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Tweetable Logline: Renowned contemporary artist Gary Baseman uncovers the heroic stories of his parents’ and others’ during the dark time of the Holocaust.
Elevator Pitch: By traveling to current-day Ukraine, Gary hopes to educate future generations about the Holocaust through his art and dream-reality. The documentary will follow Gary as he travels from his hometown in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles deep into the forests of current-day Ukraine, where he will collaborate with local artists in his father’s hometown and create an installation that will pay tribute to the memories of all those who endured the Holocaust. This project is supported by the the Sundance Institute and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
David Charles – Director
Lanette Philips – Producer
Michael Pierce – Co-Producer
Francis Pollara – Co-Producer
Jon Kean – Co-Executive Producer / Lead Research
Vasco Nunes – Cinematographer
Scott Hackwith – Composer
Jonathan Sudbury – Trailer Editor
About the film: After traveling to his parent’s hometown in Ukraine in 2012, Gary discovered a secret that would forever change his life and art. A yizkor book from the village of Berezne describing the heroic actions of Gary’s father who escaped the invasion by Nazi soldiers. Ben Baseman fought as a partisan for the next four years in the woods of Poland, now Ukraine. Gary realized how little he knew of the stories his family protected him from and finds himself now the keeper of these stories. Through dynamic and poetic storytelling, he wishes to share their tale of resilience and love.
Current Status: Fundraising.
For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page