Jaime Ray Newman (class of 1992) is an Oscar-winning producer and actress in Los Angeles. She recently won an Academy Award for "Skin," in the best short film category.
We caught up with Jaime before the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where she resides with her husband and daughter.
"Never in a million years would I have thought that a little film we literally made in our garage would have this far of a reach," she said. "I am humbled and overwhelmed by the reaction. Most importantly, we made this film because we felt it was evocative and could stir a conversation."
"Skin" has been acquired by Fox Searchlight, and has also been turned into a feature-length film produced by Newman that is making the film festival rounds, and which will open worldwide in July.
Jaime credits past teachers Sharon Schwartz and Robin Lash for nurturing her love of theater and performance from age 10. She also fondly recalls past teacher Riva Thatch, a Holocaust survivor, from whom she learned about the Shoah. "That is something I still think about," she said. Newman says she was happy to spend nine formative years at Hillel, where she could grow and develop from childhood to an early teen, and that school instilled in her a love for education and reading, "something I do every night for an hour before bed."