When we began filming the The Reconstruction of an 18th Century Polish Synagogue project we raised enough money through our Kickstarter campaign to make a short (ten to fifteen minute documentary). Your contributions helped put our film crew on location as the project was built. Thank you!
As the Gwozdziec reconstruction gained international recognition, the synagogue’s symbolic importance became ever more apparent and the project took on a life of its own. We saw that our film could interest a new generation in the 1000 years of Polish-Jewish history and reveal much of the robust culture that was lost. We shot additional footage and extended the interviews to include more important scholars who have been attracted to the project.
We are very close to completing a compelling one-hour documentary. We need just $35,000 to complete the post-production work (color and sound optimization and the licensing of historic materials). We are determined to finish the film in time for the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw in 2014 and continue our search for donors who will help make it possible.
As you may know from our e-mail updates, our film Raise the Roof about the rebuilding of Gwoździec, was named as a finalist for a $35,000 grant from the Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Films. The winners were to be announced in December. Last week we received word from the Kroll Fund that the Kroll Foundation had collapsed and that no grants are to be awarded this year.
Despite the setback we are moving ahead full steam. Last weekend we created a new dedicated website to raise the $35,000 we need to complete the film. Your name is included on the list of donors on the site. Please visit PolishSynagogue.com.
We also made a live presentation at the Sha'aray Shalom in Hingham, MA. The live event received an enthusiastic response and we raised nearly $10,000. Please let us know if there might be interest in having us make a presentation in your community. You can download a pdf about the presentation here.
Prints from the Gwoździec synagogue— You can now purchase detail prints of the Gwoździec synagogue’s ceiling painting from the Raise the Roof website (polishsynagogue.com) for $25.00 each. All proceeds from the sale of prints will offset the film’s post-production and distributions costs.
Rick & Laura Brown, Handshouse Studio
Cary, Yari & Babs Wolinsky, Trillium Studios
John Rubin, John Rubin Productions