Working with Tel Aviv based directors, Daniel Sivan and Yossi Bloch, I’m thrilled to see how my producing research contributed to their Netflix series, the Devil Next Door. Was a Cleveland grandfather who is brought to trial in Israel, the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible. Or, was it a case of mistaken identity? Watch trailer here: https://www.netflix.com/title/80201488?trkid=13710079&MSG_TITLE=80201488&lnktrk=EMP&g=D513A6AB848F50EEBCEB3674DF0AE5AD6455331B&lkid=TITLE_TITLE_2
In republishing Forgotten Ellis Island, my film and book that tells the untold story of how sick immigrants were treated at Ellis Island, we’re reminded that, as a nation of immigrants, America is capable of giving care and compassion to those in need.
The film can be seen on Amazon Prime Video and the paperback book can be ordered here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/109373924X/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_lH7fDbAC757ZX via @amazon
Huffington Post published my Op Ed on the 4th of July about how families and children were treated while immigrating through Ellis Island–especially when needing to be separated due to contagious diseases.
The article is based on research for my film and book Forgotten Ellis Island, which streams on Amazon and PBS watch trailer here:
Boston Film & Video has received an exclusive first option for a film based on The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, being published in July, 2018,(Copyright (c) Nelson R. Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Blackwell and Ruth Limited).
The book features 250 never-before-published letters written by Mandela during the 27 years he was imprisoned. Few people in such circumstances suffered with the dignity, perseverance, and foresight that Mandela displayed. Today, in a world sorely in need of inspired leadership and action, his words transcend time and place. Through Mandela’s letters from prison, his legacy lives on – as it guides and inspires us to face the challenge of living and governing for the common good.
The feature length documentary will be produced and directed by Lorie Conway, an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of Boston Film & Video. A South African-based production team will work collaboratively with her Boston-based team.
The film will focus on 30 or so excerpts from Mandela’s prison letters, selectively chosen to represent his ideas, concerns and emotions as he lived a life without freedom. South Africans from all walks of life, as well as 4-6 celebrity readers, will be invited to convey the great Mandela’s words. Some may wish to interpret them artistically through music, dance, or drumming.
Executive Producing & Co-Executive Producing opportunity is available for one or two funders. For more information about fiscal sponsorship and references, please contact Lorie Conway, email@example.com
As the generals ask for 5,000 more troops to serve in Afghanistan, a country where, according to the NY Times Editorial today, Memorial Day, ” the United States has spent 16 years fighting the longest war in its history at a cost of more than $800 billion and 2,000 American lives. Where there is still no peace, and where everything seems to be going backward. Where the Taliban has regained the initiative, attacking as it pleases and expanding its territorial reach, and where other extremists — Al Qaeda and the Islamic State — also have a foothold.”
For the past several years on Memorial Day, over 20,000 flags are planted on the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park founded in 1634. Each flag represents a soldier who died from Massachusetts. Thousands come to pay their respects…here’s a short video I produced a few years ago in tribute.
Looking forward to the screening and book signing event on Ellis Island, May 27th, of my film Forgotten Ellis Island which is in its second run on PBS. So many of the stories in the film resonate with the stories being told today as the debate about immigration continues. Who we are — as a nation of immigrants — informs who we will be in the future.
For information on the screening and tickets, please click here:http://untappedcities.com/2017/05/04/vip-tour-film-screening-at-abandoned-ellis-island-hospitals-with-lorie-conway-author-and-director-of-forgotten-ellis-island/
A new film is in production about John Demjanjuk, a former auto worker from Cleveland, who was extradited in 1987 to Israel, to face charges of crimes committed during the Holocaust. The prosecution claimed that John was actually “Ivan the Terrible” — a sadistic Nazi officer who murdered 900,000 Jews in a death camp. The trial was broadcast live on Israeli tv, and the twists and turns of the facts clashed with doubts about Demjanjuk’s real identity, creating an international media circus, as survivors, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and members of Demjanjuk’s family collide. Currently, I’m assisting the Israeli producers in locating journalists who covered the trial, members of the Cleveland Ukranian community who stood in solidarity with John Demjanjuk, friends of the family, and many others to participate in the telling of this riveting story that was as polarizing as it was ambiguous as the near 35 year legal saga went on and on.
Here’s a short video I produced for a “little” project I’m working on…may the series gods be smiling!
Big shout out to Derry Policaro-Schwantner for her editing prowess and smiles!
Click on the above link to listen to Robin Morgan’s interview with me about Beatrice Mtetwa’s ongoing work in Zimbabwe. Despite continuing “persecution by prosecution,” Beatrice soldiers on defending victims of Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime. High risk and often without pay, human rights law is anything but easy. But as Beatrice said in the documentary about her work (which I produced in 2013),
“You know this has to be done. Somebody’s got to do it. Why shouldn’t it be you?”
Fundraising is underway for a sequel to “Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law,” and this film will focus on a primary school in Uganda, located on an island in Lake Victoria. The school was created by teachers who viewed the film about Beatrice and were so inspired they decided to name a school after her and teach lessons in human rights. Today, the Beatrice Mtetwa Primary School has thirty students learning about their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Justice, Leadership and Excellence is the school’s motto. To help me tell this story and produce Tiny Ripples of Hope, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As the presidential race drones on and the debate surrounding immigration escalates, take a listen to the voices of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Not that different than those seeking to become citizens today, the Ellis immigrants are the bedrock of modern America–40% of us trace our roots to them. In spite of nativist rhetoric demanding laws that restricted immigration, even a literacy test, 12 million immigrants were allowed entry to America at Ellis Island. The nation’s collective face was changed forever.