Jews of the Wild West

Join us for a film screening at the Yiddish Book Center on Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Jews of the Wild West is a feature length documentary produced by Electric Yolk Media and directed by award-winning filmmaker Amanda Kinsey. Through on-camera interviews, compelling footage, and historical photographs, the film tells a positive immigration story and highlights the dynamic contributions Jewish Americans made to shaping the western United States. In English, 80 minutes.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, November 8
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Address: Yiddish Book Center | 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Tickets: $6 for members/students and $8 for nonmembers

Watch the Trailer

About the Filmmaker 

Woman with purple glasses and blonde hair stands in front of lavendar backdrop
Photograph by David Noles

Amanda Kinsey is an executive producer, independent filmmaker, five-time Emmy Award winning producer and fourth-generation photojournalist. Prior to founding her own production company, Electric Yolk Media, she spent over a decade writing and producing for NBC News. During that time, she was also awarded with several Edward R. Murrow Awards, National Headliner Awards and a Gracie Allen Award.


In 2010, Amanda won an Emmy for her Today Show story “The Fighting Grossmans” about a Jewish American family with eight soldier sons in WWII. Her most recent productions are an hour long documentary for PBS’s “Treasures of New York” and a docuseries for VICE Sports.


Six years ago, Amanda relocated from Brooklyn to Denver with her family. She is not Jewish and sees this project as an important act of allyship with the goal of amplifying Jewish voices. Her passion for the Wild West is personal. Amanda's grandmother was born in Denver and once jumped out of an airplane for $100, her great-grandparents ran a photography studio in Butte, Montana at the turn of the 19th Century and her great-great-grandfather owned a San Francisco saloon during the California Gold Rush. She holds a BA from Barnard College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.