Archive for April, 2014

Series One Episode 4: Photomontage

“Photomontage” is the 4th episode of The Ripple Project: ONE series.

Holocaust survivor, Walter Schaffir, age 92, reflects back on the day Nazi brownshirts threw him into a Viennese jail at age 17. “Thinking back it is hard to really reconstruct that moment.” says Walter of that event and the two miracles that followed: his release from jail and a Kindertransport to Holland that would separate he and younger brother Kurt from their mother for an unspecified time. “I have never had any doubts that I would see her again,” adds Walter. “And we did.” Like her father and grandmother Lola, Nancy Gershman, Walter’s daughter, is also an artist. But Nancy’s art, as she describes it, “is prescriptive” and not art for art’s sake. What she has become known for is digitally – and forensically – creating memories that were, or might have been for people who wrestle emotionally with loss and regrets.

We soon follow Nancy as she assembles a photomontage for a transgender male which re-imagines what it might have been like for him to have bonded with his parents in early childhood – only this time in his preferred gender … as a little girl.

Parallel to this journey, Nancy presses her father to reconstruct his gaps in memory; gaps that spotlight Walter’s optimistic outlook on life at the expense of denial. This collision between rosy reminiscences and the darker details only leaves Nancy hungry for more.

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Project Status: In early stages of production

Episode Five: Mirrors

Mirrors is the 5th episode in The Ripple Project: ONE Series.

A friend’s reflection reveals more than a looking glass.

Renowned artist and clandestine Holocaust art scholar Marc Dennis interviews survivor Dina Jacobson, whose tranquil facade betrays an incomprehensible knowledge. Set in the bucolic village of Elmira in upstate New York, Marc’s inquisitive nature and Dina’s furtive life are revealed and reflected upon through days of frenzied conversation and the knowing silence of friends. Dina is one of six survivors interviewed by Marc, each story more complex and unique than the one before…

Filmmaker Liron Unreich follows Marc, as both artist attempt to create a multi-media musuem installation based on these six interviews. A journey that will take them across the United States and the Atlantic. As each survivor shares his or hers life and precious days, the two artists try to capture an enduring portrait of survival, spirit, strength and inspiration to be shared with generations to come.

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/94724081[/vimeo]

 

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Portrait of Holocaust survivor Dina J. by artist Marc Dennis

Portrait of Holocaust survivor Dina J. by artist Marc Dennis

Project Status: In early stages of production

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