Sam Harris, believed to be one of the youngest to survive the camps during the Holocaust, shares his amazing story of survival with philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone. The documentary is a powerful, strong and raw testimony of Sam Harris, taken during a fundraising evening hosted by Sharon Stone.
More than 1.5 million children perished during the Holocaust.
Most of the estimated 130,000 who survived were girls. The majority of boys, their faith revealed by the evidence of circumcision, were not saved.
Sam Harris is believed to be one of the youngest who made it out alive.
Philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone invited Sam to share his story.
“In sharing your personal testimony as a survivor you have granted future generations the opportunity to experience a personal connection with history. Thank you for your invaluable contribution, your strength and generosity of spirit.”
In 1947, the 12-year-old boy born as Szlamek Rzeznik sailed with other child refugees to America. Through the Jewish Children’s Bureau in Chicago, he was adopted by a loving family and became Samuel R. Harris.
School, career, marriage and fatherhood followed, but Sam never forgot his past. He wrote a book to share his journey, “Sammy: Child Survivor of the Holocaust.” He speaks to thousands annually about the atrocities of genocide, honoring the lives of all those who died at the hands of bigotry and hatred.
Sam was an instrumental force in the creation of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, of which he is President Emeritus.
In 2014, Sam was the proud recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Vincent Malaisé has always been passionate about cinema and is eager to get into this field.
During this adventure, he realizes that many people like him seek to achieve. Rich in his encounters and this human experience, he created the Angevine French Court & 49 production association in 2014 and has been chairing it ever since.
Court & 49 accompanies several directors by ensuring the development and production of several short films. Partnerships with another collective and a music school are born. C&49 also participates in image education by organizing several meetings for the benefit of its members and the public with recognized technicians or directors.
Director and scriptwriter, at the same time, he continues to develop his own scenarios and projects. In 2016, he shot his first short film entitled “Madeleine”, “The dormant season” is his second film.
Stéphane studied Cinema in Paris working on feature film before joining the world of automotive and music videos. He then approached commercial agencies who took him around the world to explore differents automotive projects. He traveled around the world once more for his passion about sport and art of motion, this time to capture the portraits and stories of inspiring and passionate people. In his work we find the omnipresence of passion and heart-felt emotion in the midst of the stories that he loves to tell.
“Founded by Abe Abraham, Abanar is a dance company formed for the purpose of expanding perceptions of movement through film. Inspired by what the camera can both hide and reveal, Abanar’s films expose a world of details that would go unnoticed in a live dance performance. Film techniques such as showing multiple perspectives, moving forward and backward in time, isolating body parts, and framing space sets the groundwork for new ways of creating and perceiving movement. For Abanar, film becomes a partner in the creation of dance from the outset: a process designed to discover how these two media can challenge each other to create a novel vision.“
Director Biography – Abe Abraham
Abe Abraham is the artistic director of Abanar. Mr. Abraham recieved his BFA in Dance form the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. Mr. Abraham’s work features dancers from some of the leading dance companies in the world, including New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Complexions. Dutch National Ballet, and Les Grand Ballet Canadiens. His films have been presented by the Dance Films Association, The Perfrorming Arts Library (Lincoln Center), and the Makor /Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y. In December 2006, Mr. Abraham curated “An Evening of Short Films” at the Makor/Steindhart Center which featured works by Samuel Beckett form the “Beckett on Film” project. Mr. Abraham’s film “Wind and Tree” has been presented at Symphony Space, Theater 80, Tribeca Screening Room, and Jack in Brooklyn. In October 2013, The New York Times called Abraham’s “Wind and Tree” a renaissance painting filled with “elegant shadowy shots of fragmented body parts and twisted limbs paired with eerie seismographic recordings of the earth’s vibration.”. Mr. Abraham’s new film series “Salt Water”, featuring Desmond Richardson, will premiere at Symphony Space in November 2017.
The movie is listed 2 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Web Series / New Media
– Best Editor PITCH : The Cell is a french web serie from the creator of Metal Hurlant Chronicles. This 10×10 minutes Sci-Fi comedy tells the story of Gaspard, an average insurance guy who’s framed and sent to prison. Things turns odd when his cell starts to travel through space and time.
The movie is listed in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best Documentary
Britain’s music street ‘Tin Pan Alley’ has resided in London’s Denmark Street since Francis, Day & Hunter the first music publishers moved-in back in 1906.
It was home to songwriters, music venues, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, demo studios and music instruments shops, as well as being the birthplace of British Silent Cinema, before becoming London’s ‘Little Tokyo’ until World War 2.
London’s Tin Pan Alley remains unparalleled.
30 people who worked in this legendary music street take us on a 110-year journey through Tin Pan Alley, aided by British broadcaster-authors Dan Cruikshank, Paul French, Joshua Levene and Will Self.
Contributors include singer Dame Vera Lynn, ‘Skiffler’ Chas McDevitt, The Small Faces’ drummer Kenney Jones, David Bowie’s bassist Herbie Flowers, Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock, Damned guitarist Captain Sensible, Beta Band’s Steve Mason, soul singer Linda Lewis, Tom Jones songwriter Barry Mason, Eurovision hit songwriter Bill Martin, Music Industry Legend Eric Hall,
Acid Jazz’s Eddie Piller and Guardian journalist Simon Usbourne, among others
Redevelopment now threatens the future livelihood of music-based artisans in this historic street.
This documentary concludes by illustrating how London is losing this creative hub to gentrification. Britain’s birthplace of popular music and song Tin Pan Alley aka Denmark Street remains London’s only street of musical instrument shops.
The loss and destruction of areas of cultural heritage is naturally of international concern.
This is the first full length documentary to highlight this pressing matter.
Festival’s appreciation :
“TALES FROM TIN PAN ALLEY is a wonderful journey into music and love for music. Full of anecdotes, it invites you to the real place to be, which is not Abbey Road…“
Henry Scott-IrvinePunk Attitude (2005) and The Elton John Story (2003) are among his work. He also wrote the book The Ghosts of a Whiter Shade Of Pale, including forewords from Martin Scorsese and Sir Alan Parker.
“Tales From Tin Pan Alley is told by key people who worked in London’s Denmark Street. The interviews were given in the wake of music being threatened in Tin Pan Alley/Denmark Street.
The true ‘unsung heroes’ of Tin Pan Alley are the musicians, the songwriters, the music publishers, the technicians and the people from behind-the-scenes who have come out of the woodwork, out of history and out of retirement to approach us. Individuals that would be very hard to find in any other circumstance have come forward from across the globe, saying, ‘We want to be in this special documentary film!’
We have them here now. This is their story – a contemporary urban Canterbury Tale – a vital testament from over 30 musicians, broadcasters and historians.
In 2018 Tin Pan Alley’s 110 year old music legacy is currently in peril due to ensuing gentrification, leading to upcoming penthouse flats, hotels, restaurants and a shopping mall.
The legacy of those who worked in the street is our testament to Denmark Street’s unique place in international cultural history.
The struggle for those remaining, continues …”
Director Biography – Henry Scott-Irvine
Background as TV Archive Producer on over 150 Music Arts Documentaries since 1987; including, Status Quo – The Party Ain’t Over Yet (2006) Punk Attitude (2005) The Elton John Story (2003) Pop On The Box (2003) The South Bank Show – Bernie Taupin (2002) Classic Albums – Elvis (2002) Classic Albums – Transformer (2002) Classic Albums – Never Mind The Bollocks (2001) Classic Albums – Goodbye Yellow Brick Rd (2001) John Lennon The Early Years (2001)
Author of The Ghosts of a Whiter Shade Of Pale with Forewords from Martin Scorsese and Sir Alan Parker (Omnibus Press) Features writer for Record Collector Magazine (2011-2015) and Radio Producer and Presenter of 400 radio shows at Resonance 104.4 fm London (2009 – 2016)
Founder-Chairman of The Save Denmark St Campaign (2014-2018), which has 36,000 change.org subscribers, linked into campaign sites at www.savetpa.tk and www.tinpanalleytales.co.uk with The Save Tin Pan Alley petition https://www.change.org/p/don-t-bin-tin-pan-alley
This led to his Save Denmark St TV spots (2014-2016) on The One Show, The Sunday Politics, BBC News, ITV News and London Live, following on from campaign achieved Grade 2 Star Listings of 3 buildings in Denmark St in conjunction with Historic England, English Heritage and Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.
Produced by Emmanuel Hamon, Jonathan Delerue and Guillaume Enard
Pascal Greggory as “Mort-Lieu”
Anne Charrier as “Alienor”
Jonas Bloquet as “Hargrold”
Eric Savin as “Gerbert”
François-David Cardonnel as “The Knight”
The movie is listed 2 times in competition for the 2018 PAMA for :
– Best French Short
– Best Director of Photography
PITCH :Once a ruthless war lord who won his land by his sword, Mort-Lieu is now a sick old man. A mysterious knight appears ; Mort-Lieu believes the stranger is Death himself coming to get him. Facing his own end, Mort-Lieu has to confront his legacy.discover her inner strength.
“As filmmakers we are fascinated with The Dark Ages. Back then, human life was worthless, social and politic life were based on inequality and absolutely devoid of ethics and morals as we understand them today. The right to be, to bear your name and to breath to the venerable age of 40 are the main rewards of a daily fight. Death, also known as La Carnade in France, is one reality that everyone share : Peasants, Kings, Soldiers, Men of God and Heretics as well. The weakest fights a losing battle while the strongest finds in Death a way to rise socially. Our main character, the Lord of Mort-Lieu is one of the latter. Born an illegitimate child, he won his name and his land by his sword. Angry and revengeful, resolved to prove his worth, Mort-Lieu is a man of his time, a ruthless man. Until now…
The lord of war is now a sick old man. As he stares into Death’s eyes he learns about fear. A mysterious knight appears and Mort-Lieu believes he is the grim Reaper himself coming to get him. In the fading twilight of his life Mort-Lieu picks his ultimate and already lost fight, and feels the need to look back at what he has accomplished. What is his legacy ? His castle built on a rocky spear ? His legitimate and despicable son who never experienced the rush of fighting and bloodshed ? The bastard emblems that cover his coat of arms ? Facing none other than himself, it is now with his last duel that Mort-Lieu understands the value of life.
To capture our vision of the Dark Ages on film and increase Mort-Lieu’s distress, we think of PAR LE SANG as a medieval western. Scenography and weaponry of this time allow us to enhance our story’s themes with a strong visual signature, they extend our characters’ psychological depth to the point where violence is the way of showing how they feel. PAR LE SANG is a touching and universal tale which allows us to show how the awareness of death encourage us to live. It’s about the end of an era, Heredity and Redemption, and the final stand off is the metaphoric resolution for the eternal father and son conflict.
Because Mort-Lieu is a cornered man we keep him caught between a rock and a hard place, stuck in his armor and entrapped in the frame. It is significant to us that the audience embraces our hero’s realization : he can not hide away from his fate. With the idea of strengthening Mort-Lieu’s suffering, the mysterious knight is always seen from his point of view, as an enigma that we will solve with him throughout the film. Mort-Lieu’s last journey is the guiding thread that links all of our narrative and artistic choices.
We are not women and men of the Dark Ages ; nevertheless, there is a bit of Mort-Lieu in each of us.”
Director Biography – Guillaume Enard
Born in Paris, Guillaume studies filmmaking at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, where he directs his first short Correction starring the famous French actor Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu.
After graduating, he spends the next 10 years working as editor and sound editor on several TV series and feature films such as L’Affaire Dreyfus, Jean Moulin, Dieu Que les Femmes Sont Amoureuses or Una Pura Formalita, collaborating with such famous French directors as Yves Boisset, Magali Clement or Guiseppe Tornatore.
In 2004, Guillaume becomes a full time script writer. He writes, adapts for the screen and supervises the writing of many TV properties such as Marvel’s Iron Man, Casper, Spirou et Fantasio, Invisible Man, Le Marsupilami, Baskup Tony Parker, Trolls of Troy, Plankton Invasion, Mini Ninjas, My Giant Friend, etc.
Meanwhile he directs Brumes, awarded at the L.A. Screamfest Horror Film Festival and the Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival, and broadcasted many times on Universal’s network 13ème Rue. Then, Guillaume writes several feature films such as the monster movie Unleashed and the animated feature Kitty. Then, Guillaume develops the dystopian TV Series Asile – Le Monde d’Après with Room 237, the supernatural adventure drama Desolacion with producer Michel Ruben and director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Following that, Guillaume also adapts as a TV Series the English thriller best-seller Until You’re Mine for the production company Banijay.
Presently, Guillaume is finishing writing the comedy En Vert et Contre Tous for Tigerfish production company. Now that his new short Par le Sang is completed, he’s beginning to develop his feature film projects with his co-director Jonathan Delerue.
Director Biography – Jonathan Delerue
Graduate of the Emile Cohl School of Art in 2004, Jonathan hones his skills as a storyboard artist working for the most part on the “French Frayeurs” film collection such as Frontière(s), Mutants, La Traque and Vertiges.
Rapidly, Jonathan lends his pen and talent to prestigious French production companies, working frequently with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp (Colombiana, Taken 2, Taken 3, 3 Days to Kill, and the forthcoming Koursk…), Dimitri Rassam’s Chapter 2 (Gibraltar, Paradise Lost), academy award winner Thomas Langman (Vanikoro), Alain Goldman’s Légende Films (La French, HHhH), Jericho Films (Radin, Rémi Sans Famille), and also Why Not Productions’ Jackie… He just completed storyboarding Alain Chabat’s Santa & Cie, and Jean-François Richet’s L’Empereur de Paris…
Currently, Jonathan is moving on to making films with his short Par le Sang, which is the spearhead project to be followed with feature films with his co-writer and co-director Guillaume Enard.
MACHINE TRANSLATIONS – SOLA, directed by Jonathan Nix, AUSTRALIA, 4′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE
MYSTERY SKULLS – ENDLESSLY, directed by Double Ninja, USA, 3′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE
KAPLAND – UP IN THE SKY, directed by Arly Jones and Sami Natsheh, SPAIN, 6′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE
CONTRAILS – ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD, directed by Thomas Vernay, FRANCE, 5′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE
OVERWERK – REIGN, directed by Lasse Noer and Lasse Tvilum Tof, CANADA, 6′ > More soon. FRENCH PREMIERE
NOMINATED BEST DANCE
The following dance films all are listed in competition, official selection. The Judges will watch the films during the first 10 days of June. The Judges will cast their votes on June 10 the latest. The winning film will be announced on June 12th. The festival will screen the winning film. More films may screen depending on the final program and available slots.
TANGO SOUS LA TABLE, directed by Bertrand Vacarisas and Thomas Siemieniec, FRANCE, 2′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE
HE VENIDO, directed by Taylor Drury, USA, 4′> More soon. WORLD PREMIERE
LE CHOREGRAVE, directed by Jake Russell, FRANCE, 5′ > More soon. WORLD PREMIERE
PARIS YOU GOT ME, directed by Julie Boehm, GERMANY, 10′ > More. WORLD PREMIERE
SALT WATER II, directed by Abe Abraham, USA, 13′ > More soon. EUROPEAN PREMIERE
OFF LIMITS, directed by Severine Reisp, USA, 4′> More soon. PARIS PREMIERE