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Project of the Day: ‘Chasing Portraits’ Searches for Lost Art

Project of the Day: 'Chasing Portraits' Searches for Lost Art

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Chasing Portraits

Tweetable Logline: The story of Moshe Rynecki’s art and his great-granddaughter’s quest to find her family’s lost art legacy gone missing in WWII.

Elevator Pitch: Moshe Rynecki, my great grandfather, was a Warsaw artist in the interwar years. He painted the Polish Jewish community. On September 1, 1939 the Germans took Warsaw and Moshe became concerned about protecting his art – over 800 paintings. Ultimately, he hid them. Moshe perished in the Holocaust. My family only recovered a small portion of the original collection. “Chasing Portraits” is my quest to discover what happened to the lost art. Through a deeply personal exploration of the family’s loss and the long process of rediscovering the art, the film raises questions about legacy, provenance, loss and forgiveness.

Production Team:
ELIZABETH RYNECKI, Director/Producer/Writer
CATHY GREENBLATT, Narrative Development
JOHNNY SYMONS, Consulting Producer/Director of Cinematography
JOSH PETERSON, Editor
DARYN ROVEN, Sound Editor
SLAWOMIR GRUNBERG, Cinematographer

About The Film: Today, I am an heir to this story, this legacy, and the paintings. My great grandfather documented the world around him; I see mine as uncovering and sharing a world that was lost. Ultimately, culture belongs to all of us. I know the collection will never be whole again, but I feel compelled to search for the surviving paintings. If I find enough of the lost pieces; if I learn enough of their stories and the stories of the people whose lives they have touched, we can all better understand the fragments of a vanished culture the paintings portray.

Current Status: In production+ still fundraising w/501c3 status.

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