What the movie is about: "One of the longest underground survivals. A group of Jewish families flee the Nazis by descending into caves during World War II."
What was the most pressing trial you faced going into this project? "There were a lot of challenges on this project: attempting to bring the survivors back to the cave and finding the funding to do the story on the scale it deserved."
Learning by way of observation: "Although no single film was an inspiration, everyday I learn about filmmaking by watching other directors work: both narrative directors and documentary directors."
Next up: "A documentary on the world memory games, a drama set in the 1920s oil fields of Oklahoma, a drama set in the juvenile justice system, and a 3D IMAX film about the human eco-system: how the human body lives together with bacteria and viruses."
Indiewire invited select newcomers to the Toronto International Film Festival to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faces, and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses throughout TIFF. Go HERE to read other profiles.