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Project of the Day: A Holocaust Role Play Game Makes Summer Camp Disturbing

Project of the Day: A Holocaust Role Play Game Makes Summer Camp Disturbing

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How to Make It to the Promised Land”

Tweetable Logline:

Summer camp gets really strange for 15-year-old Lizzie when she is forced to play a Holocaust role-play game.


Elevator Pitch:

In HOW TO MAKE IT TO THE PROMISED LAND, summer camp gets really
disturbing for 15-year-old Lizzie when she is forced to play a Holocaust
role-play game.

Think Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies at Jewish camp.

THE FILM EXPLORES IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: How do we teach this terrible
historical legacy, or other unfathomable historical events, to the next
generation? With the last generation of Holocaust survivors nearing the
end of their lives, how should we remember the Holocaust? And if you
were Lizzie and had to play this game, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Production Team:

Writer/Director – Sam Zalutsky (You Belong to Me)
Producer – Alexandra Barreto (F the Parents, Too Late)
Editor – Jacob Chase (The Four-Face Liar)
Cinematographer – Mike Testin
Sound Designer – David Briggs (3 Backyards, Diminished Capacity, Teeth)
Casting Director – Angela Demo (Two Night Stand, Electric Slide)
Composer – John Turner

About the Production:

When I was a camper, the plight of Soviet Refusniks (Soviet Jews denied
the right to emigrate) was a HUGE issue for Jews in North America. One
night, the campers met for evening activity. Suddenly the lights cut out
and a counselor declared that all campers were “Soviet Refusniks” who
had to escape the “KGB” (the counselors) to get to America. I can’t
remember what happened but I’ve heard of people who had to play similar
“games” about the Holocaust, Soviet Jewry, even the KKK. And when I
heard Umansky’s short story, I knew I had to make a film. — Sam Zalutsky


Current Status:

Post-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page
Filmmaker Website

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