

Who Are the Marcuses? was photographed by Mishory’s longtime collaborator Michael Marius Pessah (Joshua Tree, 1951; Smiley Face Killers), was co-written by Golan Friedman, and features an original score by legendary Israeli guitarist/singer David Broza. Mishory is delivering Who Are the Marcuses? in Dolby Vision HDR for theatrical and streaming release. Graef Allen of Dolby is producing the DolbyVision DCP.

“This film is the blueprint for existing and future technological solutions to climate crises that set the stage for lasting peace in the Middle East and beyond,” adds Schlei.

“The Marcuses were humble visionaries who saw the importance of water research not only as vital to Israel’s self-sufficiency but as a strategy to achieve peace through shared natural resources,” says Doug Seserman, chief executive officer of Americans for Ben-Gurion University. “Their transformative generosity will be felt for generations to come.”

Rubber Ring Films is a production company and creative agency based in Santa Monica, CA, making documentary, brand, and narrative content. Who Are the Marcuses? is their first release of a slate of six projects in active production or post.

Stone Canyon Entertainment is a development, production, and financing company based in Santa Monica, CA, whose most recent feature was The Trust, starring Elijah Wood. 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of Israel lay in the Negev region, a desert area comprising more than 60 percent of the country. With some 20,000 students and campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat, BGU is an oasis of innovation, leading research in cyber security, desert studies, climate change, medicine, Israeli studies, and more. 

Americans For Ben-Gurion University engages a community of Americans who are committed to improving the world by supporting a world-class academic institution that not only nurtures the Negev, but also shares its expertise locally and globally. David Ben-Gurion envisioned that Israel’s future would be forged in the Negev. The cutting-edge research carried out at Ben-Gurion University drives that vision by sustaining a desert Silicon Valley, with the “Stanford of the Negev” at its center. The Americans for Ben-Gurion University movement supports a 21st century unifying vision for Israel by rallying around BGU’s remarkable work and role as an apolitical beacon of light in the Negev desert.

WHO ARE THE MARCUSES? Feature Documentary

Running Time: 99 Minutes; Audio: Stereo; Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Shooting format 4k and Super 8

Link to press materials and photos here.

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Vaughn lowery interviews nft vip speakers Nicole Buffett and Jesse Dylan in nyc via 360 MAGAZINE


After two jam-packed days, NFT-VIP proved to be a major success. Thanks to its close-knit team of organizers, professionals, involved in press groups and discussions about the impact an NFT, many had an enjoyable experience.

Below are some of our intimate conversations with some of the speakers as well as participants at NFT-VIP.

Warren Buffett's Nicole Buffett is interviewed by Joseph Lowery's grandson Vaughn Lowery of 360 Magazine at the NFT-VIP series in nyc

Listen to ‘NFTs for Impact’ on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

360’s Vaughn Lowery had an impromptu dialogue with a list of enthusiastic humanitarians: Jesse Dylan, Co-founder of Snowcrash; Sarah Porter, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Hope for Haiti; Fabiola Coupet, Since Eve Collective; Nicole Buffett, NFT Artist; Morgan Carroll, Field Marketing Manager for The Giving Block; and Daphne Darbouze, Since Eve Collective.

Listen to Darryl Scipio on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

Darryl Oliver Scipio is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School.
He began his professional career in the dot-com industry and then onto finance news, launching CNN Money.

After law school, he organized the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

Today, Darryl is a proud father to twins and happily married to his beautiful wife Erika. Over the past few years, he established the Newark Chess Club — a youth advisership platform which teaches life skills for future milestones by applying the game’s rulesets. Lastly, he helms a boutique real estate and contracts law firm Downtown Newark.

picture of Adam Anderson via Adam Anderson for use by 360 Magazine

Listen to Adam Anderson on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

Adam Anderson, the author of Fire Yourself, the Entrepreneurial Endgame and co-host of the Two Stones, One Bird podcast, is a cyber security and space entrepreneur who has been the advisor, founder and/or primary investor in over 30 startups.

As a cybersecurity venture, Adam is responsible for the cyber economy by reporting cybercrime and researching companies to ensure they are trustworthy.

He is also a venture capital walking alongside startups from the beginning stage of the business to the final launch and production.  He is now serving as the Chair of the Board for Hook Security and as Managing General Partner for Ansuz Capital

Listen to Wayne Scot Lukas on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

Wayne Scot Lukas is a former celebrity wardrobe stylist for Janet Jackson as well as TLC’s co-host of the makeover reality series, What Not to Wear. As of late, he dropped by 360 Magazine’s kiosk during NFT-VIP in NYC to chop it up with Vaughn Lowery about Nipplegate, Janet’s b-day bash and Teyana Taylor.

Listen to Carrie Taylor on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

Ms. NFTy, also known as Carrie Taylor, is an Asian American who attended the Harvard Business School for Disruptive Marketing. As an NFT architect, she wants to continue to create a space for underprivileged young people to learn about cryptocurrency with unique digital identifiers. Last week, she served as a keynote speaker at the NFT-VIP and NFT.NYC.

Official NFT-VIP Press Release HERE.

Listen to CEO Julie Lamb of NFT-VIP HERE.

Listen to JDM Labs’ co-founder/software developer Mikee Trompeta HERE.

Dairy Queen

The Dairy Queen® System Expects a Blizzard of Miracles on August 2

DQ® hosts 13th annual Miracle Treat Day to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

WHO: Participating Dairy Queen®and DQ Grill & Chill® locations throughout the United States

WHAT: Will help make miracles for hospitalized children during DQ®’s 13th annual Miracle Treat Day, when $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals). CMN Hospitals raise funds to help save and improve the lives of kids treated at 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

All donations collected on Miracle Treat Day stay in the communities in which they are raised to support pediatric patients and their families in local CMN Hospitals.

WHEN: All day Thursday, August 2, 2018

WHERE: Visit for the nearest participating Dairy Queen or DQ Grill & Chill locations.

The featured Miracle Treat Day “Blizzard of the Day” will be Oreo®, which is still the most popular Blizzard Treat to date. The Blizzard Treat of the Month for August in the U.S. is the new TWIX® Blizzard Treat. All other Blizzard Treat flavors are also available that day.

During a 34-year partnership with CMN Hospitals, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $135 million for local hospitals.

For more information about Miracle Treat Day, visit and connect on social media at #MiracleTreatDay.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About IDQ:
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,700 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit