2019 Filmmakers in Residence

Sari Gilman

Gilman is an award-winning filmmaker with 20 years of experience. Her directorial debut, Kings Point (2012) was nominated for an Academy Award, won prizes at film festivals nation-wide, and aired on HBO. Most recently, Sari co-directed and edited the Netflix original Saving Capitalism, about Robert Reich. She was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for her work on Rory Kennedy's Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, and the first feature documentary she cut was Judith Helfand's Blue Vinyl, which also aired on HBO and premiered at Sundance. She wrote and edited Trapped, which premiered at Sundance, had a theatrical release in March of 2016 and aired on PBS' Independent Lens. Sari is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About "One Family"

Howie Gilman, the filmmaker's father, is a contrarian 75-year-old Jewish man who believes that Israel does not have a right to exist. He is the inspiration for a film-part-documentary andpart-fiction-which explores the meaning of home and belonging. One Family tells the story ofhow these questions emerge for the Gilmans and their extended family. Some are cousins whomoved to the West Bank from New York City in the 1980s; some are pro-Israel, but peace-loving cousins; and one is a native-born, progressive Israeli married to a cousin who is secularand apolitical.

Eva Ilona Brzeski

Eva Ilona Brzeski is the award-winning writer, director and editor of Fellow American, This Unfamiliar Place, 24 Girls and China Diary, and the director and editor of the independent feature LAST SEEN. A graduate of the Stanford Masters Program in Documentary Film, she edited the acclaimed documentary films Under Our Skin, Unsettled (in post-production) As She Is, Twitch and was a co-editor on Serenade for Haiti and Sacrifice, as well as editing other documentary and narrative films & television series. Eva's films have screened worldwide at such festivals as Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival, and have received numerous awards. Eva lives in the Bay Area where she also works as a free-lance editor and studies meditation.

About "Fatherland" (working title)

Pawel Jesion escaped the Warsaw Ghetto at age 14, leaving his family behind. In his pocket was an identity card from a Polish classmate Andrzej Brzeski. Pawel, now Andrzej, fled to the countryside, where he lived in hiding. He never saw his family again. He never told his children his real name.

A filmmaker finally confronts her 93 year old father trying to understand the story he has never told her. Raised with no awareness of her Jewish ancestry, she remains haunted by the reverberations of his past in her own life. He denies any connection to his original identity, and she is left to forge her own relationship with the history he has hidden for so long.

Yoav Potash

Potash is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose past films include "Crime After Crime," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, earned the New York Times Critics' Pick distinction, and garnered over twenty honors.

 

About "Diary from the Ashes"

Many mysteries unfold when a long lost diary-first discovered in the ruins of an Auschwitz crematorium in 1945-surfaces in present-day San Francisco. Unlike Anne Frank, this diary'sauthor did not write her diary while in hiding with her family. Rywka Lipszyc, a determined andimaginative teenage girl, penned her account as anorphaned captive in the brutally oppressive Lodz ghetto, where she was forced to work for the German war effort, even as the Nazis prepared to wipe out her entire people. Nonetheless, Rywka used her writing to conjure up hope, relying on her imagination to escape the unimaginable.

About "The Remembered"

The Remembered brings to life the lost Jewish history of Gniewoszów, a small Polish town. When descendants of the town's Jews return to search out and honor whatever traces of their heritage they can find, the town's oldest residents reveal secrets held their entire lives, describing how ordinary Polish townsfolk made life and death choices about their Jewishneighbors. The film brings to light harrowing and inspiring accounts of the past-and makessurprising discoveries that continue to resonate today.

Steven Pressman

Pressman was born and raised in Los Angeles and received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked for many years as a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco. He wrote, directed and produced the documentary film 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, which premiered on HBO in 2013 and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Historical Programming. The film was shown at the 2014 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and has also been shown at numerous other film festivals, schools and colleges, U.S. State Department, embassies and other venues throughout the United States and abroad.

About "Holy Secrets"

More than seven decades later, the actions of the Vatican during the dark period of World WarII and Nazi Germany's unleashing of the Holocaust against European Jews remain a hotlydebated and highly controversial topic.Only weeks before his death in early 1939, Pope Pius XI was on the verge of issuing a sweepingpapal encyclical that, on the eve of the Final Solution, would strongly denounce the Nazis andtheir virulent anti-Semitic policies. But the new pope, Pius XII, had his own papal agenda, whichdeterminedly steered the Holy See away from outright condemnation of Nazi Germany and itsincreasingly brutal campaign to wipe out European Jewry.

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